It’s no wonder that so many businesses are relocating to Bristol, it has a well-rounded business community including a large financial sector, thriving professional IT services as well as a burgeoning creative and digital industry. This, added to easy access to London, the South West and South Wales has made Bristol one of the fastest growing cities in the UK.
So if you are considering moving your business to Bristol or looking to relocate within the city then Dial A Geek can ensure that your vital IT and telecoms systems move seamlessly with you. We’ll ensure that you experience minimal downtime and as little disruption to your business as possible.
Moving IT systems can be complicated so it pays to plan ahead to ensure that all of your computers, phones and servers are connected and fully operational on the day that your team start work in the new office. In order to make sure this happens we follow a simple process including:
Survey and documentation of your existing IT equipment
We often find that IT relocations are excellent opportunities to assess the current state of your technology. As part of the survey, our IT support team will help you decide which equipment needs to be relocated, whether any old PCs or desktops have seen better days and would be best recycled, and if the move would be a good time to invest in new technology. We then label all the equipment that is destined for your new premises.
Backing up your data
Many of our clients have a disaster recovery plan in place which includes making regular backups of their important data. If your business does not currently backup your data an office IT relocation is a good time to start. Using cloud backup storage or Network Attached Storage (NAS) we make copies of all of your files as well as configurations of firewalls and routers. We then run tests to recover the data so that we are confident that everything will be restored once the move takes place. In the case of server storage, we transport the backups separately to the rest of your equipment.
Setup and test of your new office
Prior to your first day in your new premises, we will set up and test all of your equipment so that the only thing that will have changed will be the view. This means checking that all cabling, wireless access points, desktops and phones are in the right place, making sure that you have fast access to files and folders as well as the internet and your emails, and that customers and team members can reach your phone numbers. On the first day in the office, we can also be on hand to deal with any questions from your staff and deal with any snagging issues.
Trust Dial a Geek to project manage your IT relocation. We will get you and your tech from A to B without any hassle. A seamless service for businesses on the move.
Visiting your new premises
A site visit to your new premises is essential to assess whether the IT infrastructure including fibre broadband, structured cabling and any existing WiFi networks work as they should. If there are any issues, our team of specialists are on hand to advise and install business broadband, cabling and WiFi.
At the new site, we create a configuration plan setting out locations for network access points, printers and routers and all of your PCs, desktops as well as breakout areas and hot desks. If we are relocating servers, we will ensure that the requirements for cooling, power and security are in place.
Preparing your IT equipment
Technology doesn’t transport as well as other equipment so it needs careful preparation and handling. On the day before the move, we will carefully shut down your equipment and disconnect it or provide detailed instructions on how your staff should.
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