Planning a data center migration is one thing — carrying out an effective, step-by-step migration is another. It’s not just a matter of unplugging the hardware on your data center equipment list and reconnecting it in a new location. Your data center migration project plan needs to address how network migration will impact your infrastructure to ensure that everything works smoothly in the aftermath of a data center relocation. Without a server migration checklist that accounts for every last cable during a data center move, it may take you longer than you expect to get critical systems up and running again.
With a data center migration checklist, you can address these issues and more to facilitate safe and efficient transport when the day of your data center move arrives. Some key questions to ask prior to your data center migration include...
How Long Will Your Systems Be Offline During Network Migration?
System downtime can be crippling for an organization, costing you revenue and causing you to miss out on new opportunities. While it may be possible to stage your data center migration in such a way that you’re able to keep most of your systems online throughout the process, chances are that you will be faced with at least some service disruption. You need to know how long that downtime will last and what risks are present that could prevent you from getting services back up and running. Your customers will be willing to accept a (brief) planned service outage, but if you underestimated how long some aspects of your network migration could take, your company may suffer significant damage to its brand reputation.
Do You Have Back-Ups for Critical Data and Applications?
Your network systems should already incorporate multiple forms of data redundancy, but a poorly executed migration could disrupt that solution. Data is the lifeblood of today’s organizations, and you can’t afford to take any chances that could cause you to lose your mission-critical data and applications. One of the first questions to ask about a data center migration should always be “Is our data backed up?”. Understanding your plans for data redundancy will help to make any data center migration a far less stressful process.
What Type of Security Do You Need During a Data Center Relocation?
Most companies put a lot of thought into their cybersecurity strategies and put extensive physical security measures in place to protect their critical IT infrastructure. A data center migration is the one moment when many of your most valuable assets are removed from that protective environment and are exposed to the world. If you don’t think about how to keep your proprietary data and applications safe during a data center move, you may be exposing your business to huge risks. While your infrastructure may not need to travel under armed escort in an armored vehicle, addressing basic security measures such as ensuring that you’re working with reputable vendors and accounting for the everyday risks of transporting equipment on the local highways is critical to ensuring business continuity during a data center relocation.
Will Your Equipment Fit Through the Necessary Points of Access?
While this may seem like a minor point, it’s important to remember that a facility may not be able to accommodate every piece of equipment you’re migrating. In a worst-case scenario, your hardware may need to be replaced altogether. At best, technicians will have to dismantle it to move it inside. In an ideal scenario, they would have time to practice disassembling and reassembling the hardware and have a good idea of how it will function when they put it back together. A poorly planned data center migration, however, could force technicians to carry out that work under less-than-optimal conditions, which could result in damaged or lost components that render the equipment useless.