A data center migration is the process of moving select assets from one data center environment to another. It is also referred to as a data center relocation.
There are numerous reasons for why an organization may need to relocate a data center, from an organizational expansion, a company merger, regulatory requirements, to an office move or a move to a cloud.
To ensure a smooth transition from your existing computing environment to a new one, follow the best practices in this data center migration checklist:
There are three related concepts when it comes to migrating data:
Each concept has specific use cases and reasons for implementing, plus specific requirements and challenges to consider.
Data center migration tools are used for minimizing risk, reducing downtime and streamlining and accelerating the process of a data center migration. An enterprise’s migration requirements and business circumstances will determine which tool is best suited for its needs.
Generally, effective data center migration tools include:
A data center migration project plan should begin with cataloguing existing assets that need to be moved, or if necessary, retired. This critical discovery phase can either be done manually or automated using a third-party software tool.
Regardless of the data center migration methodology that an organization uses, the goal is to identify application requirements and to map a migration plan. A successful data center migration will be compatible with existing applications and meet the future needs of the enterprise’s workload.
The following are key areas to include in assessing an existing data center that is being considered for migration:
Once you’ve assessed the current environment, the next step is to decide the optimal place to migrate to. When deciding on the best solution for a data center migration, there are various solutions to consider, based on an organization’s needs: