Lessons in Geographic Diversity

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is a rigorous approach to ensuring your business can continue to operate in the event of an unplanned outage. Despite all the attention to BCP, the lesson of Geographic Diversity continues to be a lesson learned but a lesson not remembered. A transformer explosion at hosting company, The Planet in Houston,  Read more about Lessons in Geographic Diversity[…]

Losing Staff During Post-Move is Common

Many organizations fail to plan properly for the post-move phase. Circuits and facilities need to be decommissioned, rapid response teams need to be ready to resolve unforeseen problems, and executive management needs to provide the proper budget to this phase so that staff is not stretched to the breaking point. Executives need to be aware Read more about Losing Staff During Post-Move is Common[…]

A Data Center Move Primer for Regional Economic Development Agencies

As reported by Rich Miller at DataCenterKnowlege, forward-thinking Regional Economic Development Agencies are focusing on attracting large data center projects. The debate continues on the real economic impact after accounting for tax incentives and infrastructure improvements given the relatively small amount of jobs these large footprint data centers create. What many economic development agencies may Read more about A Data Center Move Primer for Regional Economic Development Agencies[…]

How Do You Calculate Moving Expenses For Relocations?

Many data center or computer room moves are often part of a larger corporate relocation. In the early decision-making process, a judgment is made to determine the feasibility of the move and the cost. The computer room or data center expenses can often be an after-thought. In the rush to get to a budget number, Read more about How Do You Calculate Moving Expenses For Relocations?[…]

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[…]

How to Write a Data Center Relocation Statement of Work (SOW)

Special Offer: Want the free checklist? Answer these 3 questions. Learn to write an RFP with our free crash course. Writing a Statement of Work (SOW) for a Data Center Relocation can be a daunting task. Has your Google search for an example to jump start your efforts left you frustrated? While there are entire Read more about How to Write a Data Center Relocation Statement of Work (SOW)[…]

What Are The Biggest Green Data Center Myths?

The greening of the data center continues to grow in media popularity. In the rush to sell products and services that tie into the Green Buzz, there isn’t much common sense being applied to the problem. 1. As long as data centers continue to use the extremely inefficient method of air-side cooling, there will be Read more about What Are The Biggest Green Data Center Myths?[…]

Wyoming Incentives to Lure Data Centers

The Wyoming Business Council has earmarked $5 Million to provide reduction of the utility costs for electrical and/or broadband for the recruitment/growth of Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV Data Centers. See Wyoming (Enrolled Act NO. 85), Appropriations for details. Incentives have played major roles in recent data center location announcements. While Cheyenne has Read more about Wyoming Incentives to Lure Data Centers[…]

Pick the Low-Hanging Green Fruit First

While the data center green marketing push continues to gain momentum, the measured progress for green data centers is suspect. It’s unclear how much of this activity is designed to fuel capital spending and how much really saves energy. If you ask almost any CIO (or CFO, CTO, or CEO), you’ll learn they have no Read more about Pick the Low-Hanging Green Fruit First[…]

A Lesson in Geographic Diversity

Even as 365 Main takes the unprecedented step of publicly updating everyone on their root cause investigation of the generator failures that darkened many well-known web sites, will the lessons learned become lessons remembered? Take this short quiz for your own organization: 1. Are your DNS servers geographically dispersed? If all of your DNS servers Read more about A Lesson in Geographic Diversity[…]

Easy to Avoid Data Center Design Mistakes

There are a number of firms who specialize in data center design and do a great job. Unfortunately, there are many more who continue to design and build data centers with glaring problems. Having to move organizations into these brand new but defficient data centers makes me question if the designers have ever reconciled their Read more about Easy to Avoid Data Center Design Mistakes[…]

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[…]

How to Develop Early Budgetary Estimates for Moving a Data Center

Not a day goes by without a inquiry for a quick estimate for moving a data center. After a futile search with Google looking for a benchmark for a data center per square foot moving cost metric, I often get that urgent request for help. Too often, there is not enough time to complete a moving cost estimate with any Read more about How to Develop Early Budgetary Estimates for Moving a Data Center[…]

Why You Should Care About Independence

Data Center moves are expensive. Many equipment vendors use a strategy that strikes fear, uncertainty, and doubt when it comes time to move your equipment. They void your support contracts and warranties if you don’t use them to move the equipment. Multiply that by the different vendors represented in your data center and you’ve got Read more about Why You Should Care About Independence[…]

Five Mistakes to Avoid During a Corporate Relocation

Common pitfalls to avoid include:         Presuming that a move over the weekend represents the best time to move. This common misconception demonstrates a failure to understand that the weekend represents the time when the most number of resources to your company will be unavailable. Techniques that keep your mission-critical systems available can mask your Read more about Five Mistakes to Avoid During a Corporate Relocation[…]

Our Data Center Moving Guide Helps You Avoid Mistakes

Do you need a roadmap for your upcoming datacenter or IT (Information Technology) move? By now, you have many questions: How much is this going to cost? Can we move our infrastructure alone? What are the best practices? Is our moving date feasible? Can someone help with site selection? Will you lose your job if Read more about Our Data Center Moving Guide Helps You Avoid Mistakes[…]