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123NET Data Center Migration Checklist

123NET Data Center Migration Checklist

Housing IT equipment has a cost. Generally, building, managing, and maintaining an onsite rack space will cost you between $1,000 and $1,500 per month on average. Cloud services could prove even more costly if misconfigured. 

A data center migration is the deploying and transferring of an existing data center environment to the operating environment of another data center. It is a thorough process of plans for migration of the existing data center to a different site or facility. The 123NET Data Center Migration Checklist takes you through crucial steps, which focuses on downtime and risk reduction, in the migration of your data center. 

Developing a Project Plan

On average, data center migrations take 1 to 2 months. To build a data center, it takes 18-24 months. 

  • Engage & Pinpoint All Functions & Stakeholders Within the Affected Organization 
  • Find a Migration Manager that Handles the Process, Communicates Developments & Ensures the Project’s Fruition 
  • Facilitate a Strategy, Focused on Timelines, Budgets & Success Benchmarks 
  • Receive Stakeholder Approvals 
  • Craft a Communications’ Procedure to Keep all Parties Progress-Focused 
  • Identify Roles & Duties Before, During & After the Undertaking 
  • Consider SLA & Other Contracts for Terms/Conditions, Including Early Termination 

Inventory Assets & Applications

Building a data center requires 5 to 10 pieces of different equipment. On average, there are up to 5 types of equipment that is required. 

  • Explore if Asset Inventory Requires Discovery Software, Manual Completion, or Both 
  • Utilize Equipment & Hardware Stock to Explore Ownership & What Must be Migrated 
  • Finish Taking Stock of Network Connectivity 
  • Finalize the Tabulation of All Hardware Applications Running 
  • Establish Any Undocumented Hardware & Applications 
  • Determine Categorized Cabling & Decommissioned Inventory 
  • Achieve Identifying Labeling Structure to Determine Necessary Equipment & Transfer Timeline 

Planning of New Infrastructure 

The average data center layout has a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) between 1.75 and 2.4. 

  • Consider the Site Layout to Decide Where Equipment Placement is Implemented 
  • Implement a Virtual Layout with Equipment Location & Connection Path to Outcomes 
  • Confirm the Design of the Network with the Engineering Team 
  • Determine Cable Lengths to All Power & Data Connections to Minimize Post-Migration Potential “Spaghetti Cabinet” 
  • Establish IT Deployment Power Capacity Alignment for Each Row & Rack

1: Before Migration 

2: Day of Migration 

3: Post Migration 

Put Together a Migration Plan that Establishes Roles, Contact Information & Timelines 

Establish Accessible Movement Plan 

Confirm Migration is Successful 

Direct Project to Mitigate Critical Application Resource Impact (if possible) 

Make Sure All Equipment is Delivered 

Guarantee Network Operations Center (NOC) Observes Systems Working Again 

Schedule Migration Service  
(if needed) 

Ensure the Assembly of All Personnel 

Determine Equipment is Physically Installed & Connected 

Familiarize Yourself with the Site Layout 

Record Migration Progress 

Dispose / Decommission Old Cabling & Equipment 

Build Instructions for Device Installation  

Plan Additional Migration Changes 

 

Ensure Site Access & Security Clearance for All Necessary Team Members 

Structure Data in One Location 

 

Build Plans & Detail New Configurations to Determine Functionality 

 

 

Craft a Contingency Disaster Recovery Plan 

 

 

Plant Hardware Before the Move 

 

 

Determine Initial IT Asset Works 

 

 

Do a Dry Migration Run 

 

 

About 123NET 

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others. 

OUR MISSION:

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES & BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET. 

Customer Spotlight—Highlands Restaurant

At-a-Glance:

The restaurant needed to update its 60-year-old building’s best-effort internet connection with a dedicated internet access (DIA) business fiber connection for optimal performance and a better dining experience.

Customer:

Highlands Restaurant

Industry:

Dining

Services:

Dedicated Internet

Employee Number:

85

Background:

The Highlands Restaurant opened on November 25, 2019, but it had been planned early 2018 with construction beginning then. The restaurant sits atop the Renaissance Center (RENCEN) in downtown Detroit and is the product of McClain Camarota Hospitality. The business is headquartered in Grosse Ile, MI and run by two husband-and-wife couples: Shawn and Holly McClain along with Richard and Sarah Camarota. Shawn and Holly are based in Grosse Ile while Richard and Sarah are based in Las Vegas, NV. Prior to opening the Highlands Restaurant, they have run a number of Las Vegas restaurants: Sage and Five50 Pizza Bar at the Aria Resort & Casino as well as the Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

In creating the Highlands Restaurant, the idea was to appeal to diners of all different backgrounds and to eliminate the traditional tower restaurant and change things up. They replaced the previous Coach Insignia restaurant and faced competition when initially seeking the space.

