02 Nov How to Avoid The 3 Most Common Network Migration Headaches
Network Migration Challenges
If you are a CTO, data center migration can be an overwhelming project to accomplish. The migration process can ultimately be tied to 1 question, “How do we get from point A to point B?” According to the Data Center Journal Seamlessly Migrating Your Data Center, internal IT teams are feeling the pressure of designing, testing and executing a network migration plan that will increase efficiency, achieve high availability while remaining secure.
A full network assessment is point A. Establishing which critical applications must be moved first, is point B. Don’t’ forget about the importance of documenting your network environment. Taking the time to get organized will benefit the overall migration.
It is common to run into some challenges but, Comm-Works experts have a few best practice tips for avoiding common headaches during your network migration project.
- Overcoming Operating Workloads
Migrating data requires detailed and complex deployment schedules. Deciding which network environment is right for your company will affect different members of your organization.
Best Practice Tip. Clear communication is key to keeping your network migration on track and within budget. It is essential that your leadership outline a timeframe of the implementation process and updates on when deployments will occur. Your employees will be happiest when they understand the scope and benefits the network migration will bring.
- Testing Migrating Network Apps
It is always a good idea to perform some tests before going live. If your internal IT team chooses not to complete a series of tests, application integration will be a costly mess. Testing your migration process is a critical component to eliminating unexpected and expensive issues.
Best Practice Tip. Complete a series of tests by taking applications through the process to validate whether each step has been laid out correctly. Working with a third-party who specializes in designing and testing applications is a smart option to avoid mistakes.
- Lack of Network Data Support
Continually monitoring the stability and security of your network during and after the migration is a must. 24/7/365 support can be a massive headache if your organization has a limited internal IT team.
Best Practice Tip. During your network environment assessment carefully consider whether your team has the adequate internal resources to execute a successful migration. If you prefer self-migration, remember that third parties can still help with the physical move. Continuous support, monitoring and managing your network during and after will help eliminate security risks.
As technology continues to evolve, migrating environments will become even more complicated. Invest time to get organized. Understand all the moving parts, test the environment and leverage 24/7/365 support services to help you and your IT team seamlessly migrate your network from point A to B.