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Data Center Relocation: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A Stinging Reminder to Take Nothing for Granted When Migrating Your Physical Data Center to a New Location

Stingray City

Data Center Relocation is Risky | Cayman TroughHave you ever visited Stingray City[1] in the beautiful Caribbean waters near Grand Cayman Island? It’s a rare destination spot for tourists to interact with Southern Stingrays in their native habitat. It’s here where charmed thrill-seekers stand in three feet of water and hand-feed these generally docile creatures with little concern for the dangers lurking near.

You see, although Stingray City resides on a sandbar mere feet from the ocean’s surface, it sits precariously close to the Cayman Trough[2]. At its deepest location, this underwater trench plunges

25, 217 feet to the ocean floor and is home to sharks and other predatory creatures of the deep.

These waters are no place to let down your guard or to get mentally sloppy with your calculations when transporting trusting tourists back and forth on adventure tours. You must always be alert and vigilant to the potential challenges that lie around you.

The same can be said when you physically relocate your data center to a new location. There are myriads of situations which could potentially derail your efforts, or worse, drown your IT infrastructure altogether. These threats can cause an untold loss in revenue for your company.

To lessen potential loss, consider the following steps to safeguard and streamline your data center move.

12 Steps To Consider For Data Center Relocation

  1. Think critically about your physical data center relocation strategy.
  2. Document your thoughts and consult with others to ensure your plan is a good one.
  3. Solicit the help of qualified individuals to assist you in the physical and technical tasks required to complete this move.
  4. Study and map your current data center configuration so you will know how to reassemble it at your new location.
  5. Take time to determine which legacy system(s) you should maintain and which legacy system(s) you should render obsolete.
  6. Dispose of all obsolete IT legacy equipment in a safe and proper manner.
  7. Confirm your new data center location is fully equipped to handle your existing data center infrastructure.
  8. Safely transport your data center to your new location.
  9. Reassemble your data center at your new location.
  10. Test, test and test your newly installed IT data center before bringing it back online and green lighting its use for everyday operation.
  11. Fix and repair any troublesome issues that arise.
  12. Monitor your newly relocated data center for ongoing efficiency and equipment performance.

Summary

It’s a perilous journey to navigate the deep dark waters of an IT data center move. But this is the mission for many brave IT professionals. They put their reputations and livelihoods on the line while crossing this seemingly wide expanse.

But there’s “a method to the madness,” as explained in 12 easy steps, to safeguard and streamline your next data center relocation project.

Plus, you can always contact Sherlock Services for personalized guidance and hands-on care.

Contact Sherlock Services

We are a leading third-party maintenance provider with years of experience in IT storage, server and network support. We are also able to assist you in long-term monitoring support as well as providing an upgrade path for your current IT infrastructure.

Should you have the need, we also offer data center relocation and IT asset disposition services.

Don’t wait for your manufacturer’s warranty to run out. Allow Sherlock Services to demonstrate our value to your business.

Contact us to schedule a FREE no-obligation needs assessment with our knowledgeable Account Executive now. Sherlock Services, when it comes to supporting IT, we’re at your service.

A Stinging Reminder

Oh, and one more thing…. Never underestimate the power of a stingray.

Remember Steve Irwin[3], the beloved animal expert and conservationist. He was “pierced in the heart by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean’s Deadliest.”[4]  Sometimes, the most routine and seemingly ordinary tasks are the ones that can lash out and sting you.

 

[1]     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingray_City,_Grand_Cayman

[2]     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayman_Trough

[3]     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Irwin

[4]     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Irwin

 

The Future’s Here…YOU Just Don’t Know IT Yet.

3 Ways Micro Data Centers are Shaping the Course of Tomorrow – TODAY.

Micro Data Centers | Planning | RelocationHave you heard about the new Kinetic Edge construction taking place in Chicago? Vapor IO is building it; a localized grouping of micro data centers which provide compute power and low latency transmission to the networks’ edge.  The future is here…you just don’t know it yet.

This ground breaking technology brings digitally stored data to the edge of the wireless Cloud where computer applications engage with the physical world.

Hangar Technologies, Inc. (Austin, TX) recognizes the power of Vapor’s Kinetic Edge. The two are working together to provide 4D InSight using autonomous drones as a platform to serve industry. Using Vapor’s Kinetic Edge micro data centers network, Hangar will be able to navigate their drones on autopilot to bring cutting-edge visualization to such disciplines as: construction, engineering, infrastructure, agriculture, transportation, insurance, telecom, mining and public safety.

And thanks to advancements made in edge computing and micro data center technology, more “smart” applications are coming online every day.

Two Problems: Latency and Bandwidth

To better understand the impact micro data centers are having on our world, it is helpful to consider two key problem areas associated with data transmission over an IT network.

The first is, LATENCY.

