Tips and tricks to ease your colo data center installation

5 tips to make your data center installation go smoothly

We know how stressful it can be to deploy infrastructure in a colocation facility. Here are our tips to make the task easier, no matter if you are deploying 1 or 10 cabinets.

Purchase your connectivity in advance

Unfortunately, telcos are really slow to deploy transit ports. The fastest provider we tested, deployed in 14 days, which is pretty slow when you consider most colocation providers can deploy a few racks within 48 hours.

To prevent having a rack to pay but no connectivity, shop for your internet transit in advance.

Notify your colocation provider

Notify your colocation provider at which dates you will bring your gear and deploy it. This will help your provider plan accordingly. If you are deploying a single rack, this should not be an issue, but if you have a lot of gear to bring in and need access to the truck dock, you will need to work with your provider to make the operation run smoothly.

Get your access badges done in advance

In your planning phase, make sure all your staff has their badges. You don’t want to be stuck at the security checkpoint on D-day, waiting 30 minutes for your access to be configured.

Inspect the installation before D-day

No one likes last-minute surprises. To prevent bad surprises, go check your rack, PDU’s (if provided by the colo provider) and cross-connects to make sure all is done correctly. You will save yourself a lot of trouble.

Once your gear is in place, it’s hard to fix rack or power issues. Do it while it’s not too late.

Prepare a plan B

Even if you planned everything, make sure you have a plan B. If you are deploying new infrastructure, it’s not so bad, but if you are migrating your gear, have a backup plan in case you are unable to install your gear as planned.

Need help planning and installing your colocated infrastructure? We’ll make sure everything goes smoothly. Contact-us.

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