Ways To Make Your Data Center Decommissioning Manageable

Preparing for Data center decommissioning is a daunting task. There is so much to remember, even more to prepare for and the materials you’re working with are sensitive. Suffice it to say, a full decommission is a huge undertaking. But there are ways to make this task more manageable.

Hiring A Reputable Data Center Decommissioning Company

Hiring a reputable data center decommissioning company is the ultimate key to a successful decommissioning. This is a delicate operation and it requires a company that’s thorough, has experience, and is willing to work with the needs of your company. Testimonials are a great way to determine a company’s reputation. One way to get a good read on testimonials is to ignore the ones with evaluative words like “good” or “bad” and look for testimonials that describe qualities, like “reliable” and “professional”.

Checklists Work

Once you’ve hired a company that you trust, now it’s time to prepare. What better way to prepare than to use a checklist. Checklists are crucial: it’s a proven fact that if you manage a task with a checklist, you’ll suffer fewer mistakes. This is why so many institutions, including the government, hospitals, military and aviation academies all use this simple but genius way to keep track of complicated tasks.

Preparing for data center decommissioning is definitely a complicated task. But our list breaks the preparation for this task up into manageable steps, so you know that you’ve gotten each part 

completed and correct. This checklist also helps you to keep track of which task is done and which needs to be done.

Below is a comprehensive checklist that will help you get through the difficult, but necessary task of data center decommissioning.

Your Decommissioning Prep Checklist:

  1. Identify or discover the servers that need decommissioning and log them.
  2. Schedule the servers to be decommissioned. Make sure to create a buffer for unforeseen circumstances.
  3. Collect and tag the software licenses for the scheduled servers
  4. Cancel any vendor maintenance contracts connected to the software or server
  5. Back up all important information and data.
  6. Disconnect the servers from the network.
  7. Remove subnets, access control lists (ACLs) and firewalls.
  8. Cut the power from the equipment that’s ready to be decommissioned.
  9. Let the data company you hired know that you’re ready to begin your decommission.

Data Center Decommissioning Frees Up Resources For Bigger And Better Things

Data center decommissioning can be difficult, but ultimately consolidating your data centers will save time, energy, and money. It will also free up resources for expansion in productive and lucrative ways.

Critical Power Products and Services can help you through your data center decommissioning and you can free up those vital resources, so your company has the room to grow. Contact us for more information on how we can help make your data center decommissioning more manageable.