By Reid Smith-Vaniz

This is part two of our three-part series entitled “21 Questions to Ask Before Your Data Center Move” which will be published this week on the Reliant Storage Blog.

There are upsides as well as risks when moving your data center. It’s a great opportunity to refresh all or a portion of your legacy infrastructure, buy new equipment or set up your data in a larger site at a better location. On the other hand, a data center move affects a lot of people at every level of your organization, not to mention your customers. Things can go wrong and big outages can occur. It’s best to plan and head off major problems and work with an outside consultant or staff member who has experience in data center moves. Whatever your situation, it’s best to plan and run through a list of questions like these to make sure you’re prepared. For the first 7 questions, see the first blog in this series.

Here are the next seven questions to ask yourself about your data center move.

8. Can we keep a portion of our assets here and move some to the new site and have a production DR setup?

9. What is our budget?

10. How many people can we assign to work on this?

11. What trucking company will we use for logistics?

12. Who will pack all our equipment?

13. Who will rack and stack the equipment at the new site?

14. Who will cable the equipment at the new site?

You might think DR is a pipe dream, but it isn’t. But with the recent advances in third-party support and lower costs on pre-owned storage, it is worth a second look. Pre-owned storage is also a great way to take some pressure off your budget while finding an ideal solution that is cost-effective. It’s important to pay close attention to every step in your next data storage move. It is usually the “small” tasks that no one plans for that end up catching IT professionals off-guard. Look closely at your logistics and be prepared.

There are seven more questions that are essential to answer before you’re ready for a move. These will be published tomorrow so stay tuned. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to stay up to date and receive regular updates and advice on managing your storage infrastructure.