A data center migration can completely transform an operating environment converting the data center from a cost center into a nerve center that supports business growth and accelerates time to market for products and services.

Done well, a data center migration is a quiet affair — with no outages, data losses, or security breaches. It all begins with a migration-specific methodology, a framework for a successful data center migration project.

Data Center Migration Methodology
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A migration-specific methodology helps ensure operational stability and business continuity.  It both guides and protects an enterprise in realizing all the benefits of a migration. David-Kenneth Group’s data center migration methodology consists of five phases:

  1. Initiation
  2. Discovery
  3. Planning
  4. Execution
  5. Close-out

It is a robust process that has been market-tested for over a decade with a proven track record of success.  It delivers an on time, on budget migration project 100% of the time with zero unplanned outages. It strikes a healthy balance between overbearing processes and the appropriate amount of rigor needed to produce predictable results.  Learn more about our methodology.

Business as usual is a sign of a successful project, and this migration allowed us to operate as such. There were no impacts to customers or employees throughout… We could not have done it without David-Kenneth Group and the hard work of their team.”
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Data Center Migration Strategy Board
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Migration Strategy Board

The Migration Strategy Board is designed to help organizations understand how to develop a data center migration strategy.  It is a simple rendering of David-Kenneth Group’s data center migration methodology.  

The board is organized into the five phases of our methodology. It guides you from start to finish from block to block. Each block includes objectives, deliverables, tools, and action items.  In total there are eighty deliverables and fifty proprietary tools.

Download a copy of the Migration Strategy Board

Learning Center

What is a data center migration?
A data center migration is the systematic move of a source data center(s) (existing) to the target data center(s) (new). It is likely the most complex IT project an enterprise will undertake because it touches every system within the data center, including compute, network, and storage. 
What is the major risk associated with a data center migration?
The major risk is an operational outage where all or some mission critical applications or services are unavailable to internal clients or external customers for a period of time.  The outage can result in loss of revenue, productivity, and reputation. Improper planning is the number one source of risk according to Gartner.
What is the major cost associated with a data center migration?

There are six primary cost drivers of a data center migration project: 

  1. Size and scale of your IT infrastructure 
  2. Staff/Vendor experience (including unique technical skill sets, e.g., mainframe, AS400, AIX, DBA, Cloud, etc.)
  3. Hardware, software and facility costs 
  4. Degree of transformation and modernization 
  5. Timeline 
  6. An organization’s acceptable level of risk  

 Every organization has unique business dynamics and requirements that drive up or down the cost of a data center migration.  However, generally speaking the costs are categorized into the afore mentioned five drivers.