When you are looking to move to a hybrid data center and migrate some of your function to the cloud, it is critical that you have a clear execution strategy. You data center is the brain of your business. If something happens to the data center your business will begin to suffer right away. When assessing your options, you need to make sure you know the answer to four key questions to make sure you have a smooth transition.
Question 1: How Much Bandwidth do you need?
The biggest mistake you can make with a cloud migration is underestimating the amount of bandwidth you will need. You always want to make sure you have access to more bandwidth than you need. As Big Data becomes more important to businesses in every industry, your bandwidth needs will only grow in the future. Make sure you know how much bandwidth you need currently and make sure your partner is equipped to meet your current needs as well as any future bandwidth increases as your business grows.
Question 2: Where Do You Need the Bandwidth Most?
When you are using a hybrid strategy for your data center, you need to make sure you have the right amount of bandwidth in the right places. Too often companies and their data center partners fail to take into different bandwidth needs of different departments and locations. This can cause costly bottlenecks that diminish productivity. You should talk to potential vendors about where you most need bandwidth to keep your business moving smoothly.
Question 3: Who is Responsible for What During the Transition?
You cannot afford for anything to fall through the cracks. You need to have clear lines of communication with your consultants and partners. You need to have the peace of mind of knowing who is in charge of each part of the transition. You need to know who to contact to get issues resolved and to get updates. You want a partner who is proactive and who not only has the expertise to execute on the strategy, but the communication skills to make sure you are never out of the loop.
Question 4: How Does Adding a VAR Improve the Experience?
Data center and cloud migration services are not cookie cutter. Your business has unique needs that cannot be met with a one-size fits all approach. Making sure your partner is a value added reseller (VAR) will help you get the exact products, services, and solutions your business needs. Adding a VAR to your project increases your options and adds additional expertise to your transition team. Companies often discover a VAR will be able to solve problems the company did not even realize they had yet.
If you want to stay competitive in this global marketplace you need to have a strong, reliable data center and the flexibility to quickly add more capabilities as the market changes. Make sure you are dealing with partners that are up to the challenge from both a technical expertise standpoint and a strategic execution standpoint.