At some point, most data centers will be faced with having to safely migrate their IT operations to a new environment. The change may be driven by a need to increase efficiencies, improve cost effectiveness, or stay relevant in a highly competitive market. Regardless of the drivers, data center migration can be overwhelming and risky.
This white paper from Flexential provides best practices for IT teams looking to optimize their data center transitions to mitigate risk, minimize downtime, and avoid hurdles. The paper outlines six of the most common catalysts behind a data center migration. Flexential then provides seven best practices for ensuring a smooth migration, including knowing your network, identifying the migration scope, and testing your migration plan.
The paper also compares internally managed migrations to those where a third party migration partner is involved. They note if you’re working with a migration partner, you should select one that can help you navigates the challenges of switching cloud providers.