Making Your Data Center Move a Cinch
Headaches of Moving to a Data Center
At some point during the life of IT environment operations, most organizations will have the need to evaluate a data center migration. There are numerous business change events that bring on the need to make a move, but no matter the reason, going through the actual migration process is really about answering the question of how your business will get your environment from point A to point B.
Here at Peak 10, many of the customers we work with on migrations simply don’t have the available staff or skillset necessary to perform a data center migration with minimal risk. Some businesses are lean in their IT resources and are wary of the fact that there’s a lot that can go wrong by simply picking up and moving service elsewhere.
If you’re facing the need to migrate, be sure to ask yourself whether your internal team can truly and safely handle a migration, because the process is complex. Understanding power requirements, being able to map the needs of the environment, and determining necessary uptime are only a few considerations to take into account.
ID-ing Your Migration Goals
When it comes to making the decision of whether your team is willing to take on a migration to a data center facility independently, start by identifying your objectives and what brought you to your migration. It always starts with some sort of internal business event.
At Peak 10, we most often work with two types of data center migration customers. First, there are customers who have tried to adopt a hybrid IT strategy, intending to become more service-oriented, move to a data center, or use cloud, but aren’t sure what the best next step is. Second, we frequently work with customers who haven’t taken the first steps to transition to hybrid IT, but see the benefits of doing so and are looking for help with how to begin.
There are other change events that bring on the need to consider migration, such as:
- Increasing availability needs
- Running out of square footage
- Environmental limitations
- Office move
- Enhance geographic diversity and protections
- A hardware refresh on the horizon
According to Data Center Knowledge, the mistakes below are quite common with data center migrations:
Underestimating how long you’ll actually need to complete the migration.
If you go by your ideal migration time frame, you’re overlooking all of the unplanned issues that can and will pop up. Oftentimes, businesses assume that the actual migration will happen just as test migrations have, and that can mean trouble. It’s more realistic to expect the unexpected and plan for more time than you’ll need.
Failing to identify dependencies.
Making any necessary upgrades during a migration makes sense when you’re making the move anyway, but forgetting that a new implementation can affect other parts of the infrastructure in unpredicted ways could cause major delays and the need for additional troubleshooting.
Falling short on a comprehensive assessment of the infrastructure.
This is actually a pretty common error. In the beginning phases of your migration, you absolutely have to document every single component of every device, and all of the related applications. No aspect of your environment is okay to overlook. Topology of the network, network devices, and all physical and virtual components are critical.
These are just a few possible missteps, but without the right skillset available for data center migration, the list is long and winding and the risk of failure increases considerably.
Choose a Managed Colocation Partner
If you’re not confident that your team can handle a data center migration, don’t risk it. Choose a partner you can trust who offers robust data center facilities and has a repeatable process for assisting customers with migrations.
Even if self-migration is your preference, don’t forget that third parties can still be used to assist with the physical move; this way, your engineers can focus on migrating the data that runs your business.
Whether a partner is at your side or not, you’ll need planning and migration strategies for:
- Network connectivity
- Data and security
- Compliance requirements
With our Managed Colocation offering, data center migration engagements are focused on making sure customer configurations are correct and running comparably, or better than they did before. We make data center migrations simple by breaking the process down into three key focus areas:
Different workloads merit different deployment options. Knowing this, we offer a “white glove” premium service for customers who wish to move mission-critical workloads to the cloud.
A clear understanding of the business criticality and dependencies of each application you’re migrating is key—that’s why we deliver the depth of capabilities needed to classify all applications and add them to a product catalog for a risk and supportability assessment. We also put together a detailed test plan for integration, user acceptance, and performance testing.
Peak 10 offers options to support, monitor, and manage data during and after migration.
With the right plan and expertise, managed colocation greatly reduces, if not totally eliminates, the complexities of moving to a data center. Here’s how we make it happen:
- Peak 10 experts can collaborate with customers to determine space, power, and connectivity needs in the data center.
- Let’s face it, moving is hard. Peak 10 works with customers to design a plan, understand how applications rely on each other, execute the plan, and remediate issues that occur during the transition.
- We’ll recommend solutions based on security, compliance, and customer requirements because we understand the challenges, based on years of experience and thousands of customers who have already made the move.
- Peak 10 provides technical resources whose day to day roles are focused on helping customers move to hybrid environments, and can assist them in making the move as efficiently as possible.
- Managed colocation brings in all the surrounding solutions companies need for the resources in the data center – equipment management, system administration, OS management, and monitoring.
If you’re looking for consultation on taking a hybrid approach for IT, or experiencing change events that require a data center migration, begin by talking with Peak 10. We’ve completed hundreds of migrations for a multitude of customers and are here to help you figure out the best route for relocating. Contact us today at www.peak10.com/contact-us or (866) 473-2510 to speak with one of our experts.