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What’s Your Cloud Migration Strategy?

Emily was unsatisfied with her firm’s progress migrating to the Cloud. Her dashboard metrics showed few applications made it to the cloud with Legacy applications remaining stubbornly on-premise. While our conversation uncovered some of the root causes why legacy applications are difficult to migrate, it also exposed the frustration with the conventional wisdom around a cloud

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Data Center Site Selection: One-Size-Fits-All is Nonexistent

What is one of the most critical pieces of the puzzle for your successful data center relocation? Consider what a thoroughly researched, carefully considered data center site selection process can accomplish. No simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the site selection process exists, however. You must choose based on your business needs and available resources. Rarely will you have

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How to Rehearse a Data Center Move

How does a rehearsal improve your data center move success? Moving a data center is a huge undertaking. Having a plan to support the move and limit potential business disruptions is critical to a successful move. The plan must be well thought out and provide step-by-step instructions for each phase of the project. Rehearsing the

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Checklist for Moving Your Data Center to the Cloud

Is your data center too costly to operate and you need to consider alternatives? In the past, building and moving to a new facility or using colocation services were the options chosen without much thought. The time required to find a new space is often underestimated and using colocation services may work for a while, but there will be added costs when

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A Data Center Move Budget is Always a Work in Progress

How often has your manager pushed you for a budget before the full scope of the project is known? When is the project going to be done and how much will it cost? When designing your data center move budget, the most common error is thinking that the budget is complete. In many cases, low-end

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A Data Center Move in a Perfect World

In a perfectly executed move, you’d approach it sequentially, and you’d only do each task once with perfection. It might look something like this: 1. Gather the Master Inventory. 2. Gather the Application Inventory. 3. Decide how many move events will be required. 4. Build the Master Timeline. 5. Sequence the Batting Order. 6. Build

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Data Center Move Playbook Explained

Previous to my consulting career, I spent over a decade with IBM inside many large data centers. The data center remained in a state of constant change. Equipment moved in and out frequently and this equipment was much larger than the hundreds of smaller servers you find in today’s data center. Many other things have

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Is It Time For Fleet Management For Applications?

Consolidating and shuttering many data center sites into a few is a high-level concept that is simple to grasp. Cost savings in the form of lower electricity consumption, fewer facility-based charges, and fewer staff are but three compelling efficiencies. In practice, meaningful data center consolidation is painfully slow as the U.S. Federal Government and many

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Book Excerpt: Data Center Move Punch List Template

In this Book Excerpt, Author Blaine Berger introduces the powerful punch list as a tool for managing a data center move. What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving A Data Center In 1999, I had the unique opportunity to participate in the construction of the new San Francisco International Airport (SFO) terminal project. This was

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Proven Data Center Moving Tips

Do you want a successful data center move? First timers and veterans alike want to succeed with their data center move. I’ve made most of the mistakes I warn you about in my book “What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving a Data Center.” I understand that you have no time to waste. I understand

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The Top 3 Crucial Data Center Move Checklist Elements that Belong in Your Project Plan

I get calls every day from professionals looking for a jump start for their data center move planning. Every project manager knows you should understand the fundamentals that govern the project you’ve been asked to oversee. A data center move is not the project where you should cut corners on that understanding. Here are three

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Common Pre-Move Tasks

A data center relocation has many pre-move items to be completed. The common tasks you will encounter for most every data center move are: Identify the machines, components, and applications by name Physically label everything Document reconnection details for network and storage components Backup all systems, devices, appliances, raid configurations, and storage switches Identify the

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Guide to Data Center Moving

I’ve made most of the mistakes I warn you about in my book “What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving a Data Center.” I understand that you have no time to waste. I understand that you have a certain idea of what you want. An example work breakdown structure (WBS), a budget, a move playbook,

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Book Excerpt: Is a Data Center Move Narrative Important?

