5 Steps to a flawless data center migration
Data Center Migrations are complex, living, breathing beasts. Let us help you tame the beast with our “5 steps to a flawless data center migration” infographic.
Launching over the next 5 weeks, we will not only bring you the core steps, you will also have access to:
- Video tutorials for key concepts
- Downloadable templates
- Technical conversations with industry peers (via twitter)
- Opportunities to discuss your project with our team of data center move masters!
Step 1: Label every device with a unique designation…on both sides!
It doesn’t really matter what your naming scheme is, it only matters that every machine is unique. We have seen environments where machine names follow a consistent theme; things like ‘Lord of the Rings Characters’, or ‘Superheros’, even ‘Natural Disasters’ or ‘types of wine’.
We have even seen environments where there are several competing naming scheme’s and nothing is consistent. That’s fine, it’s more amusing than detrimental to your move process.
Even just numbers 1 to 1,000,000 would be fine, as long as the move team can tell which box this is and how it relates to the rest of the environment, that label has done its job.
How are your servers named? Tell us in the comments!
Step 2: Port Map Every Cable Connection
Regardless of the cable type, fiber, copper, twinax, power, etc. it needs to be documented. SilverBack has created a port map template specifically for migrations. It doesn’t have any unnecessary fields, but does allow for the use of pivot tables to create a BOM (bill of materials), connections by device or rack, among other things. The ability to extract meaningful data from the port map is critical to the success of any data center move.
Please see the link in the right sidebar for a downloadable version of our port map template!
How do you track the cables in your environment? Tell us in the comments!
Step 3: Document Your Environment
Step 3 of the 5 Steps to a Flawless Data Center Move is all about documentation. Servers, Switches, Storage Devices…where are they? Where will they go in your new environment, post move?
What do you use to track your data center assets? Tell us in the comments!
Please see the link in the right sidebar for a downloadable version of our Equipment List Template!
Step 4: Communication: Before, During & After
Communication is a key component to a data center migration’s success. Identify *how* you will communicate during your move; but remember, some essential services (e-mail, IM, etc) may be unavailable during your migration.
Consider using a third party service, such as WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Private Twitter Feeds, etc to maintain communication while being able to converse on any device (Mobile Devices are a great tool during moves).
How will you communicate during your next data center move?
Step 5: Call SilverBack!
SilverBack specializes in data center moves. We can help!
Reach out to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be happy to discuss your project and help guide you through the unknown and avoid the perils and pitfalls many companies face during a data center move project.
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