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.


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.







Patti Porter