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Protecting Your Data During A Data Center Relocation

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A data center relocation can be a very delicate operation. Your data needs to be backed up and transferred without business interruption and that in itself could cause some problems if the data is improperly handled. Not only do you need to worry about the potential for data loss, but you also need to make sure that your data is secured. 

Schedule Your Migration

There are two types of migration: full migrations and incremental migrations. In a full migration, you transfer all your data at once. This may interrupt your business for a moment, but you'll be able to get everything done at the same time. An incremental migration transfers data in stages, such as transferring an email server and then customer data. Incremental migrations take longer, but they are more likely to be stable. Before you move forward, you should decide on a type of migration. 

Backup Your Data in a Separate Location Before Moving

Any time you're working with your data, it's important to have another encrypted and secured backup in another location. For your business, you may want to store this on an external hard drive or a secured cloud server. This protects your data from incidents that could occur during the backup, such as equipment failure that could wipe out the data that you are transferring. 

Check Your Internet Connection

When relocating to a data center, you'll almost always be transferring your data over the Internet. A poor Internet connection is going to make this difficult -- and a very bad Internet connection could even introduce errors and corruption into your data. Make sure that the other devices in your office are not utilizing your Internet connection and test it out for speed.

Validate Your Data

Before moving forward, your data should be validated. Once transferred, the data may appear to be there but could potentially be inaccurate or corrupted -- especially if you weren't transferring the entirety of your infrastructure but were instead porting data from application to application. Check your data thoroughly to make sure that it matches the data on your old systems. 

Your data center expert can probably assist you with your relocation, but ultimately your company's data is going to be your own responsibility. Follow the above tips to remain safe and secure, and make sure that you're conscientious about security. Once relocated, your data center will be able to properly maintain your data and mitigate threats.