What if you are being forced to migrate by your data centre? For a lot of businesses this is going to happen this year. Telecity 1 will move to a new building this year. So now is the time to think about your options.
Migrating networks and servers is not uncommon, in fact it is happening almost all the time. Usually you migrate from older to newer equipment in order to get more capacity. In that case, you plan the migration and everything should be all right. But what if you are being forced to migrate by your data centre? What things you need to think about?
For a lot of businesses this is going to happen this year. Telecity 1, a data centre in Amsterdam Science Park, will move to a new building this year. This means that all equipment need to be moved from the old building into the new one. As it stands, there will be a one-year window for this. Experience shows that this is going to be short for many of the businesses that have servers at Telecity. So now is the time to think about some things.
First of all, how much equipment do you have? More important, are you still using all of it? A good inventory of your equipment will give you insight for a migration. It will also help you to determine how to move your racks. For instance all at once or you can you first move one half and then the other? This is important to plan in advance in order to avoid prolonged downtime.
A move like this can already cause a lot of technical problems if you are not up to date on the current state of your servers. But in the specific case of Telecity 1 there is some more uncertainty, as Telecity has recently merged with Equinix. The European Commission approved this under conditions; the new group has to sell off eight of their datacentres. One of them will be the location of Telecity in Science Park.
This means that a new company will take control. Who that is going to be and when they will take charge, is unknown. So you have to ask yourself, will that change things for me? Do I have to move my servers again and will this affect my network? Should I stay, or should start looking for another data centre altogether in order to avoid double work? It is a lot to think about. And of course, as always in IT, the only answer is “it depends”. When faced with a network migration, think about your options and if you need any advice, contact us.