Moving office network? How hard could it be? Anybody who's ever moved office network knows risks and challenges associated with this colossal task. This mighty endeavour is not merely a case of logging-off, shutting down and pulling plug.
The move requires careful, systematic planning, forethought and a little luck. The following considerations provide valuable guide ropes for hauling serious office technology.
Think of move as evolutionary-growth to a better network
An office move can provide perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your IT systems, introduce new technology and upgrade your equipment.
Consider future of your company and flexibility your network will need as your company expands. Assess your needs and work out exactly what you will need to add to provide for your future growth.
Hire a network specialist to fine tune your systems
Obtaining expert advice helps cut corners, taking guesswork out of what equipment you'll need, design and implementation of network and difficulties associated with troubleshooting.
“We take great pride in our work. As a reliable, efficient and highly specialised IT company in London, you'll be afforded peace of mind that with us, your computers and network are in hands of professionals” says Andrew Cruise, Managing Director of Hypercubic.
You also get an idea of what costs will be, including benefits of on-going maintenance and support. Planning installation process with a professional takes load off your shoulders and many thorns out of your side.
Save on downtime
Install new system over weekend, this way there will be minimal disruption to business. Think about how many emails, phone calls and enquiries you will be missing if you move during week. If installation takes longer, inform clients or users in advance so they know what to expect.
One businessman reported, “Before we moved offices, we sent an email to all of our clients informing them about move and provided all our clients with contact details. Our manager received valuable business related calls via his mobile phone thanks to this pre-planning”.
Moving valuable, sensitive equipment requires care
Moving several floor-standing servers or a couple of 42u racks may take more than a fat guy with a slipped disk. Depending on size of server lifting equipment may require hoists, trolleys and ropes.