At some point in time, you may be facing a data center migration for any number of reasons. How you handle the resulting headaches will determine how successful your migration is.
Here are 4 best practices that will help you manage your data center migration and reap some fairly decent benefits in the process.
- Look to the future. Use a data center selection process to identify where you want to be in the next 6 or so years, and choose a vendor who can help you get there.
- Design a better layout. If you’re choosing to colocate your servers, consider the layout first. You want to have plenty of white space in which to grow over the next few years. You don’t want to put everything in the first 3 racks and end up having to move things around later.
- Inventory everything. Don’t migrate anything to your new data center that isn’t on your inventory list. Also make sure each piece of equipment is associated with an owner and a list of the business processes it supports.
- Have a plan. Use your inventory, your future plans, and your layout to guide everything from the wiring to the change process. Continuously update your plans and keep notes on how you expect growth to happen.
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You can download your copy today at www.bytegrid.com for free.