Migrate your data center without losing your mind.

Carefully and methodically, SMS can help you accomplish any data center migration, at any scale.

The SMS Data Center Migration service helps clients with full-infrastructure transitions to new locations, regardless if the target is colocation, hosted or private cloud. SMS’ Migration services are deeply rooted in our proven methodology and best practices. If you are looking for a firm that understands technology, mitigates risk, and maintains an OEM independent position, then SMS is the right choice for your organization. Our end-to-end methodology supports all aspects for a complete migration from infrastructure discovery to production hand-off to the client.

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If flexibility and scalability are a deciding factor when choosing your migration partner, SMS’ hybrid service is a perfect solution. It enables you to pick and choose specific components of our migrations service, and integrate them directly into your overall migration strategy. You enjoy enhanced cost control by filling resource gaps in your project strategy with a la carte SMS services, including: discovery planning, infrastructure design, virtual system migration and physical relocation.

  • Global service availability
  • Team of migration experts with 20+ years of experience
  • Independence from OEMs, reducing capital expenditures
  • Risk reduction methodology and processes
  • Migration to colocation/hosting facility
  • Migration to private clouds
  • Moving to a new data center
  • Consolidating multiple data centers
+ What makes SMS different?
  • Global service availability
  • Team of migration experts with 20+ years of experience
  • Independence from OEMs, reducing capital expenditures
  • Risk reduction methodology and processes
+ How does SMS serve you?
  • Migration to colocation/hosting facility
  • Migration to private clouds
  • Moving to a new data center
  • Consolidating multiple data centers
A Proven Methodology

A Data Center migration is a major decision, filled with details you can’t afford to overlook, which is why we developed Method7. This process is granular by design, ensuring nothing is overlooked when it’s time to migrate your data center. Each migration project is led by a seasoned project manager from our Program Management Office (PMO), who integrates each phase across both SMS and client teams.

Click on any of the sections below to learn more about each phase within the process.

Check out our latest Ebook: 6 Steps To a Successful Data Center Migration

Whether performed by SMS, another services firm, or internally, completing a detailed infrastructure and application discovery is a critical first step to any type of data center migration project.

The purpose of phase one is to fully discover both the physical and logical layers of the data center’s IT infrastructure, and to identify and create dependency maps between applications and systems. SMS accomplishes this through  a combination of discovery products and physical site surveys. All data is collected, merged and compared against the clients CMDB or other discovery tools. Gaps are then reviewed and finalized with the client. This provides the go-forward baseline for the project. It is also important to capture network and application performance data during this phase, as it will be important during later phases. Click here for a more detailed overview of our ClearView Discovery services.

Transitioning from phase one to phase two can be an iterative approach, but the purpose of phase two is to develop a.) the migration strategy, sometimes called the “technical solution,” and b.) the migration plan, or “move groups.” 

The migration strategy is typically a joint effort between SMS’ solution architects and the client’s enterprise/technical architects to define an asset-by-asset or application-by-application migration solution, i.e. new infrastructure and migrate it virtually (V2V), move it physically (P2P), virtualize (P2V), decommission, consolidate, etc. Future state compute, storage, network and cloud strategies are also factored into the migration strategy. Once the migration strategy is finalized, the team then develops the migration plan, breaking each asset or application into manageable move groups, all of which are focused on identify and mitigating risk in the environment.

The infrastructure build phase typically overlaps somewhat with phase two, and is solely focused on getting the target infrastructure ready for migration move groups. 

This involves the initial setup and configuration of the network, storage, and server environments needed to support the migration. Virtual machines and virtual storage are also created during this phase. SMS can provide all of the technical resources required for this phase.

The pre-migration phase is designed to ensure the target IT infrastructure and data center environment is ready to receive move groups, and all migration processes are documented. The pre-migration phase is iterative, and happens prior to any go-live or cutover events. During this phase, the SMS team creates application and server runbooks, for every application and server, to document the exact sequence of events for the migration.

The runbook provides all the technical details needed for a successful migration, such as IP address, CPU, memory, OS, database instances, migration checklist, etc. The SMS team reviews each runbook with the client, to ensure nothing is missed, and both teams are in synch.

Migration execution is the orchestration of the move group events (cutover) and typically has both virtual migrations and physical relocations taking place at the same time. While it seems like we should say a lot about this phase, because it is the “big event,” the truth is that all of the hard work up to this moment makes this a “non-event.”

