When a business undergoes a data center relocation, its CTO and IT team will usually take that time to examine the business’s technological needs to make sure that they are being met and make the necessary upgrades. This can often result in certain pieces of equipment being replaced and/or removed from the infrastructure.
Unfortunately for some companies, however; a data center migration can turn into a logistical nightmare because suddenly they have an excess of equipment that’s no longer being used and they have no idea what to do with it. Therefore, we’ve created an easy-to-follow data center relocation/migration checklist to help your business ensure that its move is efficient and successful.
Step 1: Take Inventory
Every component in your data center needs to be inventoried prior to making the move so you know exactly what you’re dealing with and to help protect your investment. Separate the components into categories such as which ones are being moved to the new data center and which ones are being replaced or removed.
Step 2: Address Security Concerns
You need to have a plan ready prior to the move to address any data security concerns. This includes utilizing the services of a professional data destruction company to destroy the data on any equipment not being reused.
Step 3: Create and Assess a Budget for the Move
Data center relocation requires a lot of time and money, so creating a budget for the process will help you ensure that your migration goes according to plan. Assess the budget throughout the process to ensure accuracy, as factors such as construction, renovation, equipment, and staff can continually change as the process unfolds.
Step 4: Partner With a Computer Liquidation Firm to Handle the Excess
Choosing a computer liquidation firm to handle the liquidation of your excess equipment will help make your data center migration go smoother because you won’t have to worry about moving equipment your business no longer plans on using. Plus, when you sell your equipment to the liquidation firm, you may even be able to obtain a return on your investment that may help cover the cost of the liquidation and quite possibly even part of the relocation expenses.
Step 5: Have a Back Up and Disaster Recovery Plan Ready
Before the equipment is removed from the current data center, it is critical to back up the data to help prevent data loss during the relocation process. Having a disaster recovery plan ready to go will help minimize the damage should something unexpected happen to the equipment or data during the move.
Step 6: Make the Move
Before you move to the new data center, verify that it is ready and that its services have been tested and approved. Once this is accomplished, start relocating your data center according to your plan to help minimize your business’s downtime.
If you are looking for a reliable computer liquidation firm to help your data center move go off without a hitch, then contact Liquid Technology today at 800-797-5478. We can purchase your entire inventory of excess equipment in one, convenient transaction, and help you manage your relocation more efficiently.