Gartner Research

A Checklist for Data Center Relocation

Published: 25 September 2009

ID: G00170738

Analyst(s): David Cappuccio , John R. Phelps


Moving any data center is a risky proposition. Following this checklist will help enable a successful relocation.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Form a Multifunctional Project Team, Including Key Advisors
  • Develop a Comprehensive Requirements Profile and a Business Case
  • Complete Exhaustive Site and Building Selection Process (Build, Buy or Lease)
  • Prepare Detailed Equipment and Application Inventory; Determine Replacement Items and Associated Costs
  • Complete a Detailed Engineering Plan and Space Design for New Facility
  • Design a Detailed Move Plan That Includes a Strategy for an Equipment Move Sequence, Backup Operations During the Move, Installation and Testing, and Ongoing Operations
  • Prepare a Detailed Employee and Management Communication Plan
  • Conduct a Postmove and Project Audit
  • Tactical Guidelines

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