A good migration is one that the end-users never knew happened, until they receive a communication saying it’s completed. Our goal is to ensure the client rests easy at night while the SMS team executes the plan. Click here to learn more about our physical relocation service.

After a successful migration event (move group), SMS turns the systems over to the client to perform application testing and validation. Change controls are updates, CMDB is updated and the system is put back into the client’s monitoring process.

Remember the performance data we collected in phase one? Now is the time to validate performance metrics between the old data center and the new environment. SMS can perform this task, or the client can as part of their standard IT Operations.

It’s only natural that after a data center migration or consolidation there are devices left over that need to be repurposed or disposed of. SMS offers a number of IT Asset Disposition options, from data erasure, hard drive destruction, asset disposal, to asset resales. Click here to learn more about asset disposition

+ Phase 1 - Discovery

Whether performed by SMS, another services firm, or internally, completing a detailed infrastructure and application discovery is a critical first step to any type of data center migration project.

The purpose of phase one is to fully discover both the physical and logical layers of the data center’s IT infrastructure, and to identify and create dependency maps between applications and systems. SMS accomplishes this through  a combination of discovery products and physical site surveys. All data is collected, merged and compared against the clients CMDB or other discovery tools. Gaps are then reviewed and finalized with the client. This provides the go-forward baseline for the project. It is also important to capture network and application performance data during this phase, as it will be important during later phases. Click here for a more detailed overview of our ClearView Discovery services.

+ Phase 2 - Planning

Transitioning from phase one to phase two can be an iterative approach, but the purpose of phase two is to develop a.) the migration strategy, sometimes called the “technical solution,” and b.) the migration plan, or “move groups.” 

The migration strategy is typically a joint effort between SMS’ solution architects and the client’s enterprise/technical architects to define an asset-by-asset or application-by-application migration solution, i.e. new infrastructure and migrate it virtually (V2V), move it physically (P2P), virtualize (P2V), decommission, consolidate, etc. Future state compute, storage, network and cloud strategies are also factored into the migration strategy. Once the migration strategy is finalized, the team then develops the migration plan, breaking each asset or application into manageable move groups, all of which are focused on identify and mitigating risk in the environment.

+ Phase 3 - Build

The infrastructure build phase typically overlaps somewhat with phase two, and is solely focused on getting the target infrastructure ready for migration move groups. 

This involves the initial setup and configuration of the network, storage, and server environments needed to support the migration. Virtual machines and virtual storage are also created during this phase. SMS can provide all of the technical resources required for this phase.

+ Phase 4 - Pre-Migration

The pre-migration phase is designed to ensure the target IT infrastructure and data center environment is ready to receive move groups, and all migration processes are documented. The pre-migration phase is iterative, and happens prior to any go-live or cutover events. During this phase, the SMS team creates application and server runbooks, for every application and server, to document the exact sequence of events for the migration.

The runbook provides all the technical details needed for a successful migration, such as IP address, CPU, memory, OS, database instances, migration checklist, etc. The SMS team reviews each runbook with the client, to ensure nothing is missed, and both teams are in synch.

+ Phase 5 - Migration

Migration execution is the orchestration of the move group events (cutover) and typically has both virtual migrations and physical relocations taking place at the same time. While it seems like we should say a lot about this phase, because it is the “big event,” the truth is that all of the hard work up to this moment makes this a “non-event.”

A good migration is one that the end-users never knew happened, until they receive a communication saying it’s completed. Our goal is to ensure the client rests easy at night while the SMS team executes the plan. Click here to learn more about our physical relocation service.

+ Phase 6 - Hand Off

After a successful migration event (move group), SMS turns the systems over to the client to perform application testing and validation. Change controls are updates, CMDB is updated and the system is put back into the client’s monitoring process.

Remember the performance data we collected in phase one? Now is the time to validate performance metrics between the old data center and the new environment. SMS can perform this task, or the client can as part of their standard IT Operations.

+ Phase 7 - Decommission

It’s only natural that after a data center migration or consolidation there are devices left over that need to be repurposed or disposed of. SMS offers a number of IT Asset Disposition options, from data erasure, hard drive destruction, asset disposal, to asset resales. Click here to learn more about asset disposition

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