Challenge:

Highlands Restaurant had to find a dedicated internet connection that provided no interruptions and was able to work within and at the top of the 60-year-old RENCEN tower location.

Solution:

123NET’s Dedicated Internet Access provides the Highlands Restaurant with a reliable network connection with zero interruptions.

Results:

The Highlands Restaurant’s revamped network infrastructure brings redundancy, reliability and failover ensuring an optimal dining experience while allowing their restaurant business to remain connected always without any chance of connectivity loss.

Partnership:

“I needed to find somebody who had an intimate knowledge of the 60-year-old building. They needed to be flexible about our unique needs and special space. We needed to be smart when it came to price as we have numerous cloud applications that need a reliable signal.”

Richard Camarota, McClain Camarota Hospitality Managing Partner

The Importance of Redundancy

What is Internet Redundancy?

Internet redundancy is a method of determining available internet connectivity in case of path failure or unavailability. If a primary internet connection fails, the secondary takes over, ensuring your business stays up and running. 

Why is Internet Redundancy Important?

Without internet redundancy, it doesn’t take much for a disrupted network; it just needs a single point of failure. Can your business afford to be out for a few days, hours, or even seconds? During the time of an outage, financial losses and missed opportunities can occur, as well as possible tarnishing of a reputation. Your company can suffer from direct, indirect, and opportunity costs.

Different Ways to Achieve Internet Redundancy

Internet redundancy can be achieved by having service with separate internet providers, utilizing different transports and/or technology:

1. Multiple Transit Provider:

Calculate the best path to the requested internet destination with Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), commonly used for provider redundancy. 

2. Separate Transports:

Utilize two different transport solutions (fixed wireless, fiber), where the company can use the same internet service provider (ISP) for multiple services. 

3. Software Failover – SD-WAN:

Steer internet traffic on separate links through three different features of SD-WAN. 

  • DYNAMIC MULTI-PATH OPTIMIZATION (DMPO): Allow managed performance thresholds for different traffic types with dynamic path selection, ensuring critical applications and data transfers always use the best path based on the loss, latency and jitter. 
  • POLICY-BASED ROUTING (PBR): Enable administrators to assign traffic to a virtual private network (VPN) based on criteria such as traffic protocol, source, destination or application. 
  • DUAL ACTIVE VPN UPLINKS: Have multiple VPN tunnels simultaneously active, where traffic can be load balanced across tunnels to make optimal available bandwidth use.

4. Hardware Failover:

Eliminate network outages with high availability configurations. Remediate network issues that could be potentially harmful to your network through using different pieces of hardware.

Common Internet Redundancy Implementation Mistakes

Service Does Not Fit Their Business Needs:

Many businesses desiring a backup network connection seek cheaper and less robust options than their primary one. If the primary connection fails, the secondary connection will not be able to sufficiently support the network demand. In the event of significant network downtime, will your business be able to operate efficiently?

Service is Not Truly Redundant:

Some businesses have their primary and secondary service traverses the same path. In the event of a path failure, the primary and secondary internet service becomes unavailable

About 123NET 

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others. 

OUR MISSION:

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES & BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET. 

Customer Spotlight—RPT Realty

At-a-Glance:

RPT Realty required a dependable and redundant offsite data center, dark fiber, and voice services’ solution to replace a neglected and declining network infrastructure.

Customer:

RPT Realty

Industry:

Real Estate

Services:

  • Data Center
  • Dark Fiber
  • SIP

Employee Number:

110

Background:

RPT Realty owns and operates a national portfolio of open-air shopping destinations principally located in top U.S. markets. The Company’s locally-curated consumer experiences reflect the lifestyles of its diverse neighborhoods and match the modern expectations of its retail partners. The Company is a fully integrated and self-administered REIT publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RPT.

Challenge:

Upgrading RPT Realty’s existing infrastructure with a redundant offsite data center and a dark fiber solution in a cost efficient and timely manner. They also wanted to upgrade their disaster recovery plan and needed to upgrade their corporate voice services.

Solution:

The attention was placed on developing a network solution, including a redundant offsite data center and a dark fiber solution, to upgrade their existing network infrastructure. The secondary focus was on employing the SIP voice product to enhance their business voice system. To do this, 123NET engineers focused on setting up RPT in an offsite data center and connecting them to the fiber network.

Results:

The composite of an offsite data center and dark fiber solution not only provided the upgraded and enhanced infrastructure that was EOL, EOS, and redundant but also an upgraded disaster recovery plan with a secure upgraded network. The SIP voice product also gave them an upgraded business voice product. The combination of these network and voice solutions enabled RPT Realty to be immediately connected upon moving from their old Farmington Hills office to a new Southfield office. It also offered upgraded voice services, so the company could have stronger communication.

