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Datacentres. 

About Design and Build

No two data centre design projects are the same. There are endless permutations of layout, UPS topography, power distribution, cooling systems, fire systems, security systems, and other elements that can be applied and all need to be exactly matched to client requirements. The best approach for your data centre design and build project will depend upon a number of factors including the requirements of the IT equipment, the physical characteristics of the building, your organisation’s demands in terms of resilience, energy efficiency, expandability, life span, and of course the budget.

Why choose Copper Fibre Africa?

Copper Fibre Africa are acknowledged throughout the industry as leaders in data centre design and build. 12 years of specialist experience, a partnership approach and our commitment to innovation mean that clients can be confident that their data centre will exactly match their requirements, incorporate energy efficiency best practices and provide the level of resiliency necessary for supporting business needs today and tomorrow. As a company, we continue to push the boundaries of technological innovation to ensure all our clients end up with a cost effective, efficient, scalable, facility.

Methodology

The starting point for every project is for us to fully understand your specific drivers, requirements and constraints. You may already have a written project brief and specification which contains all the information required but if not, we can prepare this for you.

Our philosophy is always to work in partnership with our clients and we take care to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are engaged with at an early stage, either through our requirements analysis workshop method, or individually. This means that we have a full understanding of all needs, wishes and concerns, and the perfect foundation for our holistic data centre design and build solution, one which provides an appropriate infrastructure platform for your organisation.

Our Seven Steps of Data Centre Migration:

Depending upon where you stand on the cloud adoption cycle, you may be looking to re-calibrate or embark or optimize. In any case, it’s a good idea to be deliberate. Data center modernization is a complicated and extensive process. Here’s what you should do at each stage of a migration:

 1. Assess infrastructure

 A crucial first step is to update your configuration management database (CMDB) or any other systems that track assets. Without that information, you cannot know what your infrastructure contains and what your current challenges might be. For a true transformation, you need 100 percent visibility. Over time, that visibility will likely slip and change, but when planning begins, it is crucial.

2. Catalog and map applications

 Over time, enterprise application portfolios expand. You may discover four monitoring tools and two HR apps. Are there other redundancies? Is it possible to reduce costs by consolidation? What can be moved to the cloud and what cannot? Planning a migration also requires mapping workflows against infrastructure to determine where applications reside and which dependencies cannot be broken.

3. Design and estimate

This is time for a reality check. A business with only 40 percent visibility at the start, for instance, will now realize that its initial schedule was overly aggressive. A strategic design of the future state emerges once you have decided what to deprecate, what to move and when (e.g. whether to migrate lower or higher tier apps first). Plugging the design into an ROI tool can give you an estimate on costs and financial returns.

4. Build and validate

At this stage, a proof of concept (POC) can help you become familiar with the future state and gain confidence in the team that may be building it. Given that enterprise IT teams have day jobs, most savvy organizations know that to hit their goals they need experienced and focused partners who can take care of the project while they manage strategy and day-to-day operations. It is difficult to undertake a major transformational effort otherwise.

5. Migrate infrastructure

Whether you are following a disaster recovery (DR) fail-over strategy or using the cloud as a platform to build new versions of applications, you are now “under construction.” Some items go on the cloud and others on physical infrastructure. Some on the edge, and others on premises, all based upon your unique requirements. With multiple clouds and the right setups, infrastructure can move into the future state.

6. Test and validate

Performance testing comes next, to prove your applications and systems are up and running without issues. Testing should include all high-availability (HA) portions and fail-over during maintenance windows. The test regime depends upon applications, budgets and particular goals, such as recovery point or time objectives (RPOs, RTOs). The point is to validate that everything works as it should.

7. Launch operations

This final stage is not an afterthought, as runbooks should be created throughout the process, with ease of operations, cost-effectiveness and reliability in mind. But once these guides of day-to-day operations are finalized, then you can commence operations in the new migrated state.

Lay a good foundation

If you’re like most enterprises, you’ve already dipped your toe into the cloud. Those who have moved some of their applications and infrastructure to the cloud far outnumber both the early adopters who went “all-in” and those who are still hesitating on the sideline.

In a similar way, cloud migrations don’t have to be all-or-nothing. In fact, they very rarely are. The wisest approach is to start with a cloud readiness assessment to see where the greatest benefits lie in a move to the cloud. Then build a long-term cloud strategy that includes what workloads should move to the cloud and when. In other words, focus on steps 1-3, which are the foundation for any successful data center modernization effort.