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Ignition Guide to Creating a Data Center Migration Plan

Published: 28 January 2018

ID: G00368512

Analyst(s): Infrastructure and Operations Research Team


This guide includes documents that will help you develop a business case outlining the migration’s value proposition for both business and IT, minimize the disruption to normal business functioning and other potential risks of the migration, and build a plan to define how, when, and the order in which the move groups should be migrated.

Table Of Contents



Step 1 of 7: Prepare to Create the Data Center Migration Plan

Project Objectives

Roles and Responsibilities

Before You Start

Common Pitfalls and Keys to Success

Step 2 of 7: Determine Migration Objectives, Desired End State, and Target Location


How to Set Up for Success

Step 3 of 7: Secure Senior Leaders’ Buy-In, and Build the Project Team


How to Set Up for Success

Step 4 of 7: Assess Existing Applications and Data Center Facilities


How to Set Up for Success

Step 5 of 7: Group and Sequence Applications to Create the Migration Calendar


How to Set Up for Success

Step 6 of 7: Prepare Migration and Communication Plan Documents


How to Set Up for Success

Step 7 of 7: Monitor the Effectiveness of the Data Center Migration Plan

Review Your Performance

Keys to Continued Success

Recommended by the Authors

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