As known to you, relocating a datacenter needs a team effort involving many activities to constitute a effective team includes to get proper services of a moving company, to dismantle existing systems and facilities, finally components transporting to a new location site, then servers are to reinstall effectively at the new facility. The company at your disposal for your datacenter move would look into every aspect of your move, but just exception with one, as a rule , they would not be responsible for the safety of data stored in the computer.
It is a normal practice followed by every datacenter operators to keep back-up data to ensure that no data is lost or damaged, even case of a complete breakdown of operations. In case you are not in the habit, you have to make data back-up before planning your datacenter relocation process.
Just making back-ups is not safe procedure, before moving verify the back-up data as if the original data storage devices tumbles down then you can always replace it in the servers, Since the moving company never takes responsibility of your back-up data, you have to ensure that this is done; If not done then, loss of any minor data can largely cripple down your future business operations.
The datacenter moving company at your disposal would definitely be interested to know if you are in possession of backups of your vital data. They would also ask you whether these backups are tested for recovery. Creating a back-up data bank should, therefore, be factored in at your strategic planning stage itself.
Moving a datacenter to a new location is fraught with dangers in many ways. The components may get damaged while in transit, spare parts may not be readily available or the moving team may take too much time in completing your move effectively. But all these concerns are nothing when compared to the issue of safety of data. Components can be replaced and time gaps can be reduced, but nothing can compensate for the loss of your critical data. In this scenario, creating data back-ups and verifying them for retrieval assumes great importance. After all, datacenters are where data is stored and processed.