Data Center Relocations Today
Data center relocations today
Over the past two years, I have seen a dramatic spike in the frequency of data center relocation requirements. This is expected to continue for at least the next few years because the convergence of increased physical compaction of IT systems and the mean age of a typical data center will continue to force many data centers into early obsolescence.
More than half of the data centers I have seen relocated in the past two years are facilities that are seven to 10 years old. The typical planning horizon for a commercial building is 20 years. Today's equipment power densities were not considered seven to 10 years ago. These power densities continue to be on the rise, with some analysts predicting greater than 40kW per rack and beyond. Unless your data center could easily handle that density today, chances are you, too, will be moving sometime in the next few years.
Data center relocations are an exceptionally high-risk concept. The level of effort put into the planning phase by those who specialize in orchestrating these migrations is directly proportionate to the amount of risk mitigated. It is an exercise that requires collaboration with areas of the business with which one might not normally interface.
Keep in mind that everyone is a stakeholder and approach the discovery exercise with patience and an open mind. These two guiding principles are critical to uncovering all of the information needed to accurately identify dependencies and understand the sequence of events required to move your assets. Chances are you'll probably need to assemble a team comprised of more than just two guys and a truck.
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 email@example.com.