Preparing the Target Site

By Kris Domich  |  Posted 2010-07-07 Print this article Print

Preparing the target site

Many organizations will find that some portion of existing assets is not worth moving. This may be because the assets have reached end-of-life (EOL), are being virtualized or are otherwise decommissioned. Regardless of the reason, any change in the number or type of assets that will reside in the target site will have an effect on the physical and environmental requirements of the target site.

The bundling exercise will indicate what needs to move, what doesn't, and what accommodations may need to be made for swing equipment. From this, a physical space plan can be derived and the necessary calculations for space, power and cooling can be performed.

Since most equipment racks are designed to be stationary, the systems must be removed from the racks prior to physically relocating them. As previously mentioned, a bundle may be composed of systems from multiple racks at the source data center. This means that there may not be a free rack available to move with the systems of a given bundle. For this and other reasons, most relocations will require some new racks to be predeployed at the target site in order to receive incoming systems from the source.

Some organizations may opt to leave all racks behind at the source and deploy a uniform system of new racks at the target. This offers many advantages that may outweigh the costs such as standardization, the ability to easily integrate environmental sensors or rack-level security, and a uniform aesthetic in the target site.

When specifying the requirements for the target site, it is important to keep in mind the opportunity for improvements and the ability to correct shortcomings that developed over time and as a necessity to sustain growth in the source site.

One area in particular is the cable plant (OSI Layer 1); data center relocation gives an organization the option to hit the reset button on how they deploy and manage Layer 1. Companies must pay special attention to prepatching each rack with the proper color coding and labeling scheme prior to relocating systems to the target. Having each rack prepatched will save a considerable amount of time and minimize troubleshooting headaches on move days when time is precious.

Kris Domich is the Principal Consultant of Data Center Solutions for Dimension Data North Americas. Kris has over 16 years of technical and consulting experience in data center migration, design, management and operations. His data center migration clients include many Fortune 100 companies as well as federal, state and local agencies. In addition to the United States, his repertoire spans continents, with significant experience in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Recognized globally for a strong business acumen and profound technical knowledge, Kris has served as a direct advisor to the executive leadership of numerous Global 1000 companies. Kris is a regular speaker at international trade shows and events, and often publishes articles on data center design, electro/thermal considerations, virtualization and other data center trends. He can be reached at

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