4 Big Data Center Migration Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
CIOUpdate guest columnist Irwin Teodoro of Laurus Technologies looks at four common and potentially career damaging mistakes that often occur when moving a data center. Follow these steps to avoid them, and your data center migration -- not to mention your career -- will go a lot smoother. Here's what he has to say.
If you can avoid these four major mistakes when moving your data center, you'll avoid downtime for both your servers and your career.
Moving a data center is a major undertaking for most organizations. And a successful move is a nice resume builder for any IT professional. A successful move will showcase skills in large-scale project planning, project management, technology integration and interpersonal communications. The process provides a chance for exposure across the company, as virtually every department is touched by the IT organization (and affected by a data center move) in some way.
However, data center moves can be fraught with career-ending failures. No IT professional wants to be on the receiving end of memos and discussions describing lost orders, missed deadlines or customer dissatisfaction that occurred because some mission-critical business process was disrupted by a data center move that didn't run smoothly.
In most relocation projects, there are four critical mistakes to avoid:
- Ignoring the data
- Combining the move with other projects
- Failing to plan appropriately
- Not creating an inventory of equipment, applications and processes