The Importance of IT Discovery During Data Center Migration

By: James LeClair - Leave a comment


In today’s digital age, do you find yourself asking what’s in your IT environment or if you’ve started an IT discovery of your assets? Your environment includes servers and their workloads, storage and applications. The expectation for always-on operations makes business continuity and resiliency more important than ever, as downtime is an expense no enterprise can afford. So, what role does your data center play in the asset discovery process?

Assessing Your Data Center Before Migration

It’s possible to migrate your data and IT equipment while reducing the risk of outages, but that’s easier said than done. Data growth, new technologies and demand for rapid IT services have left many inventories in disarray. As equipment and applications are regularly added, removed or modified, IT inventory management falls by the wayside. Enterprises may also lack the IT discovery tools needed to give them a 360-degree view of their data center environments.

Many enterprises are migrating their stand-alone facilities to new data centers that provide more robust business continuity and resiliency capabilities. But you can’t migrate unless you know what exactly you’re migrating and how that migration impacts your business. That’s why the assessment and discovery phase is the single most important step of a successful migration.

When migrating and consolidating your data center, make sure to take these three steps:

1. Eliminate Aging Software

When moving or consolidating your environment, migrations and application supportability may need to be changed. Do you maintain a list of currencies for your applications, databases and operating systems? Remember that legacy hardware running specific OS versions may not run under the latest hardware and associated OS.

2. Determine Risk Mitigation

Migrations are full of potential mine fields. Does your IT optimization project include business continuity and the level of risk management your business needs? How much downtime can you afford before it impacts your business? Along with a correct project assessment, it’s important to establish a solid IT discovery with details on all the dependencies of the applications and servers. You should also determine the right vendor to partner with you to ensure you maintain resiliency in your data environment.

3. Create Fallback Plans

During the assessment and discovery phase, we begin by understanding your business objectives, project goals, IT infrastructure, service-level agreements and general operating design points and constraints. Always make sure the vendor you partner with has the experience and resources to build test scenarios and has a solid plan in place to revert a failed migration.

Either your business is resilient, or you risk going out of business. Thoroughly understanding your IT environment empowers you to develop the right resiliency plans and implement security technologies that help you avert risks and maintain always-on operations.

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About The Author

James LeClair

Global Offering Manager, Resiliency Services

James Leclair is an IT Professional with over 35 years’ experience bringing innovative technology concepts to dynamic enterprise solutions. From Toronto Canada, were Jim lives with his wife of 33 years, has two grown sons both living in Toronto. He joined IBM in 2001, within SO Delivery organization. As the Global Offering Manager Jim is... Read More