You never know when it will happen, but at some point, data migration will become a necessity. The bad thing about this process is that, sometimes, things do not go as planned. A lot of things can happen, from bad finances, physical risks, and bad communication, which could hinder the migration. Given that the data is very crucial for any company, a lot of care should be exercised when handling it. Below is a checklist that you should look out for when migrating data at any point in time:
1) Use a Migration Service
Do you have a migration service on standby? The first thing you should always have is a professional data center migration service that is available on call. Most of these services handle basic and complex solutions. They are better equipped since they have been in the business for a long time. They handle the migration effectively and minimize any risks that are predicted to occur. Moreover, they offer a lot of incentives at a budget. The transformation is taken highly into consideration since the services make a visual dependency map of your environment that they use as a basis for the move. The migration is also accelerated since they use all the new technology and infrastructure, something that if you do independently, you might not achieve as fast.
Always have data security plan when migrating. Ensure that the plan is something practical, private, and efficient. There are so many consequences of data insecurity mishaps that will lead to a lot of losses for your firm. You should make sure that data does not leak or get lost at any point. All the sensitive information that the company has, including the personal data of employees, should be very secure and have a detailed level of security. You can have a plan that will manage the levels of security for each data. For example, put into consideration the data’s value against the consequences of having a security breach on the firm. This will help you know what value to accord to what data. The plan should be very cost effective and careful not to outweigh the risks so as not to lose a lot of money in the process either.
3) Rack Design
It is advisable to have a rack layout, even if you use just a spreadsheet. Make sure that the overall design you have includes all the details such as networking cables and power.
It is good to document the details of the migration from the very beginning. You can document them physically and store the other parts electronically in case you need to refer to them in the future. Make sure that all the racks of the migration are labeled. You can use tapes and write on them to make the racks easily retrievable. Getting out of date will make a lot of your data suffer, so you should be careful.
5) Cable Management
It is good to pay attention to how you will arrange the cables. Put that task on your checking list. Don’t put all the cables in the same rack since this will pose a problem when you need to work and when the need for rewiring comes up.