Posted On: July 13, 2017
Topic: Data Centers
IT teams are often handed the task of migrating their on-premises data center and workloads to the cloud without much time to prepare. This is far from an ideal situation, as a successful migration requires time for IT to develop, oversee and follow-through with a precise plan.
New Data Center Capabilities Checklist
Migrating to a managed data center starts by determining where your old data center fell short. Before making any major move to a new data center, determine your ideal data center migration checklist that will meet all existing — and future — infrastructure requirements.
The Data Center Migration Planning Stage
Looking at a new data center from every angle will go far to mitigate risk, and it's not a small task. Thorough planning is critical to your success and should be taken very seriously. Involve all your key players in the planning stage to ensure a comprehensive strategy.
The Migration Dry Run Stage
Some details will fall through the cracks. It happens, but it doesn’t have to happen on a large scale. A dry run will help eliminate possible flaws in any data migration plan. Before the big move, run through the following steps.
The Data Center Migration Stage
By this point in the planning process, you should have a solid foundation in place. Existing problems, possible issues, and best solutions should be clearly outlined. All IT team members should know their role for each step of the migration process. A new data center facility should be chosen with contracts signed, sealed, and delivered.
Outsourcing your data center is an ongoing process that requires continuous evaluation. One of the most important post-migration steps is to monitor and evaluate your progress to ensure you are meeting the required standards and systems are running smoothly. It’s also vital to test security on a regular basis to ensure the safety of your sensitive assets.
The devil is truly in the details when it comes to your data center migration checklist. Missing steps or skipping the planning stage will leave your organization vulnerable and left to deal with expensive fixes. A thorough assessment of your current environment and a defined path for migration is essential to making your data center experience a successful one.
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