EchoStor’s Data Center Relocation team is comprised of both highly skilled technical resources, as well as practice specific program managers. This approach ensures that EchoStor is appropriately collaborating with our customer to address and manage all aspects of the data center relocation effort. These engagements can range from your traditional “big bang” or “forklift” moves to the more prevalent advance data center relocation efforts.
The Software Defined Data Center, as well as co-location and managed services has changed the landscape of data center relocations and enables a much more efficient, lower risk and expedient process then was recently available.
Although technology has improved it is still extremely critical to adhere to our Solution Enablement Methodology, as well as to leverage our data center relocation specific documentation and deliverables. Leveraging the methodology and tools ensures a well-defined and highly successful data center relocation engagement.
- Pre-Planning – During this phase EchoStor can advise on available sites and types of colocation and managed services available to address the customer’s needs.
- Planning and Design – Once the end state requirements are agreed upon EchoStor Consultants will collaborate with the customer to design and plan out the deliver of the solution. During the planning phase EchoStor and the customer will jointly define the number of and timeframe for maintenance windows to be discussed with the various business unit owners.
- Implementation and Configuration – The type of move will dictate not only the planning and design but also the required implementation and configuration needed to prepare for the data center relocation. These efforts range from environmental, to procedures, to shipping, etc.
- Migration and Relocation – The EchoStor delivery team will move data and physical equipment as seamlessly as possible dependent “move packets” and “application interdependencies”. Critical is program management and the use of key documentation noted below.
- Knowledge Transfer – EchoStor Consultants will meet with the Customer to review technical and operational aspects of their new environment, as well as ensure all applications have been approved for production.
- Periodically throughout and at the completion of the engagement EchoStor will meet with the Customer to discuss and rate process, resources, documentation, timeliness and financial aspects of the engagement. This process is used as quality assurance for solution delivery.
- Application and Interdependency Mapping – The key to data center move risk mitigation is to have a complete list of applications and how they map to the overall infrastructure, as well as to each other.
- Logistical Plan – The information noted above will empower the EchoStor and Customer teams to develop a comprehensive plan inclusive of “move packets”, which compartmentalize infrastructure that is to be moved together to ensure all pieces of the application and co-existing applications work appropriately post move.
- Procedural Plan – Once the applications are mapped and the “move packets” are determined there is a procedural plan put in place. This plan is to identify and document the step-by-step processes required to execute the move. This is an ideal way to document process and direct data center relocation resources.