AppMap and Its Role in Smooth Data Center Relocations Blog
On Nov 2nd, our own Dustin Smith was the keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain chapter of AFCOM. His presentation focused on the complexity of data center moves and our unique methodology that insures success. Our focus all the way to the application layer has allowed us to perform many
data center relocations seamlessly and has helped solidify us as an industry leader and a go-to resource for infrastructure needs.
We’ve leveraged this experience to create the
ASG Structured Data Collection Methodology, which isolates and compartmentalizes data sets, minimizes known variables, and arranges potential back-out points. As we’ve said before, computing environments today are less about the hardware than the services they provide. Once there is an understanding of those services and the benefits they deliver to the business, you get a better understanding of how the hardware infrastructure should support those services.
One way in which we accomplish this first step of understanding the services at play is through our Application Mapping (AppMap) engagement. AppMap
sets the table for a successful data center relocation by:
Resolving unknown application architectures
Making sense of all the components of an application service stack
Mapping application data flows
Creating a matrix of application interaction and interface points
Identifying and eliminating unnecessary support coverage
Preparing a roadmap detailing current use and future technology enhancement needs
With a deep knowledge of your application architecture in place, our data center relocation methodology can then be deployed:
Discovery and Design – With the AppMap deliverables in place, we establish and analyze the business priorities, planning, and budgeting constraints of your data center relocation. To complete this phase, you’ll need to compile your findings into a comprehensive source of your data center information, that’s thoroughly documented and archived for future analysis and reference.
Analysis and Design – We analyze and document the impact of a data center move on your business. At this stage, we’ll use the information we collected to prioritize business services, establish downtime—if necessary—and determine the hardware, application, and technology requirements for a non-disruptive move. We also define and analyze potential risks and prepare contingency plans to mitigate possible problems.
Planning and Risk Management – With a migration plan in place we’ll prepare and document a comprehensive data center migration plan that includes a risk analysis. This plan encompasses floor layouts and rack diagrams, outlines the exact tasks to complete the relocation, and charts the matrix of the migration priorities. And because your data system likely contains complex interdependencies between your business-critical applications and assets, you’ll need to provide detailed dependency mappings of your data center. This comprehensive up-front planning and risk management ultimately ensures minimized risk and downtime so you can keep your business running smoothly without endangering your business-critical data and applications.
Dustin’s presentation focused more on the AppMap aspect of our data relocation methodology, but it’s always good to get the 360 degree view on how, and why, data center relocations don’t have to be nightmares.