Most major organisations are currently undergoing a data centre migration of some kind – whether consolidating existing services, moving to another physical data centre or moving to a private or public cloud. Although payoffs in terms of dollars and risk reduction are great, there is a high level of risk involved in the transition. Many organisations estimate that these programs triple the amount of change an organisation is going through, and 80% of incidents are a result of change. So, unless we manage this process better than the average change process, this could be a recipe for disaster.

Key transitions like a data centre migration are when large institutions are at their most vulnerable. To reduce risk you need to know every single step of the hugely complex process, leaving nothing to chance. There is nothing like Cutover that gives you insight into every part of the change, spanning human and machine activity, and that helps to reduce the risk of outages or rollbacks during a migration.

So how do we manage this increased volume of change better?

Cloud Migration


Use Cutover for Data Centre Migration to:

  • CREATE

    migration plan runbooks and templates that can be repurposed for data centre recovery tests and resilience playbooks

  • MANAGE

    the migration effectively with insight into every aspect of the change

  • VISUALISE

    how the migration is going, where delays are occurring and whether you’re running to schedule

  • COMPLY

    with regulations and provide a comprehensive audit trail to regulators and to use for post-event learning

Benefits of Using Cutover for Data Centre Migration

    • Reduce Risk

      Avoiding downtime and data loss are two of the main concerns when undergoing a data centre migration. Cutover reduces these risks by providing one platform to plan, orchestrate and visualise the entire migration process.

    • Reduce Cost

      The average major data centre migration project will cost at least £1 billion. Poor planning and visualisation increase the likelihood of hidden costs being overlooked in the early stages and unforeseen issues cause delays, leading to increased labour costs.

      Using Cutover to plan and run the migration allows you to spot and plan for potential problems early and see where inefficiencies occur, leading to continuous improvement and reduced costs.

    • Improve Planning and Testing

      Easily coordinate migration and implementation plans and tests. Lay out the detailed steps to be performed during the actual data migration, allowing you to spot potential problems early on.

    • Reduce Migration Duration

      64% of migration projects finish behind schedule, with most taking two years or longer. On average, 75% of delays occur in the handover interface between tasks and teams of people. Cutover allows you to visualise and pinpoint the areas of human orchestration that lead to recurring delays, allowing you to save hours on migration activities.

    • Increase Capacity

      Achieve a 30% increase in capacity by removing repetitive manual tasks such as chasing status updates by phone and email. The orchestration and visualisation provided increase the capacity of the central coordination and command & control teams by removing the need to seek one-to-one feedback from the teams that are progressing the plan.

    • Orchestrate Humans and Technology at Pace

      Cutover is uniquely positioned to enable enterprises to improve their data centre migration process, encompassing the people involved as well as the technology they use.


“The ability to automate communications to stakeholders across the business through one system enables us to manage change consistently, reducing customer impact and increasing business confidence in a successful delivery."

Matt Cox, Head of Insight & Innovation, Nationwide Building Society

Why you should act now
A data centre migration is one of the most complex and risky transitions your organisation will ever undergo. However, cloud migration and consolidation are becoming increasingly necessary. Cutover is uniquely positioned to provide a greater level of control, usability and functionality than can be achieved with spreadsheets and emails, increasing the chances of a successful migration.