These solutions benefited RPT Realty when COVID-19 initiated the pivot to a virtual workplace. They were in the process of a stress test that turned into a live test, which was flawless, allowing their employees to seamlessly work from home and stay connected. The 123NET network and voice solutions provide the confidence required to successfully balance employees being in the office and working from home.

Partnership:

“123NET was a successfully helped RPT Realty accomplish its goals of upgrading and enhancing our systems in a timely and economically efficient manner. They were able to personalize RPT Realty’s needs and create a customized plan which positively impacted the company as a whole. I had worked with them in both of my previous positions and found a mindset of deep support, technical acumen, and strong partnership.“

RPT Realty Information Technology Vice President Bill Piper

Customer Spotlight—365 Retail Markets

At-a-Glance:

This Information Tech and Service Provider overcame an expensive and outdated ISP along with the challenge of no other carriers in the area. 

Customer:

365 Retail Markets

Industry:

Information Technology & Services

Services:

Employee Number:

260

Background:

365 Retail Markets started in the basement of CEO and Founder Joe Hessling, with just paper, a pencil, and a rotary house phone. Over the last decade, the company has grown becoming a global leader in self-service convenience technologies ranging from vending, dining, mobile, and micro markets.  

Challenge:

365 Retail Markets faced an outdated and expensive ISP that was inherited from the previous occupant. They were looking to expand outside of their data closet into something more robust and reliable. While looking around at ISP’s, 365 Retail Markets were told there were no connections to their building which left them stranded. 123NET had to figure out how to profitably build into the new area and get network connectivity to businesses in that area.  

Solution:

Both parties saw a good opportunity in working together and 123NET brought in new lines to their building and into the entire area, giving them a great deal and a new internet connection option. They also decided to colocate their data within 123NET’s Tier 3 Carrier Neutral Data Center.

Results:

The results of this connection were growth with reliability for their offices and business’ backend. They have grown significantly since the installation of 123NET’s services. With two locations, they can connect their businesses with 123NET’s internet and utilize colocation space at the main data center hub in Southfield. Their business infrastructure is way more reliable as a result. As they continue to grow, they plan on expanding their office and Data Center solutions to fit their expanding needs.   

Partnership:

“123NET offered us a deal when no one else would. Between bringing new high-speed reliable internet, direct connection to their data center, and very helpful staff, they have solidified us as a customer to grow with.”

365 Retail Markets Senior Architect Robert Heller

The Benefits of Internet Exchange Points  

An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) acts as a virtual intersection where multiple networks interconnect and bilaterally exchange traffic, known as peering. Instead of going through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to access a website, organizations and businesses have a direct connection without going through the middleman. 

At times, an IXP is similar to a metro airport with the internet having regionally located hubs that assist with the delivery of data and information. The Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) serves as a hub for traveling passengers while the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) acts as a crucial hub for delivering information and data. Instead of airline companies centrally gathering at airports to exchange passengers, ISPs peer together at IXPs to transfer mass amounts of data. 

IXPs boast many benefits to members and those associated with them such as:  

1. REDUCING COSTS

Normally, traffic is exchanged freely between members of an internet exchange. By having direct interconnection, traffic stays local, instead of routing from one service provider to another. Thus, reducing latency and costs via an ISP’s upstream provider. Depending on overall traffic, upstream ISPs would be charging per megabit for content transferred which can be costly and add up over time.  

2. REDUCING LATENCY

Network latency, the time it takes for data to go from the source to the destination, is measured in milliseconds. By peering locally at an IXP, members shorten their path to internet destinations hosted behind other IXP member networks, reducing latency, improving round-trip time and overall costs. 

3. STRENGTHEN LOCAL INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

Academic institutions, content providers, carriers and businesses benefit by exchanging traffic locally versus transiting traffic to their ISP.  

Internet Exchange Members can be any organization or business that has an autonomous system number (ASN) and advertises IP addresses using the border gateway protocol (BGP). Many times, content providers peer with ISPs to get their content in the hands of the customers as well as peering with other content providers at IXPs. 

The DET-iX was founded in 2014 with five members. As of May 2020, it has grown to 48 members and continues to rise to new heights. It is one of the largest not-for-profit internet exchange points in the world. DET-iX connects Michigan communities and businesses, allowing members to pass direct traffic freely. 

ABOUT DET-IX    
The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Southfield, Michigan. Membership and ports are free. The collaboration of carriers, ISPs, Content Providers, and Enterprise Businesses connected to DET-IX allow for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying to make the connection. This not only reduces the cost of exchanging traffic but provides localization of traffic for the 4.5 million inhabitants of the Detroit metro area. For more information, visit www.detroitix.com.    

ABOUT 123NET  
123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.  

OUR MISSION: BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.