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[…]

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 Read more about Transitional CIO, CTO, and IT Services[…]

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[…]

Desktop Moving Guide Updated for 2009

We’ve updated our  Desktop Moving Guide with additional content and mistakes to avoid for 2009. Moving your desktops during your corporate relocation does not have to be complicated or mysterious. Computers should not be treated as furniture. Download our Free Desktop Moving Guide and learn how you can move desktops the right way. The guide Read more about Desktop Moving Guide Updated for 2009[…]

What’s The Secret To Becoming a Data Center Magnet?

That’s the funny thing. It’s not a secret. John Rath put together a great piece on why the Midwest could become a data center magnet. It’s a good read. Especially for economic development organizations struggling to differentiate their areas. How many of these factors do you have? How well do you stack up against the Read more about What’s The Secret To Becoming a Data Center Magnet?[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

Texas and Wyoming Invest in Their Power Grids

Wyoming earmarked $1 billion in 2004 to improve power transmission capacity with four projects already underway as a result. Texas also understands the critical need to invest in the transmission grid and is proceeding with plans to put almost $5 billion to work to capitalize on power transmission originating from wind farms. It’s not as Read more about Texas and Wyoming Invest in Their Power Grids[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

Wyoming Silently Transforms Transmission Capacity

It’s no secret that the transmission grid is the weak link in power delivery to industrial and large commercial customers. Dual transmission feeds, expensive primary-side UPS systems and backup generators are common solutions for data centers. But large customers wanting power diversity to their location discover that footing the bill for transmission improvements is no Read more about Wyoming Silently Transforms Transmission Capacity[…]

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

Special Offer: Want the free checklist? Answer these 3 questions. 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 books on the process of writing a good SOW, you 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

Exclusive Bonus: Want it free? Answer these 3 questions. 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 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[…]

How to Move your Business – Understand the Scope

This is the first part in a series of posts to help you understand the elements for a successful business move focusing on the information technology (IT) components. Moving your business is not like moving your home, although many have made this mistake.Perhaps you’ve been searching for a sample checklist or Microsoft Project Plan to Read more about How to Move your Business – Understand the Scope[…]