Data Center Migrations & Consolidations

Business Challenge:

A major academic based health system in Philadelphia required migration services consisting of relocating nearly 600 servers and related technology equipment from the primary data center to the new “designated data center”. ComSource needed to develop a data center migration plan which allowed the move to occur in phases, enabling the IT staff to concentrate on one critical factor at a time and minimize the danger of excessive downtime at any point during the move.

The Solution:

ComSource, in conjunction with our migration partner, worked closely with the client’s project management office, attending pre-move meetings and planning sessions to develop a “playbook” based on a selected “move event” approach and timeline. Key to the plan’s success was our move methodology which was based on the applications priorities and dependencies. Once these “logical” dependencies were determined, a hardware or physical dependency check was performed. This helped put the servers into various groups and identify which ones needed an asset swap, parallel, forklift, etc. type of approach. The data migration took place during 13 move events utilizing one truck per move. ComSource also provided relocation of the customer’s IT equipment, including packing and crating, loading, transporting, unloading and uncrating. As part of this data center migration move it was imperative that customer manufacturer hardware agreements and warranty coverage remained valid throughout the relocation event. ComSource provided consulting services which included suggesting best practices for relocating, inventorying, communicating, change management and other measures associated with the data center migration.


ComSource successfully completed a nearly 600 server and technology infrastructure move over a 13 weekend period on schedule, working within the customer’s timeline and budget and meeting minimal downtime to the ongoing business operations.