An IT relocation or any sort of network migration requires a lot of preparation in order to assure that bringing your operation back online at the new location goes off without a hitch. Here are a few tips to get your IT equipment ready for relocation before the move.
Survey Existing IT Assets
Look at your existing IT assets and inventory. Which items are getting long in the tooth and ready to be replaced? Which equipment needs constant maintenance and service? Which assets no longer are needed or are not being used because the company has changed direction and decided to go with a different solution?
An IT relocation is the perfect time to reevaluate these assets and determine if they need to be replaced or recycled. Why move them if they are simply going to be put into storage? Before the move is the perfect time for a technology refresh.
During a move identifying each and every item is critical. Make sure all of your equipment has current asset tags and that all critical information such as model numbers, serial numbers, and any other critical operational information (depending on the item) has been captured somewhere. Items which are often overlooked are cables, power adapters and other peripheral equipment.
Make sure that the equipment labels include a location code–whether this is a room or area number–for the new facility to make sure that it ends up in the right place and no guesswork is involved when trying to put everything back together.
Get the New Site Ready Before the Move
It is much harder to install a new network drop if you discover that it is in the wrong place after you’ve moved the workstation. Other issues such as painting, replacing ceiling tiles or running cable are far more challenging to complete after the equipment has been moved to the new site. Work closely with the landlords, engineers, construction workers and service technicians to make sure everything is ready before the move begins.
Have a “Plan B”
There is no such thing as a flawless IT relocation. There are always problems that will need to be addressed: a critical piece of equipment fails, a server node is mislabeled, or a password doesn’t work at the new site locking you out of the system at a critical juncture. Always have a Plan B in place in case of issues that disrupt your operation. Make sure this plan covers all business-critical operations as part of the plan.
Need Some Help with Your IT Relocation?
Contact Starnet Data Design and hire an IT Relocation Consulting Specialist to help guide you through the IT and data center relocation process. Our relocation specialists have many years of experience handling these types of projects. Simply go to our Contacts page and complete our simple online contact form, or call us at 1-800-779-0585 for more information.