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What to Move When Decommissioning a Data Center

What to Move When Decommissioning a Data Center

Your company’s data center is the backbone of all your application and data storage. Without a functioning data center daily business couldn’t be done and the ability to track and record mission-critical activity would be greatly reduced. However, there comes a time when a data system will need to be shut down and decommissioned.  How you go about decommissioning a data center is critical to smooth transitions and security.

The reasons can vary it could be due to a location change, moving your data center, or a change in IT structure with a greater reliance on cloud computing. No matter the reason shutting down a corporate data center is no small thing and decommissioning a data center is complicated. Before you take on such a project it’s important to understand how complex such an undertaking is and what it can affect. Here is a brief overview of some of the information that will have to be carefully moved during a data center migration.

What To Move From Your Old Database

When planning out your database migration one of the most important steps is taking carefully noting what you’re moving and how much of it there is. Every database is different and while you may not have every example listed below you are certain to have some of them.

  • Applications: not all computer applications are locally stored on end-user hardware such as laptops or computers with desktop shortcuts being used to access software stored on your data network. In addition, many local applications make use of larger databases that are stored on data center hardware.
  • Database Servers: many of your applications access and add to an ever-growing database of company records. These databases can grow to several gigs in size and due to the information being access by several people simultaneously it will be stored on your old data center network. When moving this information it is important to make sure existing shortcuts and access paths are currently updated on the user side.
  • Firewalls: well-configured firewall is key for preventing unapproved access from outside parties. Your firewalls configuration files should be carefully reviewed and when setting up a firewall on your new data center carefully transferred over and updated if needed.
  • Antivirus: keeping your intranet and company information safe is essential and antivirus is a key part of that process. Naturally when decommissioning your data center you want to make sure antivirus protection is properly configured on your net data center solution. When decommissioning your old equipment it’s an opportunity to review your existing antivirus configuration and make sure it is providing the level of protection you need and to make sure nothing was missed or in need of updating.
  • Support Configurations: finally, be sure to move over support configurations and network settings such as gateway settings, network frameworks, FTP servers, and any other configurations that allow access to company data and applications.

Final Thoughts

When you are decommissioning a data center you face a task that has to be performed carefully and step by step. While certainly not impossible, planning is required to make sure everything goes smoothly. Hiring experts can ensure that the process goes smoothly, and you have the assistance that you need.

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