Planning a data center migration project is a balancing act between risk and reward.

It only takes one wrong move in a migration to cause an operational outage or disruption to normal business operations, but the right plan can help manage the risks. David-Kenneth Group’s Data Center Migration Planning Methodology organizes the planning process into 7 key objectives. It discusses some of the challenges with managing risk and recommendations to create a solid plan.

Key Challenges

  • Properly align your migration plans with your business requirements.
  • An improper level of planning ill-equips an organization to successfully deal with scheduled and non-scheduled events, and it fails to identify execution gaps and mismatched assumptions.
  • Identify the optimal way to migrate your data center(s) bearing in mind the business requirements, risk tolerance, cost, downtime, the project timeline, and complexity of your environment.
  • Design a new infrastructure that maximizes efficiencies, offers scalability, and faster time to market.


  • Develop a primary and secondary plan to protect the project from unexpected delays, outages, hardware failures, etc.
  • When developing the migration plan, be aware of critical internal tests, processing windows, quarterly reporting requirements, and accommodate the migration plan around them.
  • The robustness of test planning should be proportional to the complexity, criticality, and political sensitivity of the system being migrated.
  • Don’t assemble a move group that is too large for your team to manage.
  • When designing infrastructure for the target location, take the opportunity, while also planning for the future-state of growth, to correct current infrastructure shortcomings that grew organically in the existing data center.

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