The one thing you can guarantee is everything changes in the business world and that also includes your computing requirements. When this change is translated to how you home and manage your servers and data, the chances are that it will lead to relocation to a new facility, or extension of your existing one. So time to start Data Centre Planning.
When it comes to where and how you host your IT services infrastructure, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ method. With so many options including cloud, co-location, managed services, in house, centralised, decentralised, to name a few, it can be a mine field trying to choose which is the correct path for your organisation.
Overlay these choices with all the options around migration strategy and it all becomes a tricky path to navigate. Ensuring you have chosen the most appropriate path is paramount to a successful project, which are both costs efficient and achievable.
The Data Centre is a major component that underpins all other services delivered by IT. The level of, the service must be appropriately sized. Too small or too inflexible it may curtail growth and innovation; while too big it may introduce higher charges and prove more difficult to manage.
A Data Centre Migration project is massive. No other single IT project will have such a long term impact across the organisation than the choice of where you host your IT services and data. This can be measured in hard costs, capability, supportability and user experience.
The risk to the business during the migration is equally high, with potential for unplanned downtime and prolonged disruption to the organisation impacting the productivity of the user base.
A Data Centre Migration can be a smooth operation that brings fantastic benefits to any company which is struggling with the wrong Data centre host for what ever reason be it financial, location, access, size…read on to find out how….
What is Data Centre Planning?
Data Centre Planning does exactly that. It plans how to manage your business data at a Data Centre of your choice.
Data centre planning involves carrying out an audit and assessment of the current environment with a view to moving it into a new facility.
Understanding how the organisation and business units work together, along with immediate goals and aspirations of the business, is crucial to ensuring you don’t build a problem, which needs to be managed in the near future.
By building a road map based on the current baseline, incorporating knowledge of the future business direction, along with the position in the lifecycle of the applications, services and equipment, it is possible to make savings, reduce business impact and improve functionality.
So, how does this work?
We at Waxtie follow a structured framework and process for the data centre planning and infrastructure consolidation engagements. Our process will be presented at the outset of the engagement and follows a set of key phases. They are:
- Engage goals, drivers and objectives
- Enlighten: Planning, Discovery & Analysis
- Envision: Strategy & Design
- Enablement: Component design, build & test
- Evolve: Operational readiness & operational hand over
This approach seeks to:
- Understand the business criticality of the services, then ensure adequate and appropriate provisions to secure the delivery of these services
- Categorise components by technology and business function to analyse potential for consolidation
- Evaluate the facility requirements and make a recommendation based on options such as: public or private cloud; centralised or de-centralised services; build your own, co-locate, hosted or managed service.
- Identify and develop a migration strategy: swing, lift & shift, consolidate, virtualise, decommission or build new.
- Mitigate or accept business risks
- To break down a complicated project into manageable work packages. Setting deliverables that provide benefits as discreet transitional steps throughout the programme that can be evidenced as delivering value to the user community at each stage.