An increasing amount of companies decide to migrate their IT-infrastructure to a data center. Outsourcing to a data center offers many advantages that are increasingly demanded by companies and organizations, but that are too expensive to realize themselves.
Examples of such advantages are scalability, security, efficiency and state-of-the-art technology. Choosing the right data center takes time, taking into account aspects such as predicted growth, nature of the data that the company uses and the maximum latency rate. Migration to a data center is a complex operation. However, with good planning, by communicating clearly and by anticipating on different scenarios, risks can be minimized or even excluded. In three steps, we will describe how migration to a (co-location) data center is done correctly.
There are numerous data centers spreaded all over the Netherlands, so there is no lack of choice. The following questions will help you in selecting a data center that meets your needs:
Proper planning is essential because without IT the continuity of an organization is interrupted. Indeed, when problems arise during the migration, the entire business will come to a halt. Preparation should therefore be a delicate balance between planning and continuity, and between a smooth transition and the availability of IT. The aim is therefore to set up a migration strategy in which downtime is minimized as much as possible. The following aspects should be included:
The most important thing to remember is to execute a migration step by step, based on the preparations as listed above. All steps should be covered in detail.
The move can be executed in three ways, depending on the importance of IT within the organization. The options are as follows:
Logically, the first strategy that implies no downtime, is the most expensive option. A lot of new hardware will have to be purchased and the old hardware will probably be written off. On the bright side, it is a good opportunity to purchase more energy-efficient and more powerful hardware. This type of migration requires a substantial budget, so it is most fit for companies in which uptime is critical for business operations. All other companies may be better of choosing one of the other two strategies.
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