Maximizing Your ROI on Colocation with Data Center Migration Strategies
All companies want to make sure they are making the right financial decisions. This is true in all aspects of the business, including the decision to utilize colocation services and choosing the right colocation provider. The right provider, who can ensure that you have a quality setup is undoubtedly important. It can help to save money and ensure that your site is always up and running to help maximize your return on investment. However, you will also need to think about your ROI after you are in the colocation center, particularly when it comes to data center migration.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you will want to do to ensure proper data migration while still maximizing ROI.
The Chain of Command Needs to be Clear
From start to finish, everyone who is involved with the migration of your data needs to know what they are supposed to be doing. They need to know what their role will be, and their job during the migration should be crystal clear. Only involve those who are essential for the successful migration of the data, as having too many people trying to help can be even more problematic than having too few.
In addition, there should be someone who is in charge of the process to whom all of the others will look if they have questions. This could be you, or it could be someone that you designate instead. You will find that having fewer people and ensuring that everyone knows what they are doing and who to talk to can help to improve communication and can make the migration go smoothly.
You Need a Solid Plan
You have to know what it is that you are going to need to move during the migration. The colocation center you have chosen may have the hardware you need, or you might need to supply your own. Conduct an audit of the information that will need to be moved in the migration and have a second person check it to make sure that nothing is forgotten. Make sure that there are not any other operations happening at the time of the migration that could cause a conflict with it. For example, you do not want an update to conflict with the migration.
Make sure the data is ready for migration and prepare the data for the colocation environment. Make sure that any formatting changes or other changes needed are done before the migration. You should also be sure to run some tests beforehand to make sure you know how the process will go and what to expect along the way. This will ensure that everything is functioning properly on both ends before you start the full migration. If you do not run tests, you could end up having some unexpected issues crop up that could slow down the migration and cut into your ROI.
Once everything has been moved and migrated, check to make sure everything is indeed functioning as it should. With a proper plan, you will not have to worry about any negative impacts on your ROI.