Data Center Migration: Identifying Factors

Data Center Migration

Migrating IT infrastructure from one data center site to another typically isn’t on one’s wish list. Data center migration can be a complicated and elongated project even for an experienced and seasoned IT professional. While most IT leaders will only go through the process of migrating data centers once in their career, there may come a time when their current data center vendor or site fails to meet the needs and requirements of the business.

Identifying Factors

IT leaders are well known for being diligent, methodical and systematic when it comes to making IT decisions. When the original decision was made to utilize a specific data center vendor, their process was no different. However, there are a myriad of factors that can determine whether or not the vendor is still preferred. Was the current IT leader, employed when the original decision was made? Has the business scaled or introduced new products that changed the direction of the IT footprint? Is the vendor, lacking in support, reliability or scalability? Every business will have its own set of identifying factors when it comes to determining if a migration is needed. The most critical question to evaluate is whether or not you are receiving the support and technical expertise in order to run the business productively, efficiently and profitably. In the end, if the answer to the aforementioned question negatively impacts the overall success of the business, then it may be time to consider a new data center vendor.

Are You Ready

Once identified that there are critical IT factors impacting the success of the business that can only be solved by a migration, IT leaders need to determine if they are ready to take action. While it’s ideal to resolve any and all issues immediately, data center migrations take time and careful planning. Do my operations currently support a move? Do I have the staff in place to account for the project scope? Are my systems ready for it? Taking a high-level approach in the initial stages of a migration can help to mitigate further issues that may arise down the road. For example, miscalculating the staff needed to complete the migration can turn into additional responsibilities for each team member. If not properly dispersed among the team, workloads can start to build up for individuals and productivity and attention to detail can be less than sufficient. The slightest error in fulfilling tasks and responsibilities could lead to downtime for the company which in turn affects business continuity and the abilities to generate revenue. It’s critical to remember that a migration is more than just an IT infrastructure project; it is also a critical business initiative.

Evaluating Providers

Finding a data center provider that meets preliminary requirements and specs is a great way to initiate a large migration project. Many times, a quality provider will help to align steps and procedures to ensure that your migration goes as smoothly as possible. However, choosing a data center strictly on brand recognition or marketing promises can be a disaster waiting to happen. Due diligence in this step of the process will ensure that the business is choosing the correct provider for the current and future needs and requirements of the business. Generating a list of providers within the desired location and evaluating each one is critical. Using a data center evaluation checklist can be an efficient and productive way to keep the project moving forward.

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