Data Center Relocations… Where to Start

Organizations embark on data center relocations, migrations and consolidations for different reasons and urgency. Some examples include:

  • Your current data center can no longer support your need for growth in terms of space, power, or cooling
  • 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

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.  Click on the questions below to learn more about the overall process.
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1. Getting Started – Discovery, Assessment and Strategy

Green Business 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.” – click

2. Evaluate and Select  Destination

Site Selection Map-relo faded“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.” – click

3. Analyze and Plan the Migration

Dependency Grouping 2 (2)“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.” – click

4. Move / Migration Execution

Move Event Detail3“We’ve begun planning our migration / relocation / consolidation and we realize it’s a complex project that requires specific expertise and tools.” – click

5. Leverage Experience of Others

avoid-mistakes“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?” – click

 

6. Leverage Tools

transition manager dashboard“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 TDS TransitionManager, the industry’s leading tool for planning and executing complex migration projects.” – click

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