Data Center Migration

Regard Network Solution have vast experience of Data Center Migration. Data center migration is often regarded as a purely technical, almost trivial side-project, to be delivered by existing IT staff alongside their day jobs. With core business services reliant on IT, a data center migration can expose the business itself to a significant degree of risk. This article discusses the case that it is essential to plan, manage and execute a data center migration with the appropriate level of rigour and control, utilizing proven methods and expertise to ensure the business can continue uninterrupted.

Data center migration projects typically involves broad spectrum of internal and external stakeholders. Each stakeholder views the data center migration project uniquely, based on his or her charter. Typically, the CFO views it as a cost, while the CIO considers it a business challenge. The data center manager perceives it as a logistical nightmare; the systems administrator views it as a technical challenge; and the business units see it as a potential outage, and a threat to the revenue stream.

In order to understand the scope of preparations and investment required for a smooth migration, an organization must first evaluate its readiness to undertake the initiative. The maturity of an organization’s IT infrastructure processes, procedures and documentation has a direct correlation to the complexity of the undertaking, and the level of complexity is a major factor in an initiative’s cost and risk to the business.

Organizations with well-documented, actively-managed asset management, disaster recovery, monitoring and management, and change control programs have the essential elements required to successfully undertake a data center migration. They will not have to invest in the discovery, validation or development of information and processes in order to prepare. Conversely, gaps in these processes and documentation must be addressed prior to or in conjunction with the project. Failure to address gaps will introduce a high degree of risk to the project and could lead to outages that negatively impact the business.

  • Step 1:
  • Carry out a readiness assessment

    Performing a best practices check-up for infrastructure management provides a baseline of the organization readiness to undertake this initiative.

  • Step 2:
  • Assess the environment

    This phase of the project involves gathering, combining and correlating information about assets and their use in support of the business. Analogous to a disaster recovery plan, this step baselines the environment and begins the process of asset classification. Each asset must be identified and the portfolio of information regarding its use and interrelationship to the whole environment must be established and documented.

  • Step 3:
  • Design, validate and plan the project

    A migration calendar should detail the timing of move events in relation to business initiatives and cycles. A communication plan and command center structure should be documented and validated with all stakeholders.

  • Step 4:
  • Implement the plan

    This phase is where the detailed analysis and planning pays off. Each stakeholder should understand his or her role and tasks. Decisions regarding contingencies and timeliness have been established.

  • Step 5:
  • Manage the environment post relocation

    Upon completion of the data center migration, it is imperative to take one additional step: the incorporation of knowledge, updated processes, procedures and documentation into the normal support structure of the IT infrastructure.

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