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SCOPE AND SCHEDULE

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SCOPE AND SCHEDULE

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Data Center Transformation: Scope and Schedule

Ke Tian

Trine University

GE 5103 Project Management

11/13/2022

Scope

The current data center transformation project aims to upgrade and increase both on-site data center hardware features and the online software and cloud infrastructure to improve the company’s data center’s capability, functionality, and performance. Accordingly, the scope of the project focuses on upgrading the client’s three existing legacy data centers and migrating eligible applications to the cloud. Of the three data centers, two are reserved for production while one is for disaster recovery. Despite handling different operations, the three data centers share redundant WAN circuits for users and data traffic. The client currently has approximately 145 enterprise applications and 1350 servers (450 Windows servers, 550 Unix servers, and 350 ESX, VMWare, and legacy AIX servers. While all three data centers are located in the United States, the data center handling disaster recovery is located in a different state than the other two for recovery purposes. With a project budget of $1.5 million with a $150,000 contingency, the project seeks to upgrade its data center and migrate to Google Cloud Services.

Schedule

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

The WBS of the current data center transformation project is portrayed through the Tree Structure view as it is the most standard format for the WBS and presents an easy-to-understand view of the WBS.

Project Schedule

For the data center transformation project, the project schedule needs to accommodate both the in-house and external transformation required to migrate the data center to the cloud. Accordingly, the data center transformation project will take approximately 3 months from November 2022 to the beginning of February 2023. This schedule provides ample time for the migration of data to the Google Cloud Platform and the upgrading of in-house networking, connectivity, and storage components of the data center.

Key Milestones and Deliverables

The key milestones and deliverables for the data center transformation project are grounded on the two concurrent transformations for both on-site transformations and cloud infrastructure transformation. Specifically, the key milestones of the project included finishing upgrading on-premise data centers with upgraded devices and cables, finishing migrating data and eligible applications to the cloud, and ensuring clients and related stakeholders can access the data and applications with ease. In meeting the aforementioned milestones, three main deliverables were identified. The first deliverable was to provide high connectivity and database bandwidth by upgrading data center devices and cables. The second deliverable is to provide data storage on secure cloud services. The final deliverable focuses on ensuring there are limited network traffic and an efficient system.

Milestone 1: Finish upgrading on-premise data centers with upgraded devices and cables by 01/04/2023.

Milestone 2: Finish migrating data and eligible applications to the Cloud by 01/17/2023.

Milestone 3: Ensure the client and related stakeholders can access the data and applications without any serious problems by 02/06/2023

Project Resources

To complete the data center transformation process, various resources are required to improve connectivity and database bandwidth and adopt cloud storage. For the current project, the resources required include human resources, data center infrastructure management platforms, new generation servers, storage components such as disk arrays, cables and racks, networking components, and emergency power systems.

Stakeholder Engagement/Communication Plan

Stakeholder engagement is critical in project management as it assists project managers to build and maintain relationships that support commitment in the implementation of change or project delivery. Stakeholder engagement mainly focused on communication between project managers and team members and other project stakeholders. For the data center transformation project, stakeholder engagement will involve notifying stakeholders of the project’s course, its benefits, and compliance issues that can delay the transformation process or the migration of data to the cloud. The communication plan for the current project will mainly focus on engagements of convenience with the stakeholders, which involves informing them of only important news about the project’s progress.