A. Complete Life Cycle Support – Design/Build, Operate, Maintain
Data centre facilities require specific industrial design and engineering requirements to meet the needs for fire-protection, power provisioning, stand-by power, cooling, physical security, and layout. Prior to project commencement, a project charter is developed to identify a clear and defined scope, decision rights, potential risks, and receive executive sponsorship.
- Planning - Data centre planning is the process of planning for current and future hardware, software, and other data centre infrastructure requirements within a perceived time frame. It is a form of capacity planning that reviews and analyzes current data centre utilization to plan for effective utilization of the data centre capacity.
It supports the operations of the raised floor including planning, management, and oversight of teams to execute installs and de-installs in accordance with authorized change requests. Assets - Real-time views and data of the data centre including power, CRAC’s, servers, storage, networking equipment, rack PDUs, patch panels, etc. Includes asset details such as purchase date, acquisition cost, record of modifications, serial and model number, manufacturer, etc.
We manage all your OS updates, patch all your servers, and ensure they are up to date to prevent most exploits and hacks. We help you plan the replacement of your computers at scheduled intervals to manage your budgets while replacing the oldest equipment in your environment on a set schedule that is planned with you and your teams.
- Capacity - Accurate views of physical space, power, rack temperatures, and network ports down to the outlet and port level, UPSs, CRACs, circuit panels etc.
- Power - See how much power you are using at a moment's notice, down to individual components and individual outlet metering.
This sample Power dashboard shows just a few of the metrics that can be tracked, including Actual and Planned Power vs. Capacity per Cabinet, Location's Actual Active Power, and Budget Power Capacity.
- Connectivity - Full circuits with patch cords and the structured and power distribution cabling between endpoints to see exactly how systems are connected on your data centre floor with 3D visualization.
Using our Aruba network solutions secure fabric network infrastructure, we can enable your business with both local and mobile network capabilities, along with your VOIP and video. We deliver simple, reliable, and affordable networking solutions for small and midsize businesses. We take the hassle out of networking.
- Environment - A complete environment management solution to identify potential trouble areas like hot spots and overcooling and helps you save energy while maintaining an optimal data centre environment.
- Security - Ability to manage access to different areas of your data centre and keep information in the right hands with real-time reporting, surveillance feeds, and granular role-based permissions to support tenant models.
Predictive maintenance: This is a critical part of the data centre’s strategy. Predictive maintenance leverages measurements and other data analysis to recognize any changes, trends or irregularities that could point to a potential failure. In this way, the potential issues can be addressed before they lead to an outage.
The Strategy describes where you expect to be 2 to 3 years from now with your IT infrastructure and its impact on the Data Centre facilities. The Roadmap is a month by month action plan describing the steps to be taken to achieve the strategy. We recommend updating the documents quarterly and producing a monthly status report on progress. This approach identifies where your Data Centre investments should be made, how much, and why and aligns with your IT and Corporate budgets.
Data centre transformation is the process of changing a data centre to improve its overall functionality and performance. Some experts define and characterize data centre transformation as large-scale programs of change that affect many of the key parts of data centre use, including IT Infrastructure setups, users, facilities, budgets, and business processes all of which must be aligned.
Identifying process gaps, skills gaps, outage risks and identification of data centre single points of failure are a means to achieve data centre risk management rehab. When conducting a data centre transformation, Tri-Paragon focuses on the identification of potential threats and weaknesses that could potentially cause an outage.
Our Data Centre Health Assessment (DCHA) provides our customers with an actionable report that identifies; gaps in skills and procedures, including single points of failure with an associated risk and mitigation matrix to reduce the potential for an outage caused by one of these threats. Mitigation matrices are typically used to follow up and ensure the gaps have been effectively mitigated.
A secure and reliable IT infrastructure is essential to ensure your staff and customers have access to the right technology and digital resources, quickly and easily. An IT infrastructure refresh improves workplace productivity, increases collaboration across teams, and ensures you secure your valuable data and business services.
Benefits include increased efficiency and performance by simplifying and consolidating hardware and adding required capacity. Simply continuing “as-is” amid rapidly evolving and changing technology just does not work. New applications demand the performance and features often found in the newest systems. CIO’s are constantly squeezed amongst these three issues; increasing business requests and requirements (more computing), requirements to reduce IT spending (lower budgets), and demands for more service speed and efficiency.
There is always a temptation to make cost reduction the priority – usually with pressure from upper management. However, one of the results of increased efficiency is reduced costs, so it’s the perpetual struggle to make strategic investments, such as technology refreshes, that can ultimately save money for the organization. Tri-Paragon migrates your applications and data to your new environment(s) while you continue to focus on responding to new business requests and requirements.
