The most complex equipment at your company most likely resides within your data center. And because it houses your most important information, you want to make sure you move your data center right the first time. Here’s what to do to make sure your data center gets to your new location completely intact:1. Planning Costs the Most, So Do it Right One of the most important aspects of planning is making sure the temperature of your new location will stay in an acceptable range for your equipment. Interestingly, many data centers reach their temperature capacity before reaching their physical capacity. The room remains hot, even though plenty of space is available for more equipment. Another factor to keep in mind is that professionals who have done many data center moves know the amount of risk taken on during the move is directly proportionate to the amount of planning you do beforehand. When you plan to move to your new location, account for these factors and all others before actually making the move. 2. Which Move Method Will You Use? This depends on how much your employees and customers need access to the information in your data center. “The lift and shift” move is what you already know – do a backup, turn the equipment off, move it, install, and turn it back on again. The “swing move” involves setting up temporary systems and replicating the data at your destination while you move your equipment over. The “logical move” involves no physical movement of equipment whatsoever. This could entail moving all your data center information to the cloud. Or, you could have a central data center and then create virtual machines off-site. 3. Decommission Obsolete Equipment A move is a great time to upgrade or streamline your equipment. Newer equipment often automates processes that normally require manual labor. It also generally gets more reliable and durable than older equipment. If you have the budget available, consider replacing your old equipment with newer equipment. 4. Let Your CRN Team Member Do the Actual Moving They will have insurance, which covers you just in case something goes wrong. Moving your data center equipment requires knowledge of how to shield it from electrostatic and electromagnetic damage. Above all, approach the entire process with patience and an open mind. Moving your data center is no simple process. And if you work together with your CRN team as a partner, you’ll minimize the hassles and make your move as smooth as it can possibly be.