Data Centre Relocation Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment Process Summary

Data Centre Relocation Risk Assessment Process
Risk Assessment ProcessDue to the high stakes involved in a move out of a Data Centre (DC) to a new location, a Risk Assessment is highly recommended prior to the move being initiated. The Data Centre Relocation “Risk Assessment” Process identifies what can go wrong and the steps identified to mitigate the potential issues. Examples of some of the issues that can be encountered include:

  • Racks may encounter obstacles moving to the loading dock due to DC retrofits.
  • Servers may not power on after the move
  • Weather conditions may affect drive time delaying planned move time.
  • Trucks may have breakdowns further delaying planned move time.
  • Equipment weight such as enterprise storage may cause waves in data centre flooring eventually crashing through a tile on the floor.
  • A rack rail may become loose causing servers to come crashing down on one another within a rack.
  • Racks in the existing data centre may not be appropriate for the new data centre.

Usually, we think about the TECHNICAL RISKS or FUNCTIONAL RISKS that can be encountered when making a move from one data centre to another. There are a host of NON-TECHNICAL or NON-FUNCTIONAL issues that must also be considered and addressed to mitigate and minimize the potential for serious data centre relocation delays. Mitigation strategies must be developed for all potential risks, both technical and non-technical, to ensure that the data centre relocation takes place effectively, efficiently and within the planned time frame.


6 Stages of DC Relocation Risk Assessment ProcessThere are six stages in the Data Centre Relocation “Risk Assessment” Process as shown in the figure to the right:

  • The first three stages (1, 2 and 3) are to list the Functional and Non-Functional risks and identify their impacts.
  • The fourth stage (4) is to identify the mitigation strategies for each of the risks.
  • The fifth stage (5) is to document the details of each risk, associated impacts and the mitigation steps to be taken in the event there is an occurrence as demonstrated in the figure above.
  • The sixth stage (6) of the Data Centre Relocation “Risk Assessment” Process is to develop the mitigation plan, execute the plan if and when a risk evolves to a real issue and monitor and track progress against the plan.

The information identified and documented in the six stages described above and shown in the figure to the right serve as preparation for the action plans to be invoked for resolving any risks that evolve to real issues during the execution of a data centre relocation, ultimately leading to a successful and timely relocation.