Paving the path to the next generation data center with technology led solutions, SANpulse Technologies, Inc., today announced the publication of a free executive white paper that outlines the first three steps of the discovery pre-migration phase of a SAN implementation. Successfully migrating a data center's infrastructure to a new storage platform is a complex process; a Bloor Research survey found that only 16 percent of migrations finish on time and on budget. Careful preparation in advance, however, can greatly improve the chances of a successful SAN migration. This new SANpulse white paper can help IT managers define their organizations' objectives and schedules, understand what it takes to manage a SAN migration, and discover the assets that will be involved in the migration.
The SANpulse white paper - Best Practices for SAN Pre-Migration: Taking the first three steps, provides the strategies that will ultimately lead to the best SAN migration outcome. For each step, the white paper describes the issues involved, provides a checklist for IT, and suggests tools the storage infrastructure team can use.
"Getting the pre-migration process right is absolutely critical to a successful SAN implementation, " said Marie-Pierre Belanger, vice president of product management, SANpulse. "If you understand the scope of the process, set clear objectives and realistic schedules, commit the management resources, and know just what assets you have to migrate, you can create an environment that enables you and your team to meet all your goals."
The first step IT must take is to define, document and publish objectives and schedules. Most SAN migrations, for example, focus on installing new technology that offers a better price or higher performance, or satisfies business objectives. Developing project objectives, as well as describing them in terms of schedules, resources and outcomes, are both important, as is defining criteria to measure success.
Given the complexity of SAN migration, the project management team must have the authority over and access to resources needed for accomplishing objectives. A thorough knowledge of what is in the SAN farm is crucial; it is not uncommon to discover things such as under- or over-allocated ports, or even unexpected assets, during pre-migration. Automated discovery software tools can help keep a migration on track.
Finally, a successful migration requires discovering and analyzing the data center's infrastructure assets. Only then can managers understand the scope of the migration they are undertaking and determine what new assets are needed. Implementing Storage Resource Management (SRM) goes beyond topology, helping to optimize storage and make it more efficient.
About SANpulse Technologies, Inc.
SANpulse (sanpulse.com), The Migration Expert, transforms the world's largest IT infrastructures and creates efficiencies to help reduce IT-related operational and capital expenses. Through technology led solutions, the company changes the landscape for large scale consolidations and migrations by providing infrastructure information insight that empowers proactive decisions. SANpulse solutions include SANlogics, Migration Practice and SANatomy. SANlogics, a modular proprietary software platform, supports enterprise migrations and related business requirements through discovery, analytics and auto-generation of executables. SANpulse is headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, with regional offices in London, U.K. and Pune, India.