Data Center Relocation Budget Tool

Author(s): Melanie Davy

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A data center move has numerous one-time and ongoing expenses spanning a range of areas and project phases. A recent Info-Tech survey indicates that the average data center relocation costs $120,000 or $10,000 per rack. However, every project is different, and the budget can change substantively at numerous key points throughout the project. Give the budget its due diligence up front so that every expense can be captured along the way.

Use this tool to:

  • Determine a high level budget.
  • Account for all moving day expenses, such as movers, packing material, labels and food.
  • Incorporate costs of equipment/application upgrades, rented swing gear, recertification fees and insurance.
  • Get a handle on hidden costs, such as cleaners, walkie-talkies, meals, hotel rooms, etc.

Use this budget tool to account for every one-time and ongoing cost associated with the data center move to put together an accurate and comprehensive budget.

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