As much as you want it to be, migrating data from one server to another is not always an easy process. There can be several hiccups along the way that can result in delays, downtime and possibly even lost data.
But there is an upside. If you follow the tips listed below, your migration process should serve you well. Remember, the most important part of this migration is to give your team and vendors enough time to complete this important and potentially monumental task.
6 Tips to a Successful Server Migration
DON’T Change Operating Systems and Apps.
Often, management views the migration as an opportunity to make sweeping changes. For example, perhaps your company has been putting off the Windows-to-Linux migration for a while and to a non-technical manager, this looks like the perfect opportunity to do so. However, it is in the best interest of your company to migrate the existing operating system and apps to the new server. Then and only then, when the migration has been fully tested and is complete, you should look at the software aspects.
DO Communicate Your Overall Plan.
Changing out servers just for the sake of faster, sleeker hardware is usually not a good idea. Server migration needs to be part of an overall business case that conveys the reasons the existing server no longer works for your organization. This plan may entail several steps and constitute work over many months. However, regular meetings with management should help gain buy-in to the plan.
DON’T Go Live Too Soon.
Testing is a key component to a successful migration. The more extensive testing that is completed, the better chance you have catching issues in the development environment. Depending on the volume and complexity of the data, this may take several weeks to complete. You may wish to obtain server rentals that can mirror what you anticipate to be some of your more difficult data transfers for isolated testing purposes.
DO Change Dates as the Plan Changes.
Perhaps your plan is to go live on March 1; however, due to unexpected testing and resolution delays, your go live date has been shifted to April 1. That means everything else needs to shift along with that plan. Best practices state that any changes to the server should not occur for the first six weeks. Be sure to meet with management as dates shift and keep them apprised as to the reasons why these delays occurred.
DON’T Scrimp on Cost.
Remember, this data is the heart and soul of your organization. If the data is lost or compromised in any way, it will cost your organization a lot more time and money internally. And if it affects your e-commerce capabilities or contact form, your business reputation may be tarnished. Put together the right budget and review it often. If you are unsure about total cost, speak to your colleagues who have recently completed a migration and work with providers like Hartford Technology Rental to give you planning budget numbers.
Your staff, OS and app developers, migration experts and hardware providers have intricate knowledge about their services and will give you sound advice about ways to prevent migration issues. Listen and learn. Review your plan with these experts and find out if they have a better solution. You may save money, time and be shown a more efficient migration path.
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Need to rent one or more servers? Call us at 888-520-5667 or request a quote online and our technical staff will help with the selection of the right server configuration that will meet your migration needs.