Data Center Migration

Data Center migrations are complex undertakings that impact every facet of an enterprise and require thorough planning and preparation. The data center infrastructure and applications run the business and all aspects of the enterprise are dependent on consistent availability and performance of these platforms. Outages, disruptions, and end user impact resulting from badly planned and executed migration can have severely impact corporate performance and IT careers.

Despite the potential risks, companies elect to proceed with migrations for solid business and operational improvements including:

  • Cost savings via consolidation
  • Enhanced availability and business continuity
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Regulatory compliance

Additionally, many organizations have come to the realization that they are not in the data center operation business and it simply does not make sense to incur the ongoing expense of maintaining a data center and associated infrastructure and personnel.

Given the numerous interdependencies and potential risk inherent in an enterprise data center migration project, it is critical that expertise and experience are brought to bear to mitigate risk and minimize end user impact. An enterprise migration is an exercise most IT organizations have never executed and consequently lack the methodology and experience to comprehensively plan and seamlessly execute the project. Even in organizations where migrations have successfully occurred, IT professionals are engaged full time in supporting the business and expecting internal personnel to take on the massive additional migration work load threatens the success of either migration project or support of the enterprise. Data center migrations are full time jobs requiring specific skillsets and Versiant provides the methodology, experience, and expertise to ensure the migration is completed quickly and seamlessly with minimum end user impact.

The Versiant Data Center Migration Methodology is based on six key principals:

  • Business operational requirements
  • Application availability
  • Risk mitigation
  • Comprehensive inventory and dependency assessment
  • Contingency planning
  • Achievable timeline