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10 Data Center Migration Mistakes to Avoid

10 Data Center Migration Mistakes to Avoid
Best & Worst Data Center Migrations

A data center move is usually "a once in a career event for IT professionals," according to a recent article in I've been involved in three so far. Each had varying levels of scope and complexity. Not one of these moves was flawless, and each rewarded me with valuable lessons. But even with that arsenal of knowledge, new "gotchas" are always around the corner.

Data center migrations are huge endeavors, regardless of the size. Improvements in new technologies have broadened the landscape. Modern day design can make data centers more energy-efficient; automate monitoring/alerting to circumvent potential disasters; and use natural resources to make them "green."

Choices that weren't available 20, or even 10 years ago, emphasize that planning has to be more precise than ever -- or the consequences will not only be costly, but disruptive to the business as a whole. Questions as to consolidation, virtualization, and life in the cloud must be answered; factors must be weighed and measured, with the right players to execute the carefully laid out migration plan. But sometimes even too much planning can take its toll.

Today we'll evaluate some crucial components that cannot be overlooked during a data center migration. We'll also look at some mistakes commonly made and some examples of the best and worst data center migrations in history.

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