Top 7 Rules for Successful Data Center Migration

A data center migration is any movement of data center assets from one location to another—perhaps moving to a colocation facility, or within the same data center, or transitioning applications and services to a hybrid/cloud environment. Regardless, data center migrations require careful planning and execution, yet before any details of a plan is penciled out, it remains vital to assess the used and un-used data center resources –access a One Time Assessment for these resources through the Correlata CoreAsses Platform Thereafter, you may follow these seven rules to ensure a successful move:

  1. Appoint a Manager In addition to data center managers and operators, IT teams, facilities teams, network engineering teams, server teams, and infrastructure teams all may be involved during the migration. A leader is necessary to divide roles and responsibilities, ensure accountability, and serve as the main point of contact.
  2. Focus on Relevancy Determine what information is needed to complete the move successfully and make sure it is provided to your stakeholders.
  3. Create a Virtual Model Creating a virtual model enables the teams involved to align and ensures that each asset has sufficient space, power, and network capacity. Moving assets virtually is much easier than moving them physically. A virtual model can also uncover potential issues that may be addressed.
  4. Review Capacity Knowing what you plan to move and understanding how your assets are connected, along with estimates based on budgeted and actual power readings, will help determine your space and power needs.
  5. Install Hardware Installing hardware before your data center migration will save time during the actual move and allow you to familiarize yourself with the new space. Installing rail kits, blanking panels, door locks, and card readers can even help to prevent incorrect installations and unauthorized access.
  6. Label Equipment Your labeling system is one of the most critical elements of your data center migration. When your equipment and cabling are not clearly and correctly labeled, you run the risk of hardware being installed improperly, the wrong cables being used, and incorrect connections being made.
  7. Pay Attention to Post-Migration Testing After the move, it may seem like all your hardware is in place, but you won’t know that it’s all working as intended if it’s not tested. Complete the system testing per the manager’s move plan to ensure that all devices and applications have been successfully migrated.

Data center migrations require planning and efficiency. With so many moving parts and people involved, it’s easy for key tasks and minute details to be overlooked. Contact Correlata to review the entire process and identify the resources needed—before, during, and after the migration.


Ofer Laksman