This is part 2 of a 4-part series on how to set up your data center migration for success. Here we go over the planning phase of a data center migration.
Any data center migration is going to be a costly and involved process. Thankfully, it’s not something that you’re going to have to tackle on a regular basis, but given the costs and potential for business disruption, mistakes will not be received well by management. To reduce the risks, you need an iron–clad plan using information you’ve gathered at the discovery phase on your company’s current and future needs together with information about the types of data centers you can adopt.
With this information to hand, you’re ready to plan your migration:
What does your future data center environment look like? You’ll have already defined how you need to proceed in the discovery phase. Whatever configurations you’ve decided on – physical company-owned resources, private or public cloud, or a hybrid mix, you need to decide where you place your data and who with. Think about the following:
Once resources have been identified, you’ve gained approval from your leadership team, and agreements have been signed with cloud service providers (CSP’s) and landlords, you can work on your rollout plan.
Using your source data, now you need to schedule the timeline across the program – moving equipment, workloads, and teams to avoid issues such as service interruption. You need to:
With this information you can start creating:
Now you need to confirm the details and get final sign-off on your overall plan and budget with your business leads before you can move ahead. That means going back and talking with them to confirm final arrangements and making tweaks to the plan where necessary.
Ok, you can’t go through everything ahead of time, but if you have resources available you should think about:
So now you are ready to roll out your plan. If you are already willing the project to end, that’s because it’s all you’ve been able to think about for months. Completed manually the discovery and planning phases of a data migration project can become all-consuming for many team members.
ReadyWorks uses automation to help you reduce pain, stress, and effort across the entire data center migration project, helping you build and execute better plans by:
Ready to see how ReadyWorks can cut the time, effort, and stress of planning your data center migration? Schedule a demo today.