Common Misconceptions Regarding Moving Data Centers
Today, many big enterprises may have concentrated their core business activities around a data center. So it is inevitable that the location of such a critical resource must be made secure by all means. If a particular site where the current data center resides proves to be unsafe, then arises the huge challenge of moving or shifting the data center to a new geographical location. Top-level management executives and directors need to understand the complexity involved in such a procedure. Some common misconceptions that top-level managements have about moving data centers geographically are:
It is Easy
The IT staff are superheroes
Managements believe that their own IT staff will have all the required infrastructure and expertise needed to make the shift and there is no need for external help.
No disruption of business because of downtime
It is a common belief that data center downtime is not a big problem as it will not disrupt key business models because there will be some sort of solution and Plan B for it.
Date and Time
They believe that the best time to carry out the procedure would be on weekends and possibly during the night because they feel usage of data center resources may be limited during that course of time.
Underestimation of transfer budget
With all these misconceptions, managements always fail to calculate the exact budget required for moving the data center.
Unless toplevel managements are made aware of the risks and expenses involved in the procedure, and their misconceptions rectified, moving of data centers will be a highly risky venture.