Avoiding the Most Common Errors and Mistakes that Can Have a Debilitating Effect on IT Infrastructure Performance and Budgets
Most are a result of human error, and that’s not always in just operations. Poor planning and a lack of strategy are forms of human error that cause a lot of problems.
- Having an incomplete understanding of the time and detail required to execute a data center migration, along with a lack of clarity on the new roles and functions of all those involved in IT infrastructure operations.
- Putting all effort into a production data center migration without devoting proper thought and resources into how the disaster recovery data center will be influenced by the changes.
- A lack of appreciation of how difficult it can be to migrate on-premise applications into a cloud environment, especially from those in upper management who are dictating such a move without proper consideration of the impact on IT and operations.
All of these issues, along with the potential repercussions, are covered in-depth in our half-hour conversation, which has a significant “real world” element in discussing subjects that are often treated in a theoretical manner. Click here for more information.
Areas around data center lifecycle management are probably one of the largest areas that we get asked to perform strategic analysis, and help them address their current environment, whether it’s retaining their old data center, how to liquidate the assets in an aging data center, and what do I do with it? Impacts such as cloud computing, or virtualization, or colocation, or external parties, like do I build a new data center? Do I upgrade my current data center? All these questions seem to be out there within the environment of all organizations and corporations today. So we help them weed through all of those options, and identify potential strategies that might or might not work for their particular unique situation.
About not spending appropriate time before making a data center migration, or data center decision, and understanding the planning needed for a migration. Probably one of the biggest things that we see is when they actually get to that migration,that they completely misappropriate resources, and understanding resource demand. They feel and they believe that their day to day resources that are running the operations can also complete the migration, and in some cases that may be possible, but in most cases it’s not. I think what they really need to sit down and understand is, where do they need to provide supplemental resources to make sure that that migration happens appropriately?
And let’s just step back, let’s take a look at their day to day operations, right? They’ve got server admin people, they’ve got storage people, they’ve got network people. They’ve got certain technical resources that are operating and managing the day to day operations for their organization, and they’re dealing with support issues, they’re dealing with upgrades, they’re dealing with patching, they’re dealing maybe with security issues, and all these other areas that continue to allow the business to function. Thinking that we can take these people away and have them go through all the staging and planning and design and prep and moving and migrating and reinstallation and on and on and on, during a data center migration is you start to look at that, really has an impact on the overall operations from the day to day aspect. You just can’t pull those people off.
Secondly, there are additional roles and responsibilities that are going to be needed by those people that they forget, things such as you’re going to need a security person at the shipping dock for that equipment to go off, and you may need a security person at the shipping dock to receive it, so that you can verify and validate that nothing has been touched or tampered with that equipment as it goes from place to place. You’re going to need to have people that are there available to receive the equipment, to rack and stack the equipment at the facility. Now, that can come from the provider you’re moving to, it could come from an external organization, but really, you kind of have three segments of resources that you need to address. You need to address your day to day operations. You need to address your technical operations from a standpoint of the server, the storage, and the network connectivity from that aspect of it, which includes, if you’re going to physically move, it’s one thing. If you’re not going to physically move, you’ve got to acquire that new equipment, and rack and stack that equipment and test and install your virtualization sessions, and make sure that everything is appropriate, including your network bandwidth to sling those sessions over. So you’ve got people that need to be actually doing the transfer. You need to have people that are installing and implementing the applications and testing the applications prior to slinging the data, and activating those applications.
And then you’ve got the facilities people that are there that are operating those facilities, such as shipping, receiving, security, physical security, and probably the fifth area that you need to address is if you are going to move physical equipment, who’s the moving company? Who’s going to actually move that equipment, and do they understand moving that equipment? You don’t just go put it in the back of the pickup truck and drive it over to the new location.