If you’ve managed bandwidth colocation Vietnam, you may be familiar with the daunting task moving your data center (DC) to a new location.
If your business is growing, then migrating DCs is often inevitable. This is because you’ll see increases in power usage, capacity demands and overall management costs that your current data center simply cannot efficiently handle. When this’s the case, moving to a larger or more equipped facility is typically the most economical and effective answer.
- Are you cloning what you already have, or creating something new?
Though moving your DC presents a great challenge in itself, it can be seen as an opportunity to update your IT infrastructure in a way which may not have been possible before. When you go through the extensive planning process of your migration, you should consider whether you want to duplicate essentially the infrastructure you have already or if you want to re-design infrastructure as part of the migration. Depending on your age of your current DC, one way may be more feasible than the other, but it’s definitely something you should think about.
- During the move, experience means everything
While many plans will go into the infrastructure component of a DC move, one aspect which can be overlooked in the planning is the logistics of physically moving the equipment. The physical move may not be the most technical thing you want to plan for, it can come back easily to haunt you if something goes wrong with the equipment when it is moved. All it takes is a part of equipment being dropped accidentally, or something not being down properly while in transit, to make your migration much more difficult.
It’s important to ensure that experienced people are involved with the physical move of your equipment. Having a level of working experience in this area will go a long way. If your team does not have much experience with DC migrations, there are a number of companies who specialize in transporting sensitive IT equipment. They will have trained staff and specialized equipment which will make the job done safely and properly. Moreover, they should also have business insurance which would cover you in the event that an accident occurs.
- If you think you have planned enough, then plan some more
With nearly any DC migration, unforeseen challenges are virtually guaranteed to pop up, just because of the sheer complexity of the project. However, the frequency of the obstacles can be removed or lessened altogether, when there is thorough planning involved upfront. When you feel confident in your migration plan, take time to re-evaluate it from as many different aspects that you can think of.
Even if something seems minor or not very likely to happen, ensuring you have considered all of the possibilities will definitely pay off in the long run. It is sure to create contingency plans for each of the potential issues, so you’ll be prepared when the moving day comes.
Get buy-in from your organization’s superior management early on in the project. A DC migration is not just a project that only impacts your IT department but also impacts your total business, and it should have active involvement from all of the stakeholders in your business. The more buy in you can get from decision makers within your business, the more internal support it will have. Subsequently, this level of support can make both the execution and planning of the migration much more effective.