And the second is, BANDWIDTH.

According to WhatIs.TechTarget.Com, “Latency is the delay from input into a system to desired outcome.[1]

Think of it like this.

When you store digital data in the Cloud, in reality you’re storing it geographically apart from you. The digital files are stored off of your computer device in a 3rd-party data center many miles away from your physical location. The delay you experience when opening a file depends on the distance you are from this Cloud data storage. This delay is called, latency. And it can cause big problems if your need for the data is ‘mission critical’ (Ie. used for navigation,  medical care, banking or other immediate and pressing circumstances).

Now let’s think about bandwidth.

Again, according to WhatIs.TechTarget.Com, “Bandwidth is the capacity of a wired or wireless network communications link to transmit the maximum amount of data from one point to another over [X][2]” (X representing the medium used for transmission).

If you are experiencing latency in your responsiveness to the Cloud, one way to offset this is to increase the bandwidth of your Internet connection. But as you might imagine, this costs money. And depending on the amount of bandwidth you request — lots of it.

Edge Computing and Micro Data Centers

According to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, “Edge computing is the practice of processing data near the edge of your network, where the data is being generated, instead of in a centralized data-processing warehouse.[3]

Edge computing provides a boost in processing power and reduction in latency close to the physical world where the tech is being used.

Micro data centers are just as their name implies. Small, fully contained, digital data storage units which can be stored in a closet, under a desk, or even camouflaged as furniture. Their primary role is to house data on the network’s edge…so it doesn’t need to take the time of traveling to the Cloud’s core.

The Impact of Micro Data Centers

Data Center Relocation | Micro Data Center Speed ImageFollowing are 3 ways Micro Data Centers are shaping the course of tomorrow – today.

IN MOTION

When you think of autonomous vehicles, Tesla generally comes to mind. But there are many other services and roving applications in the works which will rely heavily on edge compute and micro data center storage technology for effective operation. There are autonomous drones, as mentioned above, and countless other robotic creations being developed. Not to mention, all of the AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) real-time gaming devices increasingly coming into play.

All of these moving applications require computers to operate. But without high-speed data processing and storage their usage is all but pointless.

IN HOME

You may have of heard of IoT (the Internet of Things). As WhatIs.TechTarget.Com explains…

“The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers ( UIDs ) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.[4]

Obviously, the more IoT devices there are within a home, the larger the amount of demand it places on an Internet connection.

Here too micro data centers are helping to offset this weakness by providing computer data storage at the edge of a wireless network — creating a near seamless connection between the digital world and the physical world.

IN BUSINESS

Businesses have much to gain from edge computing and the use of micro data centers as well.

In situations where latency is a problem, the best solution is to push compute further to the edge of the network. This provides processing power and data storage close to where the data is being generated and used. Such holds true for any size organization — large, medium or small.

There are other reasons for incorporating a micro data centers into the office. Security is one of them.

When you store digital information in the Cloud, you run the risk of incurring a security breach simply because your data is being transmitted across the world wide web. Given enough time, chances are a hack will occur. Although not pleasant to think about, one must factor this unfortunate possibility into their data storage strategy in order to help mitigate against such loss.

Furthermore, if data is mission critical, it’s important this information is readily accessible with no time delays. It’s humbling to think about, but in some medical circumstances only a few seconds of latency could mean the difference between life and death.

In each of these situations, maintaining a fully optimized micro data center under a desk or in a closet could help to offset and lower this risk.

Summary

In summary, Vapor IO and Hangar Technologies, Inc. are two organizations among a growing many who recognize the need for edge compute and micro data center capabilities in our fast paced world.

While core Cloud storage will always have a place in the IT ecosystem, it’s necessary to mitigate against latency and bandwidth restrictions as well as heightened security risks by adding micro data center storage to the network’s edge.

Such change will have far reaching implications across multiple industry sectors. It will shape the technological course for how “smart” applications and devices are best utilized in motion, in home and in business.

Contact Sherlock ServicesMicro Data Center Services | Moves and Data Center Support

If you would like more information on how best to implement edge computing and micro data storage within your organization, Sherlock Services is here to help.

We are a leading third party maintenance provider with years of experience in IT network support. We are also able to assist you in long-term monitoring support as well as providing an upgrade path for your current IT infrastructure.

Should you have the need, we also offer a data center relocation service and IT asset disposition.

Don’t wait for your manufacturer’s warranty to run out. Allow Sherlock Services to demonstrate our value to your business. Contact us today.

