Server Migration

Server Migration

Servers and the hardware in a server room require special attention when a server move or server migration is planned.

Normally, an in-house or contracted server moving project manager is brought in to oversee the server moving project from the beginning.

Whether your server move is a small or large move, it is always wise to have an experienced project manager at the helm of the server move.

A dedicated team of professional server movers such as is necessary to ensure the server migration will be executed without any problems.

Server movers have experience dealing with most any issue that may arise, along with proper IT insurances. Normally, the server move will involve moving servers from the old location (origin) and setting it up at the new location (destination).

Business Impacts

The impact of the server move on a business needs to be minimal to reduce the amount of downtime the company data is offline. Normally, during a server move, the servers will be the last piece of equipment to be turned off and the first to be turned on. This is known as “spin down” and “spin up”. This means a server move for a business will require a schedule with a structured time frame, though allowing for situations that may arise. Server moving is an important aspect of any business server migration project. The only task of a project manager and server movers will be to ensure the move is completed securely on time and meets predefined quality standards.

Relocation Complexity

Technicians who are experienced server movers will be the best choice for a server relocation and migration project. Servers in use at a business may be a standard type or be set up based on a custom environment. A server move will typically involve multiple stages beginning up to many months in advance.

Pre-Move Activities

The first thing a sever mover may do is perform a hardware audit and create a schedule. This involves a detailed assessment of the existing location, the new location, and the serial numbers of equipment that will be moved. A service impact analysis may also be performed to determine any dependencies and impacts on Service Level Agreements. The goal is to ensure minimal business disruption for the client. There is also a discussion with the client about the power down (spin down) sequence. All server equipment is photographed to use when re-racking equipment at the new location or a VIZIO diagram is provided for the re-installation. Backups of any data should always be made by the business that is having the server move done.

Packing the Equipment

Electrostatic bubble wrap, peanuts, and other electrostatic packing materials are used for packing larger server equipment. Custom wooden crates may also be used that are foam lined. Crates are normally reserved for special circumstances to protect populated racks. Smaller items that will be moved are packed appropriately. Fixing points in the moving vehicle are used to secure the cages with protection provided for rack corners.

Recommissioning the Servers

The schedule and time frame for any business moving servers will include re-establishing server connections (cable management) at the new location. A technology control sheet will be provided with each piece of equipment that will be used for reference to ensure all equipment is present. A cable management process is used to ensure proper cable routes are used and server racks will be accessible for service. Each piece of equipment is then reassembled in the correct configuration with the proper connections put in place. This includes a mouse, keyboard, and any monitors.

Final Checks

The server equipment will then be powered up (spin up) once the set-up and connections are complete. Components will be checked to make sure they function correctly. Spin up and testing are normally done by the business that had the servers moved. Server migration is a great opportunity to enhance the current configuration of a server room for future growth. is able to assist any company with server rack design and a configuration for a new location. A variety of customization options are available based on the needs of the client.