In recently published Gartner research article, one in ten data center servers older than 12 months and less than 36months will be relocated in 2013. Colocation, cloud application repurposing, reexamination of primary and disaster recovery locations after Super Storm Sandy are some of the factors contributing to mission critical data center asset migration. As a result, logistic planning and services are a growing part of operational data center management.
Relocation of enterprise assets involves more than just moving equipment from point A to point B. Data centers and their components require different consideration than other corporate logistic projects. Mission critical environments data disposition, transit security are a few of the elements that distinguish enterprise based logistics. How these elements potential affect a relocation project and the selection of a logistics partner should be considered.
Picking an experienced company in data center protocol and deinstallation is a good place to start. Proper deinstallation protects expensive hardware, assures continuity of existing warrantee and maintenance agreements and saves time and money during reinstallation. Capacity to meet tight deadlines and flexibility to accommodate off hours and likely schedule changes should be considered.
As with any data center project need for potential data disposition and data security exists in asset relocation. Many enterprise focused logistic companies have the ability to handle data disposition onsite if required and certified procedures for offsite data security. Both onsite and offsite options should include full reporting by asset tag, drive serial number, a defensible audit chain and be able to accommodate any internal compliance requirements. Even if a migration project is not spec’d or anticipates these services selecting a vendor with experience and capability in data disposition and security is a good idea.
Transit and potential storage security requirements should be examined and matched with the capabilities of potential enterprise logistic providers. Lock out transport, secure storage faculties options should include certified, established chain of custody procedures.
Over the course of planning and implementing any data center project equipment needs and requirements can change quickly. Some equipment slated to move may no longer be required at the time of relocation. Other equipment may be deemed inoperable after or during the move.
In both cases, repurposing and or recycling services may be required. Many qualified logistic companies handle disposal and where appropriate remarketing of repurposed enterprise equipment and components. As with previous services Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state and local compliance, with established chain of custody and a full understanding of internal goals and policy can be critical to a successful relocation.
By its nature data center relocation often involves questions of asset security, asset and E-Waste disposal, potential equipment repurposing and data disposition and security along with moving gear from one place to another safe and cost effectively. Logistic providers that offer certified solutions to the above can save time and money while satisfying important internal and external compliance requirements.