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Proven Data Center Moving Tips

Do you want a successful data center move? First timers and veterans alike want to succeed with their data center move. I’ve made most of the mistakes I warn you about in my book “What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving a Data Center.” I understand that you have no time to waste. I understand

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The Top 3 Crucial Data Center Move Checklist Elements that Belong in Your Project Plan

I get calls every day from professionals looking for a jump start for their data center move planning. Every project manager knows you should understand the fundamentals that govern the project you’ve been asked to oversee. A data center move is not the project where you should cut corners on that understanding. Here are three

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Common Pre-Move Tasks

A data center relocation has many pre-move items to be completed. The common tasks you will encounter for most every data center move are: Identify the machines, components, and applications by name Physically label everything Document reconnection details for network and storage components Backup all systems, devices, appliances, raid configurations, and storage switches Identify the

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Guide to Data Center Moving

I’ve made most of the mistakes I warn you about in my book “What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving a Data Center.” I understand that you have no time to waste. I understand that you have a certain idea of what you want. An example work breakdown structure (WBS), a budget, a move playbook,

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Book Excerpt: Is a Data Center Move Narrative Important?

In this book excerpt from “What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving a Data Center“ by Blaine Berger, the importance of a Move Narrative is explained. If you have too many items undecided or changing constantly, your move might be feasible—you just won’t have any confidence in its feasibility. Even worse, you’ll be unable to defend

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Moving from the Data Center to the Cloud

Cloud migration projects continue to garner interest from organizations seeking a variety of benefits. Executives understand that these complex projects require multi-disciplinary teams to increase the odds of success and realize the promised ROI (return on investment). Unlike piecemeal approaches, a data center move to the cloud presumes you will decommission your existing data center

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The Tyranny of Your Data Center Move Plan

I’ve reviewed many data center relocation plans. Some are simplistic and some are complex, but most suffer from a single and fatal flaw — Everything has to work correctly in the prescribed order. Everything has to go right. Is that a likely event in the world you live in? Think about it in the context

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Key Milestones For Migrating a Data Center

You can search the web for someone’s data center move key milestones example or you can do the heavy lifting to discover the critical milestones that matter for your organization. If you’re a project manager, you know the difference in successful outcomes when you follow proven methodology versus taking shortcuts modifying ill-fitting templates. Many organizations

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Desktop Moving Guide for 2013

We don’t move desktops but think the task should be done with the same rigor as any professional project. We’ve been sharing our Desktop Moving Guide online in an effort to help those confronted with this task in their organization. The guide covers these important stages: Preparation Labeling De-Stage Re-Stage Common Mistakes Use this guide

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Data Center Move Consolidation

Data Center consolidation projects are accelerating and many Information Technology (IT) professionals are faced with their first data center move. A consolidation project is a focused effort to reduce costs and this singular goal can bias decision-makers against using outside help. However, consolidation can also mean staff reductions and a loss of subject matter experts

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Survival Guide For Your First Data Center Relocation

Exclusive Bonus: Click for $3 off the data center moving guide that shows veterans and first-timers alike how to move their data center successfully. Most project managers tasked with their first data center move naturally search for an example Work Breakdown Structure(WBS) or a Microsoft Project Plan file they can modify. What they quickly learn

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Data Center Move Checklist Primer

Exclusive Bonus: Click for $3 off the data center moving guide that shows veterans and first-timers alike how to move their data center successfully. Most project managers tasked with their first data center relocation begin a search for a data center move checklist to get them started. Some even hope to find a completed work

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CIO Alert: Key Data Center Improvements

Even with all the information about proper hot and cold aisles, dueling CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioners) units, and improper return air dynamics, IT (Information Technology) teams are still operating inefficient data centers with glaring problems. Compounding this problem is the fact that facilities managers and IT mangers rarely collaborate to understand the data center

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Move your Data Center to the Cloud?

