Best Practices for Data Center Migration

A data center migration can seem incredibly daunting – and understandably so! There are many moving parts when undertaking this type of project for both small and large companies. Whether you are currently considering a data center migration or are preparing for one, it is important to examine each part of the project before moving forward.

Start with Research

Understanding Your Environment

Just as in most things in life, planning ahead can mean the difference between success and unmet expectations. The first place to start is with a solid grasp on the inventory of your data center. Before creating a timeline or plan, determine the current state of your data center.

Understanding the status and purpose of each application in your data center is an essential. Which business applications are imperative to your organization? What configurations are required for the current applications? Knowing the allowed downtime, power specs, and owners for each application will help ensure critical errors are avoided. Below are key points to examine for each application in your data center1:

  • Application Owners
  • Planned upgrades or changes
  • Allowable Downtime
  • Server, network, storage and operating system requirements
  • Power specs
  • Connectivity (cabling) diagrams
  • Rack layout

The physical data center is not the only business aspect which needs to be evaluated. Staff, business goals, and risk assessment are all key pieces for a data center migration. Do you have the staff/support needed for a data center migration? Are you migrating because of business or technology purposes? What are the risks and what can be done to mitigate them?

Determine all of the questions first, then find the answers. In doing so, this will help ensure each piece of the data center migration is recognized and prepared for in advance.

Investigate Opportunities

When reviewing these questions, it’s necessary to examine more than just the logistical side of this process. A data center migration is the perfect time to review technologies, data structures, and/or infrastructures. With the ever growing collection and use of data, datacenter virtualization could be the answer for your organization.

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Another consideration is the use of Private PaaS (platform-as-a-service), also known as Enterprise PaaS. Whether your approach is a hybrid cloud solution or a private cloud strategy, Private PaaS could be a key component to ensuring sustainability and seamless growth for the future.

Make a Plan

Create a Detailed Plan of the Process

Regardless of the current organizational structure, when taking on a project as significant as a data center migration it is vital to create a plan of action before starting. How this plan is created, who is in charge of creating it or what exactly goes into the plan will depend on each organization’s needs and resources. Having a solid understanding of your environment from the start will be an essential key when creating a detailed plan for a data center migration.2

Assemble a Dream Team

Well maybe it doesn’t have to be a dream team exactly, but having people on board who can appreciate the importance of a seamless data center migration (and assist in doing so) is indispensable. Having the right staff can greatly improve the process of such an important project. This doesn’t just refer to IT, but project managers and upper management as well.

A data center migration has the potential to vastly improve an organization’s current solution. Research and planning are the start of a successful migration.

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