Cloud computing is enabling enterprises to migrate software, operating platforms, storage and even entire IT infrastructure processes to off-site services providers with their own facilities. This presents an ideal opportunity for IT decision makers to save money through the consolidation of on-premise data centre equipment and operations.
But data centre consolidation involves far more than junking equipment that is no longer needed. It’s a major undertaking that requires clear goals, a realistic strategy, careful planning, and solid execution. Failure across any of those elements can result in unnecessary delays and cost, possible outages and downtime, and a consolidated data centre that, once finished, doesn’t meet the needs of the business.
The good news is that IT departments considering a data centre consolidation do not have to reinvent the wheel. There is an orderly, well-tested process, a set of five concrete steps that provide a practical framework for data centre professionals to bring a consolidation project from concept to successful completion.
This reference guide titled “5 Steps to a Successful Data Centre Consolidation” was created to help data centre professionals plan and carry out a consolidation project. It outlines the five steps IT pros should follow when consolidating a data centre, from initial asset and infrastructure assessment to post-consolidation operation and maintenance.