A Data Centre Relocation/Migration can be one of a company's most complex and challenging endeavors requiring a thorough Business Risk Assessment and mitigation strategy for success. There are five critical issues to consider when relocating a data centre or migrating workloads:
1. Risk Management and Mitigation
2. Maximizing Availability
3. Maintaining Service Level Agreements
4. Minimizing Business Disruption
5. Protecting and synchronizing the Data
Data Centre Relocations are extraordinarily complex, sensitive projects requiring a high degree of expertise and applied experience to achieve success and to minimize the risks of unplanned system and application outages. Tri-Paragon applies a rigorous approach to managing the risk of a Data Centre move using its proven Data Centre Relocation Methodology (DCRM). Planning the relocation is the most critical and time-consuming activity to ensure all risks and mitigation strategies are identified, detailed execution plans are developed, application maintenance windows are respected, and the move is carried out in an appropriate timeframe. An experienced team is required for effectiveness and efficiencies to save time, costs, and most importantly – potential errors and accidents.
Our DCRM describes in detail the processes for; site selection, discovery, and due diligence, and planning of the new Data Centre (power, cooling, cabling, and rack and equipment layout requirements), including the project initiation, execution and close out processes. Tri-Paragon’s years of experience planning and executing Data Centre relocations provide our customers with a level of comfort that their critical assets are receiving the care they require and deserve. Tri-Paragon has over 15 years direct Data centre Relocation and workload migration experience serving the technology, telecommunications, transportation, and retail industries.
Data centre consolidation requires the hiring of an experienced data centre consolidation consulting firm (e.g. Tri-Paragon Inc.), assigning dedicated teams, and deciding to properly fund the program. The team members should only work on data centre consolidation activities and their entire focus will be on getting in the enterprise to the assigned data centres and not just kicking the tires with a proof of concept or pilot. When an organization understands the benefits of a consolidated data centre approach the sponsor can create a proposal so compelling that no CEO could ignore it.
- Disaster Recovery (DR)
Disaster Recovery plans are widely accepted as a means of ensuring all critical data, IT systems and networks can be recovered in any event classed as an emergency. These plans also ensure that corporate business objectives can be achieved during the disruption. In short, it is a plan that keeps a business operational. A DR plan also ensures that remote offices and branch locations are considered when a catastrophe occurs, and they are protected. In addition, many organizations must adhere to compliance regulations when conducting business. They must produce disaster recovery reports as part of a business impact analysis strategy.
Our DR planning methodology meets all regulatory requirements and provides you with a detailed step by step playbook describing the steps required to recover your applications and data in the event of an emergency. The DR plan includes a process for its maintenance and validation for currency. We also provide a coaching option to assist in guiding you in the DR Planning and Validation process. A DR as a Service option is also available which can ease the transition to and from the DR scenario.
- Backup and Recovery
Whether you are missing a backup solution because you do not think you need one, or yours is not quite complete, you could have a serious security problem on your hands. Without an effective backup solution in place, you could be facing damage to your revenue, reputation, compliance, bottom line and peace of mind. We provide you with a solution that gives you access to your data anytime, from anywhere.
In our experience, we have found on numerous occasions that organizations have solid backup plans but very weak and, in some cases, non-existent data recovery plans. We ensure your recovery capability and provide cloud-based Backup as a Service and Coaching options.
Decommissioning a data centre is a lot more complicated than shutting down servers and switches. While most enterprise IT pros are likely to be involved with dismantling smaller-scale data centres given the trend for companies to move away from on-premises data centres.
Successfully retiring a data centre requires navigating many steps. The first step is a complete inventory of all assets in the data centre. The inventory must include all IT devices (hardware), all software and associated licenses as well as all Facilities equipment. Next, map dependencies among data-centre resources so that you can move things in orderly phases and limit the risk of something going wrong. The WAN is a good example. Connection points are often optimized, so when you start to disassemble it, you need to know who is getting what in terms of connections and optimized services so you do not create SLA issues when you break the connection.
Changing the IP addresses of well-known servers, even temporarily, also creates connection problems. The solution is to do it in steps, not all at once. It is also important to reclaim all software licenses. Tri-Paragon has extensive experience decommissioning several data centres often linked to a data centre migration. Tri-Paragon’s project team provides a defined process, project management services, and full accountability while ensuring; business continuity, data security, and environmentally responsible reuse or recycling of retired IT assets based on your specific direction and regulatory requirements for disposal, reuse, or recycling.