Someday soon, someone is going to challenge you to move your entire data center to the cloud. Enough case studies have emerged to entice CIO’s (Chief Information Officers) to explore the promised cloud economics. After all, who can resist the dangled carrot to reduce costs, simplify deployments, and improve business agility? No one. And marketing

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Getting Started with Data Center Move Governance

Most Enterprise organizations have some form of IT Governance in place. However, these structures are often inadequate for a data center relocation. Getting governance right is one of the critical success factors for a well planned and executed data center move. What is governance? Governance is about who makes the decisions and how they are

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Three Tips to Tackle an Urgent Timeline

After budgeting, the most frequent question about a data center move is about the timeline. Every move is different and there is no typical timeline and yet project managers continue to search for the magic data center relocation template. Executives want to know how much the data center move will cost and when it can

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The Lost Art of a Well-Run Table Top Exercise

Exclusive Bonus: Click for $3 off the data center moving guide that shows veterans and first-timers alike how to move their data center successfully. A table top exercise can illuminate weak points in a complex plan or test the ability of professionals to respond to scenario-driven events. These exercises should be standard operating procedure in

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Avoid Data Center Relocation Post-Move Mistakes

Is it surprising that a data center relocation can uncover organizational issues in addition to the technical challenges encountered? Yet, many are unprepared for this painful reality. From a budget perspective, post-move tasks are rarely forecast which results in ad-hoc responses. From a personnel standpoint, staff losses during the post-move period are common. Retention bonuses,

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The Data Center Relocation Budgeting Paradox

In a perfect world, a data center migration would be planned and executed for a fixed budget amount with no surprises or overruns. For data center moves, however, it seems the complicated problems show up at the end when the budget has been depleted and the stakes are high to get the problems resolved. How

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The New Year Brings a New Data Center Moving Guide

Every data center move is unique and every move is important to us. We’ve updated our popular data center moving guide for 2011. Enter your e-mail address in the form on your right to receive this 28 page guide. E-Oasis Wants to Earn Your Business While many white papers are written carefully to disclose very

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Not All Data Center Moves Are Complicated

Make no mistake, we’d like to earn your data center relocation business. However, not all data center moves are alike. They can range from complex to straight-forward and everything in-between. When you research a data center relocation on the web, it’s easy to find conflicting information about the task.  Some data center moving project managers

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How To Choose A Data Center Relocation Firm

Having help moving your data center can free your scarce resources — if you know what to look for. The value of planning and executing a data center relocation is easy to see.  Done well, customers and staff alike are informed, downtime is minimized, and your company avoids negative press.   Finding a firm that

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5 Things to Know Before Moving Your Data Center

Data center moves are not common events for most organizations.  As a result, the response to this event can range from chaotic panic to a complete lack of urgency. We’ve compiled some resources to help you understand the complexity with five things you can do right now. Get the Data Center Moving Guide Understand the

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Complexity Blindness and Data Center Relocations

Moving a data center is not an ordinary event in most corporate environments.  While most know that planning and preparation are critical to a successful relocation, there are a number of elements that trip up even the most careful planner during their data center move. Complexity Blindness Underestimating complexity is widespread and a common affliction

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Data Center Moving Workshop Series

Making good decisions is not just a requirement of the C-Suite. It’s a critical skill at every level of an organization. When considering a data center move, how do you know which decisions you’ll encounter? How do you avoid decision paralysis costing valuable time? What if you could attend a customized workshop at your facility?

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Keep Your Options Open When Moving Your Data Center

Whether you move your data center yourself or engage data center move services, you are going to need to budget, plan, execute, and clean up the post-move mess. Avoiding common relocation mistakes while keeping your job can be quite a challenge. Our data center moving guide can help you understand the relocation process. We’ve revised

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Transitional CIO, CTO, and IT Services

Transitional or Interim services are not for every organization, but few are prepared for the sudden departure of a key executive. While it’s  typical for us to  provide these transitional services as part of a Data Center Relocation,  the services are available to all organizations. What Problem Are You Trying to Solve? We don’t pretend

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Four Reasons Not to Relocate Your Data Center

Data Center relocations can be justified from a number of perspectives. Out of power, out of space, and inadequate cooling are all common reasons for a data center move. But what are the compelling reasons to stay put? Lack of a comprehensive data center moving plan. Don’t be rushed into a data center relocation without

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Accidental Data Center Planning

While many organizations operate more than one data center, it’s rare that any two are alike. External forces often manifest as a crisis where something must be done about the data centers. Expand, contract, consolidate, or relocate are common outcomes. While it’s true that best-practice experts will preach continuous planning, it’s also true that most

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Learn More About Data Center Moving

Our Data Center Moving Blog helps you learn more about data center moving. The posts to this site can be found by category: Data Center Moving Checklist Data Center Relocation Data Center Site Selection Corporate Relocations The Sitemap below shows all of the topics on this site. Subscribe to Blog updates via e-mail on the

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