Data relocation at one time was a matter of moving tons of paper. Record keeping was limited to ledgers, signed contracts and paper reports. Moving ledgers, contracts and accounts receivable was a matter of only keeping the documents dry and secure during transport.
However, business today relies more upon digital records than physical and moving these records necessary to business requires more attention to detail than in times gone by. Information stored digitally often powers companies large and small. When it is necessary to physically move the media the company can not afford a poorly planned move by data storage and relocation companies to disrupt the daily business or to compromise sensitive data.
Data relocation companies today often specialize in moving entire data centers, also data destruction and data storage. The challenges presented in moving, storage and data destruction of information stored on hard drives and flash drives are sometimes greater than those presented with traditional hard copy paper documents. A hard drive where data is stored might be recoverable unless data destruction is thorough and often professional companies are employed for just that purpose.
Businesses are transitioning to digital media because storage is so much more compact and given proper care the data can be safe indefinitely and compactly. When a company must relocate digital media it may be simply a move across town or may be transported around the world but the move requires planning and special procedures to have the least impact upon information dependent companies.
Sometimes a relocation may occur because the current facilities are not large enough or a more affordable location for the business must be found. Other times digital information and the center might be moved to consolidate information centers after a company merger. In the modern global and mobile world, relocation may occur for many reasons.
Relocation of these vital centers and digital information storage requires project management that encompasses every detail including the new placement of the servers or the equipment. It is not enough to simply order the equipment delivered many times the company moving the equipment will be involved in the planning. When the servers arrive may be just as critical as where they are to be transported.
Experts in IT and server needs as well as network management experts are usually on hand and have input into the planning of such moves. If a company miscalculates and the power needs or bandwidth needs exceed what their new location has been wired or allocated, day to day operations can suffer. Moving into a new center or transporting digital media for storage requires more attention to detail simply moving rooms full of paper did.
The safety of the information contained in digitally stored media and servers should be primary concerns of the company providing the move. Digitally stored information safety, in relocation and storage scenarios require environmental control as well as protection against trauma, since adverse conditions found in normal transport options can harm servers or digital storage media. Security should also be a prime concern since many companies most valuable assets is information which must remain confidential.