Updated on June 28, 2018 by Alan Sharp-Paul
Managing a data center migration? Last week we met with a large cloud provider to discuss how their enterprise customers could use UpGuard Core to accelerate the migration of in-house systems over to their platform.
During the discussion I recounted a story from 2001. I was at Colonial First State, a multi-billion dollar funds management business, migrating their production systems to the EDS data center. As a technical lead, I managed just one of the dozens of applications that were migrated.
I recalled standing in a massive data center, opposite a set of server racks which held what would shortly be our new production environment, nervously reviewing the 10-page checklist I'd been asked to compile. It held hundreds of checks which I had to perform manually after each migration practice run.
Each run of the checklist took hours to complete, the entire time I was under constant pressure, I felt that I had to triple check each action I performed and at the end I was always left with these daunting questions:
No matter how much sleep I lost over it, I never had a high level of confidence in what I had done. How could I? Humans make mistakes.
Migrating critical business applications which have been in a stable setting for a long period over to a new data center is a daunting task.
Ask your customers - is there room for failure? Any mistake easily equates to a failed migration, so perfection is the only outcome allowed.
Making things worse, your most critical applications are more likely to fail the migration. Why? Critical enterprise applications are usually the most complex. Complex applications have a higher potential for failure.
UpGuard Core helps your technology team work together by:
Replace many hours of manual testing with an automated test suite that runs in just a few minutes.
Using UpGuard to implement the data center migration, the process would have been far more straightforward and automated:
Sleep well knowing that you have a repeatable process that runs hundreds or thousands of tests to measure the quality of the migration in minutes.
A helpful side effect is that after the data center migration, your operations team now has a comprehensive set of tests that they can run before and after system changes, or as part of their monitoring setup to keep your systems secure and stable.
Misconfigurations are an internal problem that emanate from within the IT infrastructure of any enterprise; no hacker is necessary for massive damage to occur to digital systems and stored data. And the problem is pervasive, with Gartner estimating anywhere from 70% to 99% of data breaches result not from external, concerted attacks, but from internal misconfiguration of the affected IT systems.