The 2015 Rules of Data Center Migration

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Whether a company needs increased resiliency or uptime, physical power or cooling upgrades, IT must understand the options and available migration methodologies.

Not only is the technology shifting fast, but so are the personnel. Full-time IT employee turnover rates are the highest they've been since the "SIM IT Trends Study" began recording them in 2006. In 2014, the turnover rate was 9 percent, compared to the nine-year average of 6.25 percent.

That means most companies will face a steep learning curve in studying the various options and best practices involved in a data center migration. Expertise and experience in doing data center migrations can help avoid the red flags and hidden “gotchas” involved in the process.

But technical experience is only half the battle. Maintaining relationships with other key players in the organization and across silos can help define benefits and determine the impact decisions will have, while also avoiding potential pitfalls. Maintaining relationships among parties such as the CFO, CIO, data center manager, systems administrator and the rest of the business enables everyone involved to have a big-picture view.

Kicking Down the Four Walls

In 2015, the term data center is a contradiction. Data and applications are no longer confined to a single center, but are spread across an entire enterprise, each serving a specific purpose to achieve the overall business objectives.

The new “rules” of data center migration can make such a project run more smoothly and more efficiently, but can also introduce new challenges based on new options. Involving an expert can help mitigate the pitfalls and red flags. By avoiding the steep learning curve and becoming an instant expert, the entire business can move onto the fast track to success.

Kent Weaver is a master consultant at Forsythe Data Center Solutions, and Jim Gallagher is a managing consultant at Forsythe Data Center Migration Solutions.

This article was originally published on 2015-01-30
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