[1]     https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/latency

[2]     https://whatis.techtarget.com/search/query?q=bandwidth

[3]     https://www.hpe.com/us/en/what-is/edge-computing.html

[4]     https://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/definition/Internet-of-Things-IoT

HP3000 Crash Test

Here’s a funny video of the kind of Power House an HP3000 used to be! Unfortunately, they don’t build them like that anymore. And this is not what we mean when we say “We handle your Media Destruction” but if you do need that kind of service, we do it in a more “Humane” manner. Check us out.

https://youtu.be/ZwDSfpDAbjU

Much Ado About Your Legacy HP Hardware

3.5 Considerations For Managing Your Aging IT Infrastructure

Alfred W. Elmore [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Much_Ado_About_Nothing_by_Alfred_Elmore_1846.jpg

What’s Ado About “Legacy”

In 1598 and 1599, when Shakespeare wrote his famous play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” you can be sure he did not use HP hardware to write it. 

Yes, the idea of “legacy” implies “old.” But in the context of computer technology, “old” is relative. 

In fact, you can own computer hardware that becomes outdated in a matter of years simply because it has been surpassed by newer technological advancements. This does not mean the “older” hardware is inoperable or unable to perform key tasks in business. But it does pose a shift in the way it’s defined — i.e. as “legacy” hardware — because it is no longer the newest computer hardware technology on the market.

A Play For Your Business

As with any Shakespearean play, the show the audience sees frontstage is largely determined by the quality of performance which takes place backstage. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rosenfeldmedia/41634489422

To think about it from a business perspective, the way people see your company directly relates to the quality of backstage processes and systems you have in place to support your frontstage work. Often, company executives find themselves relying on legacy hardware to perform key support roles backstage of their business. 

According to Paul Mah, “the biggest culprit of SMB downtime is actually due to hardware failure, which accounts for some 55 percent of all downtime events in ​SMBs.1 

Hewlett Packard and other leading computer manufacturers know this and are all too eager to push their new computer hardware simply because it’s the “latest and greatest” technology available. Without a proper understanding of this dynamic, poor IT management decisions are likely to result which can lead to significantly negative repercussions down the road. 

Following are three ways to consider the pros and cons of maintaining your legacy HP hardware with a forward-thinking perspective on innovation and growth.

1. Orient Yourself To The Tech Demands Of Your Industry

Not all industries require the same level of IT sophistication to be competitive. Thus, it’s important for you to be aware of both the technological capabilities of your competitors as well as the general expectations of your clients. 

Banking is an example of an industry caught squarely in the middle of this debate. John Lamb wrote in ComputerWeekly.com, “Despite the IT industry's efforts to improve the standard of operating systems used in the enterprise, a significant number of users choose to stick with apparently outmoded operating systems for some of their most critical applications. Legacy server operating systems from suppliers such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Tandem and Unisys still power important applications in banking, travel and the public sector.2

Take time to think critically about the role your IT infrastructure plays in the overall health of your organization and how it stacks up to the demands of your industry. Such forethought is sure to reward you as mission-critical decisions become necessary over time.

2. Commit To A Transitional Strategy Of Improving Your Hardware Over Time

Addressing your HP hardware needs does not have to take place all at once. There are many organizations who are slowly modernizing key components of their IT infrastructure as time and resources permit. 

Do an analysis to determine what it costs to maintain your legacy system per year. You should also factor in a time when parts and service are likely to become obsolete.3 Such preparation will give you a foundation from which to launch ongoing IT improvements and keep you alert to any backstage performance issues that may arise.

3. Consider Investing In Used Computer Hardware Over New

While it’s important to have a longterm strategy to modernize your legacy HP hardware, it may surprise you that a viable option for updating your equipment is to buy used. 

What can easily be overlooked is the fact that slightly used, yet well maintained, HP computer hardware provides comparable benefits to purchasing completely new equipment albeit for less cost. Also, slightly used equipment confirms the hardware has been “tested” — a surprising omission of some new equipment parts. 

Take for example the scenario of buying a new vehicle. It’s often recommended, for the best value, to buy slightly used and to avoid purchasing the first year a new model is released. Similarly, when purchasing HP hardware, buying slightly used equipment provides an opportunity to maximize your return on investment which simply is not possible when buying new.

3.5 Contact Sherlock Services For All Your HP Hardware Support Needs.

In many ways, the very nature of technological progress ensures that “legacy” hardware will always be of concern. Yet, there is an easier way to address your HP hardware support and HP server support needs. 

1. Orient Yourself To The Tech Demands Of Your Industry 

2. Commit To A Transitional Strategy Of Improving Your Hardware Over Time 

3. Consider Investing In Used Computer Hardware Over New 

3.5. Hire Sherlock Services As Your Go-To 3rd-Party Resource 

We are a leading 3rd-party IT service provider with years of experience in HP hardware support and HP server support. We are also able to assist you in long-term monitoring support as well as providing an upgrade path for your current IT infrastructure.

Don't Wait For Your Manufacturer’s Warranty To Run Out.

Allow Sherlock Services to choreograph your backstage performance freeing you to focus on your audience at show time.