In this book excerpt from “What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving a Data Center“ by Blaine Berger, the importance of a Move Narrative is explained. If you have too many items undecided or changing constantly, your move might be feasible—you just won’t have any confidence in its feasibility. Even worse, you’ll be unable to defend

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Moving from the Data Center to the Cloud

Cloud migration projects continue to garner interest from organizations seeking a variety of benefits. Executives understand that these complex projects require multi-disciplinary teams to increase the odds of success and realize the promised ROI (return on investment). Unlike piecemeal approaches, a data center move to the cloud presumes you will decommission your existing data center

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The Tyranny of Your Data Center Move Plan

I’ve reviewed many data center relocation plans. Some are simplistic and some are complex, but most suffer from a single and fatal flaw — Everything has to work correctly in the prescribed order. Everything has to go right. Is that a likely event in the world you live in? Think about it in the context

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Key Milestones For Migrating a Data Center

You can search the web for someone’s data center move key milestones example or you can do the heavy lifting to discover the critical milestones that matter for your organization. If you’re a project manager, you know the difference in successful outcomes when you follow proven methodology versus taking shortcuts modifying ill-fitting templates. Many organizations

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Desktop Moving Guide for 2013

We don’t move desktops but think the task should be done with the same rigor as any professional project. We’ve been sharing our Desktop Moving Guide online in an effort to help those confronted with this task in their organization. The guide covers these important stages: Preparation Labeling De-Stage Re-Stage Common Mistakes Use this guide

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Data Center Move Consolidation

Data Center consolidation projects are accelerating and many Information Technology (IT) professionals are faced with their first data center move. A consolidation project is a focused effort to reduce costs and this singular goal can bias decision-makers against using outside help. However, consolidation can also mean staff reductions and a loss of subject matter experts

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Survival Guide For Your First Data Center Relocation

Attention Spiceworks Members – Exclusive Bonus: Click for $10 off the data center moving guide that shows veterans and first-timers alike how to move their data center successfully. Want it free? Answer these 3 questions. Most project managers tasked with their first data center move naturally search for an example Work Breakdown Structure(WBS) or a

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Data Center Move Checklist Primer

Exclusive Bonus: Click for $10 off the data center moving guide that shows veterans and first-timers alike how to move their data center successfully. Want it free? Answer these 3 questions. Most project managers tasked with their first data center relocation begin a search for a data center move checklist to get them started. Some

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CIO Alert: Key Data Center Improvements

Even with all the information about proper hot and cold aisles, dueling CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioners) units, and improper return air dynamics, IT (Information Technology) teams are still operating inefficient data centers with glaring problems. Compounding this problem is the fact that facilities managers and IT mangers rarely collaborate to understand the data center

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Move your Data Center to the Cloud?

Exclusive Bonus: Click for $10 off the data center moving guide that show veterans and first-timers alike how to move their data center successfully. Someday soon, someone is going to challenge you to move your entire data center to the cloud. Enough case studies have emerged to entice CIO’s (Chief Information Officers) to explore the

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Getting Started with Data Center Move Governance

Exclusive Bonus: Click for $10 off the data center moving guide that show veterans and first-timers alike how to move their data center successfully. Most Enterprise organizations have some form of IT Governance in place. However, these structures are often inadequate for a data center relocation. Getting governance right is one of the critical success

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Three Tips to Tackle an Urgent Timeline

After budgeting, the most frequent question about a data center move is about the timeline. Every move is different and there is no typical timeline and yet project managers continue to search for the magic data center relocation template. Executives want to know how much the data center move will cost and when it can

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The Lost Art of a Well-Run Table Top Exercise

Exclusive Bonus: Click for $10 off the data center moving guide that shows veterans and first-timers alike how to move their data center successfully. A table top exercise can illuminate weak points in a complex plan or test the ability of professionals to respond to scenario-driven events. These exercises should be standard operating procedure in

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Avoid Data Center Relocation Post-Move Mistakes

Is it surprising that a data center relocation can uncover organizational issues in addition to the technical challenges encountered? Yet, many are unprepared for this painful reality. From a budget perspective, post-move tasks are rarely forecast which results in ad-hoc responses. From a personnel standpoint, staff losses during the post-move period are common. Retention bonuses,

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The Data Center Relocation Budgeting Paradox

In a perfect world, a data center migration would be planned and executed for a fixed budget amount with no surprises or overruns. For data center moves, however, it seems the complicated problems show up at the end when the budget has been depleted and the stakes are high to get the problems resolved. How

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The New Year Brings a New Data Center Moving Guide

Every data center move is unique and every move is important to us. We’ve updated our popular data center moving guide for 2011. Enter your e-mail address in the form on your right to receive this 28 page guide. E-Oasis Wants to Earn Your Business While many white papers are written carefully to disclose very

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Not All Data Center Moves Are Complicated

Make no mistake, we’d like to earn your data center relocation business. However, not all data center moves are alike. They can range from complex to straight-forward and everything in-between. When you research a data center relocation on the web, it’s easy to find conflicting information about the task.  Some data center moving project managers

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