HOW TO MIGRATE SERVER WORKLOADS SAFELY

Technologies and their upgrades seem to be on the autopilot. With enterprises switching from Windows to Linux servers or vice versa, this migration can have some effects on the computers. In an organization, computers are connected to a network. Remote installations, repair, and upgrades are a common tasks carried out by the IT department.

If a single computer is not working, the employees are not going to be very empathic and understanding about it.  This is one of the reasons why the pressure on the IT department is very high. Employees have deadlines to meet and managers to answer to.

This chain reaction causes high level of anxiety and pressure to the IT department. Migration of the server has got to do with planning and implementation than the technology per se.

Cloud computing, renting, or investing on infrastructure

Small and medium size businesses too are now opting to rent or cloud their hosting because this is a cost effective option. It is platform independent. Any technology upgrades with regard to any application or background service can be done easily. Investing on infrastructure is a costly affair.

Cloud hosting is the most reliable, well structured, and flexible option to migrate servers. This is an important decision to make before migrating servers. Do you want to rent servers or invest in their making? Also, renting companies those can migrate old machines is a cost effective and time effective option.

Training and development

Before planning a migration of server, the IT department also needs people who are well trained in the technology. For instance, if the company is migrating from Windows to a Linux server, experienced Linux engineers are needed.

This also means either training or recruiting new employees. Migrating servers is like making a complete paradigm shift. Not every employee is going to be happy with the changes. For instance, it could change the login screen, the way you login, etc.

Testing technologies

With a plan in hand, it is important to test the technologies for server migration before implementing it. The performance of data, the speed of data processing, disaster recovery, and many other metrics are tested before migration happens. Pre migrating testing is vital as all the failures and redundancies can be eliminated.

Backing up of all company data

Once the test passes the performance benchmark and other metrics, all the company data is backed up. The work schedules of employees are changed temporarily to implement servers. It is important to migrate sometimes, so the businesses can keep up with the latest technology and speed up the process of delivery.

 

All the processes are documented

Documentation too becomes an important part of the process. It includes documenting every process of server management. DNS connections, Internal and external IPs, dependent and independent applications, security patches, and all the configuration settings are documented. After server implementation, size of the single user mailbox is set. Antivirus and anti spam is installed. Restriction to access external sites is set.

Using resources optimally

Traffic patterns are analyzed. Templates and images of Operating systems and single process are created. This happens when the server is migrated to cloud infrastructure, and resources for every application is allocated.

Server virtualization has the reputation of increasing data efficiency and reduces the load on the server. Due to this, there will hardly be any downtime, regardless of how many users are accessing the same resources.

Other things that are taken into account

An implementation has a chance to fail. When new technologies are tested, there has to be a failover plan too. Say, one thing does not work, the process can be customized or tailored and a few processes can be changed for testing again.

Keeping the business model in mind, the planning for migration is done. The main objective of a server migration is faster data processing, no down time, data security, no redundancies or data corruption.

Firms, like financial companies and data analytics where every single piece of data is crucial, take time to implement the best of technologies. Testing is done over a period of time and not something that can happen overnight.

Deadlines and demands

Though, they cannot be implemented or tested in a jiffy, there are always deadlines set to meet. The implemented migration must be able to fulfill any requirement of the employee or the organization when working on a project.

Every project has a different demand. Same configuration does not fit all. Sometimes, the parity can be large. To fill this gap, technologies need to be tested within a timeframe. The IT department must be willing to make changes on the fly, should there be a demand.

Troubleshooting and maintenance

Troubleshooting becomes an integral part of implementing these technologies. The team of IT that has migrated the server to a better upgrade must also be able to fix any software or hardware issues arising. When implementing a new process, the hardware might not be compatible.

The IT must be able to change the specifications, do a cold boot, and manage remotely as much as possible. Since, time in money in all the organizations, installations, upgrades, troubleshooting, and maintenance is done remotely.

Limited file extensions

Since, the IT department is fully aware of how a virus or Trojan enters a system; they also limit the use of file extension. For instance, if your friend has sent you a funny flash video, it might not open in your mail because of these restrictions. Social media platforms and chat messenger that are not applicable to the company’s usage are also blocked as a part of the implementation.

Employee training

If the server implementation is done on a new technology, the employees too have to go through training programs to be able to use them. Few basics functions on the computers are taught in this session with regard to their projects.

Server implementation is a team work. The focus is always on the security, speed, and the robustness of the technology implemented. Scalable models are preferred as they tend to reduce the future cost of upgrades.

Cyquent is a gold certified partner of Microsoft and our team of experts can extend an extensive support in migrating your servers safely. You can reach us to know more about our services and support.

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