Applications and IT infrastructure used to run wholly in on-premises data centers, but today most companies have moved most or some part of their IT to the public or private cloud where the operating environment is provided as a service. Cloud technologies are more agile and efficient and enable businesses to scale up or down as services are needed providing potential cost savings.
Some who have moved IT to the cloud have now moved back to on-premises where they have more control. Below, we dive into the security risks of data center migration and the process of securely moving data center infrastructure or applications from one operating environment to another.
Data center migration is the process of moving an organization’s existing data and processes from one data center to another operating environment. Organizations can pursue data center migration for a number of reasons, including eliminating server sprawl, increasing agility, reducing costs, and improving time to market.
Data center migration does not necessarily mean moving data centers to the cloud; however, this is a common trend. According to Gartner, although “cloud first” may be the trend, the more realistic model is to be “cloud-ready.”
Different organizations pursue data center migration for different reasons, and the reason for the migration can impact the type of migration. The types of data center migration include:
For many organizations, a data center migration can bring significant benefits. Examples of these include:
Migrating data centers can be a complex process. To maximize the probability of a successful migration, follow this process:
Before starting to develop a data center migration strategy, it is important to gain a full understanding of the scope of the exercise. During the assessment phase, take the following steps:
With a clear understanding of the goals and scope of the migration in place, the next step is to plan the migration. Important steps in the migration planning process include:
Before putting the data center migration plan into action, it is important to validate the various parts of the plan. As part of this process, be sure to include business validation to ensure that all the stakeholders are aware of any changes in the migration process.
With the plan developed and validated, the next step in the migration process is to put the plan into action. The goal of migration is to deploy a fully functional and tested data center, so this phase includes the following steps:
When the migration phase is complete, the company should have a fully functional data center. However, oversights and other issues can cause problems in the long term. Organizations should routinely verify that services are running, review the data center architecture and configurations, and optimize where needed.
Organizations planning for a data center migration should also consider data center security. When shifting from one type of data center to another, such as on-premises to cloud-based, the differences in the environment can have a dramatic impact on data center security.
For example, in a cloud environment, an organization no longer has visibility into or control over the underlying infrastructure hosting its resources. This can make it more difficult to implement security controls required by corporate policy and regulatory compliance requirements. Also, security tools designed for on-prem environments may not work in the cloud.
When transitioning to a modern data center, it is essential to ensure that your organization has the tools needed to properly protect it. Check Point Data Center Security solutions offer protection to data center assets whether they are in the cloud, on-premises, or both.
Check Point provides robust security across virtualized, physical and cloud environments with the ability to visualize and assess an organization’s cloud security posture, detect misconfigurations, and model and enforce best practices to secure data center migrations to the cloud and from the cloud to on-premises.
Data center migrations can be complex, but they can pay for themselves in the long run. Check out this report by Gartner to learn how to reduce the costs of your data center. You’re also welcome to request a demo of Check Point Maestro to see how to effectively secure your new data center.