Forming Application Bundles for Migration

The elusive clear picture of the business environment supported by interdependent applications rarely emerges without a deep dive into those applications. Frameworks and methodologies can only take the practitioner so far. Eventually, subject matter experts will need to do the heavy lifting to understand every application that must be moved. In some cases applications can be Read more about Forming Application Bundles for Migration[…]

Data Center Site Selection: One-Size-Fits-All is Nonexistent

What is one of the most critical pieces of the puzzle for your successful data center relocation? Consider what a thoroughly researched, carefully considered data center site selection process can accomplish. No simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the site selection process exists, however. You must choose based on your business needs and available resources. Rarely will you have Read more about Data Center Site Selection: One-Size-Fits-All is Nonexistent[…]

How to Rehearse a Data Center Move

How does a rehearsal improve your data center move success? Moving a data center is a huge undertaking. Having a plan to support the move and limit potential business disruptions is critical to a successful move. The plan must be well thought out and provide step-by-step instructions for each phase of the project. Rehearsing the Read more about How to Rehearse a Data Center Move[…]

Data Center Move Playbook Explained

Previous to my consulting career, I spent over a decade with IBM inside many large data centers. The data center remained in a state of constant change. Equipment moved in and out frequently and this equipment was much larger than the hundreds of smaller servers you find in today’s data center. Many other things have Read more about Data Center Move Playbook Explained[…]

Is It Time For Fleet Management For Applications?

Consolidating and shuttering many data center sites into a few is a high-level concept that is simple to grasp. Cost savings in the form of lower electricity consumption, fewer facility-based charges, and fewer staff are but three compelling efficiencies. In practice, meaningful data center consolidation is painfully slow as the U.S. Federal Government and many Read more about Is It Time For Fleet Management For Applications?[…]

Book Excerpt: Data Center Move Punch List Template

In this Book Excerpt, Author Blaine Berger introduces the powerful punch list as a tool for managing a data center move. What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving A Data Center In 1999, I had the unique opportunity to participate in the construction of the new San Francisco International Airport (SFO) terminal project. This was Read more about Book Excerpt: Data Center Move Punch List Template[…]

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 Read more about Proven Data Center Moving Tips[…]

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 Read more about Moving from the Data Center to the Cloud[…]

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 Read more about The Tyranny of Your Data Center Move Plan[…]

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 Read more about Key Milestones For Migrating a Data Center[…]

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 Read more about Data Center Move Consolidation[…]

Data Center Move Checklist Primer

Exclusive Bonus: Want the checklist free? Answer these 3 questions. 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 breakdown structure (WBS) that they can customize. A data center move, however, is unlike Read more about Data Center Move Checklist Primer[…]

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 Read more about CIO Alert: Key Data Center Improvements[…]

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 Read more about Move your Data Center to the Cloud?[…]

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 Read more about Getting Started with Data Center Move Governance[…]

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 Read more about Three Tips to Tackle an Urgent Timeline[…]

The Lost Art of a Well-Run Table Top Exercise

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 an Enterprise as a way of removing surprises from complex events and gaining practice with disaster recovery testing, data center relocations, and critical response Read more about The Lost Art of a Well-Run Table Top Exercise[…]

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, Read more about Avoid Data Center Relocation Post-Move Mistakes[…]

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 Read more about The Data Center Relocation Budgeting Paradox[…]

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 Read more about The New Year Brings a New Data Center Moving Guide[…]

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 Read more about Not All Data Center Moves Are Complicated[…]

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 Read more about How To Choose A Data Center Relocation Firm[…]

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 Read more about 5 Things to Know Before Moving Your Data Center[…]

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 Read more about Complexity Blindness and Data Center Relocations[…]

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? Read more about Data Center Moving Workshop Series[…]

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 Read more about Keep Your Options Open When Moving Your Data Center[…]

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 Read more about Four Reasons Not to Relocate Your Data Center[…]

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 Read more about Accidental Data Center Planning[…]

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 Read more about Learn More About Data Center Moving[…]

A New Year, A New Data Center Move Guide

Every data center move is unique and every move is important to us. We’ve updated our popular data center moving guide for 2009 doubling its size to over 20 pages. E-Oasis Wants to Earn Your Business While many white papers are written carefully to disclose very little information, ours are different. Make no mistake – Read more about A New Year, A New Data Center Move Guide[…]

Do It Yourself Data Center Moving?

Should you move your data center yourself? Of course that depends on quite a few factors. When talking to most do-it-yourselfers, you quickly discover that this will be their very first data center move. You also learn that they are already planning to commit many of the common data center move mistakes that will make Read more about Do It Yourself Data Center Moving?[…]

Can you Afford Your Assumption Errors?

You’ve been tasked to find out how much it’s going to cost to move your data center. After searching, downloading data center move white papers, and expanding your search to data center move checklists, you haven’t found a single “average cost to move a data center”. And if you received an answer from your search, Read more about Can you Afford Your Assumption Errors?[…]

What’s Next After the RFP?

You may be required by your organization’s purchasing policy to use a formal solicitation and selection process for your data center relocation. Good Data Center Relocation RFP’s are not easy to write and are even harder to evaluate. A data center move of even moderate complexity contains equipment from many vendors. A data center move Read more about What’s Next After the RFP?[…]

The Executive’s Guide to Data Center Move Planning

Important: This is the data center moving guide that Executives should not be without! Most Data Center moves begin with the C-Level suite typically with a seemingly simple question: “How much is it going to cost us to move our data center?” In the scramble to answer that question, a less-than-scientific process begins that often jeopardizes Read more about The Executive’s Guide to Data Center Move Planning[…]

Fooled into Inaction

Much has been written and discussed about the current business cycle, the future of the economy, the clear investor panic, and the sea-change in consumer confidence. A common theme is emerging from the C-Suite and no wonder! Virtually every media outlet from traditional to online is participating in the parade of panic. And that parade Read more about Fooled into Inaction[…]

Should You Virtualize Before or After Your Data Center Move?

Data center moves are often triggered when your facility has run out of space, power, or cooling. With the proliferation of virtualization, you may view the data center move as a catalyst for moving forward the virtualization agenda. In fact, many information technology projects often appear out of nowhere to hitch their ride to the Read more about Should You Virtualize Before or After Your Data Center Move?[…]

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?[…]