Tips for Going Live with your Colocation Center

After planning and doing a test run of your colocation, it is now to finally go live. Colin Corbett, BlueChipTek Engineer with 26 years of experience building infrastructure from the group up, reviews a few more tips for your colo’s Go Live day.


Going Live

One of the most challenging things is to go live, as it can be quite a complex feat. You will probably run things simultaneously if possible, if latency, security restrictions etc. are not an issue. Consider moving services one at a time, with minimal downtime. Have detailed roll forward, and roll back plans. Try and move a small percentage of your user traffic to your new site first, so that you can do a gradual deployment.

What’s next for your Colocation Center

After you have moved your infrastructure, and the site is running reliably, you move into the long-term operation of your space. This is a multifaceted set of issues.

You will always need to have spare capacity around for headroom (or bad pushes). This translates into extra servers, network capacity, power and footprint for additional racks, or a way to burst into the cloud. When you are running out of space, you will need to have a solution to keep the site operational, (expand, move etc.)

Also, keep in mind, that while it is unlikely, you can lose a single building (eg: earthquake, fire, natural disaster, etc.), and at some point, you will be expected to have a backup set of infrastructure should your primary datacenter fail. The long-term goal should be that should any of your infrastructure fail, including an entire datacenter, that your users do not notice, and that your site continues to function. This is something that should be practiced and improved upon.

Hardware is now moving into a lifecycle. Server components will age out, (eg: newer CPUs, memory, SSDs, motherboards, newer network interfaces etc.) Make sure to test and certify these, before your old platform is EOL.

Newer technology is always coming out, and this may affect how you build and operate your infrastructure. Keep an eye out for ongoing improvements allowing you to increase reliability, reduce cost, and reduce footprint.

Also, if you did move out of the cloud to operate this infrastructure, keep in mind that there will be continuing price erosion of the cloud services, so your infrastructure needs to show ongoing price improvements (eg: by getting more performance out of your servers, by reducing hardware costs, by reducing operating costs, such as cost of transit and backhaul etc.)

If you are looking for more tips on going live with your colo, fill out the contact form to reach out to our BCT Integration Team.