Data Center Migration

Avoid Network Outages when Migrating a Data Center

Network engineers often have nightmares about data center migrations. Not only can it take months to complete a migration, most organizations will face multiple network outages during that timeframe. Today’s networks consist of hundreds of thousands of components that will need to be discovered, verified, and documented. In fact, data from AlogSec shows that two out of every three organizations face unexpected application disruptions during a data center migration project.
two out of every three organizations face unexpected application disruptions during a data center migration project. Network automation can help.

Organizations that are leveraging automation are sleeping easier at night, knowing that the most tedious and risky parts of the project can be handled without any risk. NetBrain can help you avoid critical roadblocks across three phases in a data center migration project.

Phase 1: Pre-Migration Network Assessment

The first step in any migration is to understand the ins and outs of the network. This is a comprehensive, yet critical process for any network team. This includes an:

  • Inventory of every piece of network equipment
  • Topology and design diagrams of the data center
  • A list of every application affected by the network
  • Detailed mapping of application dependencies
  • Circuit inventory

By automating the network documentation process, organizations can streamline this process for both pre-upgrade and post-upgrade networks. Dynamic Network Maps have virtually infinite detail to document any aspect of design from firewall policies and dynamic routing to multicasting and layer-2 design.

Phase 2: Configuration Change Planning and Testing

By leveraging NetBrain as the center of a data center migration, network teams will be able to handle all the following items:

  • Detailed topology and connectivity mapping of the new data center layout
  • Detailed design documents, including routing protocols, spanning tree design, etc.
  • Virtualization, consolidation, and enhanced storage opportunities
  • Pre-move and post-move build-out and moving logistics
  • Space, circuits, hardware and software requirements

Typically, organizations will migrate a network and then troubleshoot problems after it’s already up. Organizations that use NetBrain can discover and map the simulated network to visualize and validate every configuration. For example, engineers can check key application flows and routing table changes. This will allow engineers to proactively guard against misconfiguration and reduce any outages after the migration. Once network teams feel confident about their planned changes, NetBrain can help execute them automatically to save time and avoid human errors.

Phase 3: Post-Migration Network Operations

Once the network is migrated, network teams need to ensure that it is running smoothly. Any migration will lead to small changes in the network, making troubleshooting much slower and less reliable.

NetBrain provides the tools for network engineers to create Executable Runbooks for enhanced troubleshooting and remediation of issues with the ability to view the entire network through a single pane of glass. This allows any changes to have minimal impact on network performance and troubleshooting.

Data center migrations don’t need to cause nightmares. When the proper tools are in place the process can be managed smoothly and with little to no anxiety.

Take a deeper dive and ask questions

Want to see the power of using NetBrain for a data center migration? Drop in on one of our live demos. Engineer-to-engineer tech talk. Lots of Q&A.

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  • Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes 2018-11-16 15:00:00 2018-11-16 15:30:00 America/New_York Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes. See firsthand how NetBrain’s patented Dynamic Maps and Runbook Automation technology make life easier for every engineer, every task and workflow, every day.

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  • Security and Cyber Defense Demo 2018-11-19 14:00:00 2018-11-19 14:30:00 America/New_York Security and Cyber Defense Demo See how NetBrain can proactively harden your network against security gaps and vulnerabilities such as misconfigurations, open ports, and legacy code versions. And when your network is under attack see how to quickly identify the part of the network that is impacted and visualize the extent of the damage in real time.

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  • NetBrain Overview Demo 2018-11-20 14:00:00 2018-11-20 14:30:00 America/New_York NetBrain Overview Demo Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes. See firsthand how NetBrain’s patented Dynamic Maps and Runbook Automation technology make life easier for every engineer, every task and workflow, every day.

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  • Automating Network Changes 2018-11-26 14:00:00 2018-11-26 14:30:00 America/New_York Automating Network Changes Making changes to the network is risky – a single misconfiguration can result in performance issues, or even outages, especially when new technologies and other key business initiatives are rolled out. See how NetBrain can automate your critical network change management workflows to validate changes and minimize human error.

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  • Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes 2018-11-27 14:00:00 2018-11-27 14:30:00 America/New_York Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes. See firsthand how NetBrain’s patented Dynamic Maps and Runbook Automation technology make life easier for every engineer, every task and workflow, every day.

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  • Managing SDN with NetBrain 2018-11-28 14:00:00 2018-11-28 14:30:00 America/New_York Managing SDN with NetBrain See how NetBrain helps you manage your SDN infrastructure just like the rest of your network, from a single console. You’ll learn how Dynamic Maps can visualize the SDN fabric and its interconnections to the external network. We’ll also show you how our runbook automation solution helps teams codify SDN knowledge and operationalize workflows across the hybrid infrastructure.

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  • Automating Troubleshooting Diagnosis 2018-11-29 14:00:00 2018-11-29 14:30:00 America/New_York Automating Troubleshooting Diagnosis See how NetBrain can quickly pin down the root cause of any network problem across traditional, virtual, and SDN networks. You'll learn how NetBrain combines end-to-end visibility with automated diagnostics to cut network troubleshooting time in half.

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  • Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes 2018-11-30 15:00:00 2018-11-30 15:30:00 America/New_York Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes Learn NetBrain in 20 minutes. See firsthand how NetBrain’s patented Dynamic Maps and Runbook Automation technology make life easier for every engineer, every task and workflow, every day.

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