What is Your Data Center Decommissioning Strategy?

While much has been written about data center site selection and data center commissioning, post move tasks are often overlooked entirely. Decommissioning is one of those often overlooked efforts. How do you properly decommission a previously active data center? First, you need to decide what decommisioning actually means to you. Are you stripping the space Read more about What is Your Data Center Decommissioning Strategy?[…]

Data Center Commissioning: Push The Big Red Button

It’s not uncommon to be planning a data center move into a facility that is being designed or is already under construction. Schedule pressures often compress necessary commissioning activities and shortcuts often lead to surprises later. The Emergency Power Off (EPO) system should be tested before you move a single piece of equipment into your Read more about Data Center Commissioning: Push The Big Red Button[…]

Modern Data Centers Require Solid Electrical Infrastructure

It’s well established that large data centers are seeking cheap power. That criteria can lead to locations where substation improvements are required to provide the redundant power paths that are a key criteria of a modern data center. From a very basic perspective, power should enter the site from different substations following route diversity. Each Read more about Modern Data Centers Require Solid Electrical Infrastructure[…]

Common Executive Management Misconceptions of Data Center Moves

Moving a data center should be a systematic task with plenty of planning and execution time to produce a solid relocation plan. More often, it’s a scramble to meet an objective set by executive management as part of a larger effort. Some common executive management misconceptions include: Moving a data center is easy. The Information Read more about Common Executive Management Misconceptions of Data Center Moves[…]

Diversity Defeats Downtime – A Lesson Remembered?

Data Center Knowledge does a great job of aggregating the downtime woes that continue to manifest in ways that should or could have been addressed. There continues to be a lesson learned from decades of computing infrastructure knowledge that stubbornly refuses to translate into a lesson remembered. Lesson Learned: Diversity Defeats Downtime Within the data Read more about Diversity Defeats Downtime – A Lesson Remembered?[…]

Don’t Overlook Acclimation in Your Data Center Move

Most data center move planning often overlooks the topic of acclimation. Your equipment has likely been powered on for years with spinning disks and CPU’s operating at high temperatures inside a closed environment. When this equipment is powered off, it typically is rushed out the door and “shrink-wrapped” on the way to the moving truck. Read more about Don’t Overlook Acclimation in Your Data Center Move[…]

What do you need to know about data center site selection?

Let’s stipulate that many experts can help you with a site selection for your data center. Further, you can search for checklists and overviews and devise your own methodology. In case that is all you are looking for, here’s an overview from Ron Hughes. But before you start, what do you really need to know? Read more about What do you need to know about data center site selection?[…]

The Elusive Datacenter Move Checklist

UPDATE: This post has been substantially updated with more content. See the new and improved content:  Data Center Move Checklist Primer   The searching comes in many forms from a sample data center WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) to a relocation move checklist, to a project plan for data center relocation, to a search for typical Read more about The Elusive Datacenter Move Checklist[…]

Common Undermining Move Factors with Data Center Relocations

While every data center move has unique challenges at every phase, some common factors are at work undermining the move’s success. Awareness and action can mean the difference in the success or failure of your move. Let’s explore a few of them. No Common Sense of Urgency (or No Urgency at all !) The Accelerating Read more about Common Undermining Move Factors with Data Center Relocations[…]