When it was conceptualized for the first time in the 1970s the idea of creating a virtual; rather than an actual version of something would have been revolutionary, still is. Imagine creating a virtual version of a device or a resource, such as a server, a network, a storage device or an operating system where the resource is divided into one or more execution environments by the framework. Now, imagine this. You could run multiple OS on one physical machine and divide the system resources for separate virtual machines. Making provisions for security isolation and preserving performance with advanced controls.  Exciting, isn’t it? Here is more to it. The entire resources of a virtual machine could be saved to files and moved to any physical server as well.

Now, coming to data center migration, which is a logical and operational migration of a data center, is however not an easy thing because no matter how expert you are, if you don’t prepare well. You ought to fail.  So, first of all, an updated CMDB (configuration management database) or any other systems that track assets is required. A proper track of the infrastructure is very much needed. Although it might change during the course, but is paramount. For consolidating a migration to be accurately functional it needs a mapping of the workflow against the infrastructure to determine the compatible and cost-effective usage of the applications. This also becomes crucial because a strategic designing of the migration not only saves cost but also ensures the smooth functioning of the system.

Having said that, it’s important to have a team of experienced and dedicated partners to build the project who know the what, when and how of the migration while managing the strategy and day-to-day operation simultaneously. Based upon your unique requirements some items need to be on the cloud while others on the physical infrastructure. This is the stage of being “under construction” where the cloud is used as a platform for building new versions of apps as a disaster recovery (DR). To ensure that the apps and systems are running flawlessly the testing should be done during maintenance windows while using all high-availability (HA) portions. To validate an all OK, the recovery points and time objectives (RPOs & RTOs) should be checked with all apps, goals, and budgets. Finally, once again, ease of operations, cost-effectiveness and reliability must always be kept in mind alongside the workflow to ensure smooth commencement of the operations in the migrated state.

It is difficult to undertake a major transformational effort otherwise if there is a lack of a good team that takes care of each and every minute detail for the migration of a virtual machine.

That’s when SAPTAMI, with its IT team of the savvy and focused workforce, comes in handy. As talked earlier, a team that takes care of a smooth workflow can create a hassle-free, cost-effective and end user-friendly system.