Data center migration
You may be looking to recalibrate or embark or optimize your existing data center installation. If one of the situations matches your situation, you may need to talk with our CTO to receive a report to see whether it is worth the migrate or not. There are multiple reasons for possible data center reallocation:
- Your installation is growing and requires bigger space which is not available
- There’s a better place for your data center
- You pay too much
- Hardware is getting old and you need to refresh it
- The data center design is out of date and needs full re-design
- The current data center experiences the power and cooling problems.
Data center modernization is a complicated and extensive process. Here’s what you should do at each stage of a migration:
Step 1. Run internal audit of your IT assets.
A crucial first step is to update your database or any other systems that track assets. With the updated information, you can see what your infrastructure has and what steps and challenges you will have. We can assist you to build the update picture of your infrastructure.
Step 2. Run bussiness analysis
At this point, we can help to build financial reports after analyzing your current and new contracts such as:
- When does the current end?
- How much saving will the new colocation provide comparing to the existing one?
- What’s an estimate of the migration?
- What is a possible impact on your business?
Step 3. List and map your applications and define data flow.
Over time, enterprise applications portfolios expand. Imagine you have a few applications and they talk to each other. Whenever we migrate a data center we map of workflows against infrastructure to ensure dependencies will not be broken.
Step 4. Analyze your stakeholders
Enterprise systems are big and complicated and stakeholders will be the primary point of contact (POC) to help during migration. Our experience shows stakeholder, project managers, and network engineers face migration group upon reallocation.
Step 5. Create Work Break Structure (WBS) and schedule
This step is one of the most complicated and requires all project managers, network and infrastructure engineers to be on board and work as a single brain. Depending on your applications’ design, we can assist your project managers to design roll-back steps, or alternative for each small step of the map.
Step 6. Build your data center’s infrastructure
Build the infrastructure in your new data center. Usually more refresh, the modern design of the system designed for future changes and challenges while fixing the existing problems and weaknesses in the current data center’s design.
Step7. Interconnect your data centers
The reallocation is a long process and components of your enterprise application still need to talk to each other. And we always try to connect the old and new data center to each other using WAN, LAN, MPLS technologies to organize temporal wide network covering both data centers. Once migration is over, this network can be disassembled. This step reduces the possible impact on your business.
Step 8. Migrate to your new data center
After the initial steps are over, the migration process starts and requires a lot of time, patience and many people involved such as:
- Project managers.
- Customer support.
- Network and infrastructure engineers.
- Data center technicians.
- A moving company.
Step 9. Dispose of your old equipment
Old hardware disposal is required for a few reasons:
- Old equipment needs to be removed before the old data center can be closed.
- For tax reasons.
Step 10. Enjoy.
Welcome to the new house, the refreshed design of infrastructure, new network, reduced bills, and everything that a new installation provides.