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How to Prepare and Plan for Data Center Consolidation and Migration Projects

Published: 26 April 2017

ID: G00324993

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse


Technical professionals focused on data center consolidation and migration implementations must understand the key drivers and issues impacting workload placement. This paper focuses on the first critical steps in planning consolidation and migration projects that implement hybrid IT architectures.

Table Of Contents


  • Key Drivers for Data Center Consolidation
    • The Industry Is Shifting From Capex to Opex
    • Hybrid Architectures Are Replacing Tradition On-Premises Data Centers
    • Eliminating Silos
    • Centralized Control and Management
    • Power and Cooling Efficiency
    • Reducing Application and Services Cost
    • Simplified Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance
    • Changing Business Conditions
    • Changes to a Data Center Risk Profile
  • Key Planning Challenges That Must Be Overcome
    • Keeping Pace With Digital Business
    • Addressing Employee Concerns
    • Creating a Communications Portal
    • Creating a Long-Term Business Case That Incorporates the Cost of Potential Downtime
    • Budgeting for Partial Full-Time Equivalents
    • Retaining High-Caliber Staffing to Complete the Project
    • Mandating Long-Term Financial Commitments
  • Initial Planning Steps
    • Identify Board-Level Executive Sponsor
    • Create a Project Steering Committee
    • Understand the Project Life Cycle
    • Establish Optimization Targets
    • Determine the Need for Outside Help


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