Data Center Relocations… Where to Start

For most IT organizations, facility level transitions typically occur only once or twice a decade. With a project of this magnitude, and potential for business disruption, it’s natural to have a lot of questions.

Organizations embark — and sometimes stall — when they tackle data center relocations, migrations and consolidations for different reasons and with different levels of urgency.

Your current data center can no longer support your company’s need for growth, speed and agility
Organizational restructuring such as a mergers or acquisition has created the need to consolidate data centers
An older data center design has too many single points of failure and the risk of outages is too high for current business needs
Your IT environment has become increasingly complex, you’re drowning in data and can’t make decisions needed for the planning, testing and execution of necessary workload migrations
1. Getting Started – Discovery, Assessment and Strategy
“We know our current data center has issues, but we’re not sure if we should try to fix those problems, or if we’re better off moving to a new facility.”

Learn more about Data Center Master Planning.

2. Evaluate and Select Destination
“Our current facility is at the end of it’s useful life but we’re unsure where (cloud, colocation, private datacenter) and what to move.”

Contact us to inquire about Data Center Site Selection Services.

3. Analyze and Plan the Migration
“We’ve chosen a new destination, or mixture of destinations (cloud, colocation, private data center), and we need to lean how to plan the most efficient migration, without risking an unplanned outage.”

Learn more about How to Move a Data Center.

4. Move / Migration Execution
“We’ve begun planning our migration / relocation / consolidation but we realize it’s a complex project that requires specific expertise and tools.”

Learn more about Data Migration Execution

5. Leverage Experience of Others
“We’re well along in the process of developing and executing our migration strategy and we’re looking for ways to avoid commonly made mistakes. What’s the best way to put this together?”

Avoid These Migration Mistakes.

6. Better Planning and Management
“We’re working on our migration plan, but the current off-the-shelf tools we’re using are really not helping us. I want to learn about ways to streamline the planning and executing of complex migration projects.”

Data Migration Tools