Overcoming Data Center Relocation Challenges in Banking

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When insiders and IT influencers discuss data center relocation, the conversation often centers on methodology, infrastructure and core competencies. Most experts will advise you on how accurate the plan should be, how many skilled resources you need and how careful you should be when moving apps and infrastructure back and forth.

As technology evolves and standardization widens, everything you need to make a data center relocation successful should be available. However, there still remains a number of pain points. Below is a list of some of the challenges that may affect your plan and how to overcome them.

Stakeholder Management

In complex IT environments made up of applications spread across multiple countries with service buses, gates and interfaces everywhere, you might incur several pitfalls. Therefore, it’s important to carefully manage stakeholders in the source country. Make sure to provide all pros and cons of the relocations, and outline the benefits of supporting this initiative.

Regulatory and Security Compliance

To be successful, data center relocation projects must comply with worldwide banking regulations. Make sure every technical measure you need to fulfill is already there, once moved. You can pose this compliance as a plus to your stakeholders, as they often receive findings from regulatory entities at the source.

It’s also essential to comply with banking security requirements. Prepare for the Banking Secrecy Act by enabling the correct technical measures. This includes investing in encryption, vaulting, logging, entitlement, authorization and separation of duties that platforms and middleware offer out of the box. Build security concepts in advance to receive banking approval and get to ground on time.

Application Affinities and Coupling

How many times have you seen missing information on an application relationship? Make sure not to affect applications strictly coupled to each other that have related performances during both transactional and batch peaks. Ensure business and service-line application owners disclose all available documentation. Keep all technological services and application islands serving hundreds of sided applications in mind. While you can perform questionnaires and interviews to discover crucial dependencies, it’s better to plan in advance.

Infrastructure and Application Mapping

Investing in a configuration management database is a must. Without this, it can be very challenging to manage complex environments. Perform a dry run by intercepting, merging and elaborating static data, and eventually cross with available application data.

Keep in mind that no matter what kind of dimensional data analysis you run, this will only provide an initial snapshot of the environment. You must conduct direct interviews to understand the real constraints hidden within the data.

Organizational Culture

To achieve success with a huge transformation initiative, you must properly manage major influencers and instill positivity in everyone involved. You’ll need to convince not only the stakeholders, but also the company at large that a data center relocation is a win-win for the future of the business.

This list offers just an appetizer of some of the challenges you might encounter during a relocation program. Stay tuned for more, and reach out to me on LinkedIn at Alberto Peronaci.

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Alberto Peronaci

Executive Architect, Global Technology Services

Alberto is an executive architect leading technical solution strategy, sales, design, implementation and delivery in project and outsourcing services. Alberto has been covering multiple engagements in his career at an international level, developing significant expertise in information technology. Additionally, Alberto is the transition and transformation lead architect at Value Transformation Services S.P.A, an IBM-Unicredit joint venture.