Gartner Research

Comparing Storage Migration Methods for Data Center Consolidation Initiatives

Published: 11 August 2017

ID: G00328917

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse


Storage and data migration methods have the potential to make or break any data center consolidation project. This research offers a detailed comparison of four storage migration methods for technical professionals responsible for data center modernization initiatives.

Table Of Contents



  • Storage Migration Methods
    • Relocation of Physical Storage Infrastructure: Lift and Shift
    • Replacement With Like-for-Like Storage Infrastructure
    • Replacement With Updated Technology
    • Combination of Relocation and Replacement Strategies
  • Data Migration Methods


  • Perform a Detailed Infrastructure and Application Assessment and Mapping
  • Create Application Availability Requirements
  • Update Your Disaster Recovery Plan and Architecture
  • Determine the Need for Outside Help
  • Verify Backups Are Up-to-Date
  • Find the Right Combination of Data Migration Methods

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