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6 stages of data centre transformation – is it a journey you want to take on your own?


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David Wilcox

David Wilcox
General Manager | Data Centre and ITaaS, Europe

Some businesses first consider transforming their data centres to cut costs and improve efficiency. In other words, by focusing on the demands of today. This is often one of the first traps they fall into.


It may not be long before they realise that, because the data centre is so integral to the business, its evolution should do much more than ‘keep the lights on’. It should aim to deliver a cohesive infrastructure and process model that supports the full range of business objectives, be flexible enough to adapt to change in the future, and add value through the service it provides.

In our first blog in this data centre transformation series we explored the challenges and importance of approaching transformation holistically. In this blog we take a look at the six stages of data centre transformation.


Getting more value for your data centre (and your data)

The six-stage model is designed to ensure your data centre transformation delivers the right business outcomes and that the programme runs smoothly.
This forward-thinking model aims to create value-add from data centre operations as well as improve day-to-day operations. It considers inter-dependencies across all data centre domains including compute, server, storage, network, security, and cloud.

1. Engage – the data centre transformation programme needs to sit at the heart of business improvement, driven by your senior management and with complete buy-in.

2. Initiate – an audit of current infrastructure and operations will determine what exists and how it is performing.

3. Discover – the audit is assessed and future needs factored in to define the requirements of the transformation, not only to meet current expectations but also to meet your future demands.

4. Construct – recommendations are prioritised and measurable objectives set to move the transformation forward in a clearly defined manner.

5. Recommend – the recommendations and roadmap are presented to your stakeholders. It is wise to simulate change before implementation goes ahead to reveal any issues or obstacles.

6. Execute – there should be no surprises with the actual data migration, provided your planning stages have been comprehensively covered.


Rapid insight, agile decisions

After migration is when the real work starts, I believe. A programme review serves to not only provide an assessment of how well the implementation went but also to provide the first, rapid insight into the performance of the new solution and how that compares to your legacy infrastructure.

With a clear understanding of the performance of the previous infrastructure and the objectives and targets that were set for your new environment, this comparison can be largely automated with the right solution.

For more information read our white paper, Data Centre Transformation and the Adoption of Converged Infrastructures.