Click below or call 866.827.6804 to schedule a FREE no-obligation needs assessment with your friendly account rep today.


Hurricane Preparation Procedures

  1. Ensure You Have a Backup

Don’t wait until the day before a hurricane to back up your files! It’s a good practice to frequently back up your data files to an external drive or memory key to prevent loss of data, as well as to store it in a secure, safe place. Print a copy of your important/emergency contacts and take them with you in the event that you do not have access to them from your phone or computer, you’ll have them available to use via a landline.

  • If you hold the physical installation media to non-enterprise wide software purchased through your department, consider making a copy of it, if you are licensed to do so. Sherlock Services does not keep copies of unique software.
  1. Secure Your Equipment
  • Computers/Storage Systems:
    • Shutdown the operating system.
    • If connected to a surge protector or UPS – unplug the surge protector or UPS from the wall outlet (or unplug power cables from the surge protector or UPS if wall outlet not accessible).
    • If no surge protector – unplug the power cables from the wall outlet (or back of the equipment if the wall outlet is not accessible).
    • Unplug Ethernet cable from the back of the equipment.
  • Printers:
    • Power off the printer.
    • If connected to a surge protector – unplug the surge protector from the wall outlet (or unplug the power cable from the surge protector if wall outlet not accessible).
    • If no surge protector – unplug the power cable from the wall outlet (or back of the printer if the wall outlet is not accessible).
    • Unplug the Ethernet cable from the back of the printer.
    • Unplug phone cable from the back of the printer (if fax line connected).
  1. Network Services

Sherlock Services will keep all mission-critical systems in service as long as possible. However, certain services might need to be brought off-line and/or shut down before the storm hits. This is necessary to ensure that equipment and services are safe from the effects of the storm.

After The Storm

Sherlock Services will work as quickly as the circumstances permit to restore network connectivity and services throughout the environment. As you reconnect your office equipment make sure to reconnect them to your surge protector or UPS as they were before. Expect power surges, brownouts, and fluctuations for at least several days or longer after power has been restored. All the effort you went through in preparation may be lost if you take a hit after the storm.

For additional assistance, please contact Sherlock Services at 866-827-6804

Paying Too Much For Maintenance?

Did you know that many 3rd party providers sub-contract most everything? This means you could be paying 15% to 25% more for the same services we provide direct. Sherlock Services is a Third Party Maintenance support company providing break/fix support for equipment in the data center.

We provide support for:

HPE 3PAR

Hitachi

Nimble

NexSAN

EMC

Printers

Servers

and more

Check out our offerings at www.sherlockservices.com to see the list of equipment that we directly support or call us at (866) 827-6804.

Why Use a Third Party Maintenance Provider?

Per Gartner Group, TPM contracts offer customers an average of 60% savings off OEM support list prices.  However, depending on equipment type, location and product density, Gartner has seen that the range of savings is more like 50-95% off OEM list pricing.

Use this information when you are planning your IT Infrastructure budget. Contact us at Sherlock Services and we will supply you with a quote today.

Got HP?

Did HP tell you that they will not extend maintenance any longer on their products and you have to buy new?  Sherlock Services does not play that game.  If you bought it for a purpose and the purpose still exists, why replace it?  We can provide maintenance for the full HP line of products including these that are recently or about to become EOSL:

HP EVA P6350 – 1/31/2017

HP EVA P6550 – 1/31/2017

3PAR T400 – 10/31/2017

HP ProLiant BL465c G7 – 12/31/2017

HP ProLiant BL490c G7 – 12/31/2017

HP ProLiant BL460c G7 – 2/28/2018

HP Lefthand P4300 G2 – 4/30/2018

HP Lefthand P4500 G2 – 4/30/2018

HP ProLiant DL360 G7 – 4/30/2018

HP ProLiant DL380 G7 – 4/30/2018

HP ProLiant DL385 G7 – 4/30/2018

HP ProLiant ML350 G6 – 7/31/2018

HP Proliant G7

At the end of this year, HP will be dropping support for most of their Gen 7 line of products.  By May of next year, all HP Proliant G7 products will be unsupported by HP.  This does not mean that you need to replace your equipment but that you need to find someone to provide warranty and maintenance for your G7 servers.  Sherlock Services provides a full range of support models to match your needs and budget from next business day parts only to 24×7 with dispatch service.

Servers that HP will be dropping the support for are known to be “End of Service Life” or EOSL.  The servers that are included in the G7 announcement are:

 

HP ProLiant BL465c G7 Blade

HP ProLiant BL490c G7 Blade

HP ProLiant DL360 G7

HP ProLiant DL380 G7

HP ProLiant DL385 G7

 

Don’t let your maintenance lapse.  Parts for these servers can be very expensive as they get older but Sherlock Services has plenty of stock to supply their customers.  Reach out today and see what we can do for you.