With another year past, organizations are tasked with the tying up loose ends and making preparations to tackle the next twelve months. For many small businesses, those new year plans involve migrating to a new IT platform. We’ve talked at great length about the software end of life cycle as well as how IT managed service providers can lend a hand in OS transitions. But the operating system is only one in several critical IT components, so let’s take a look at some other platforms MSPs might suggest clients include in their migration plans.
1. Hardware Upgrade
If the only task on your migration agenda is upgrading an OS or two, then consider your organization lucky. Hardware migration is high on the list of dreaded tasks, but for IT administrators, it’s a way of life. A hardware-based project may be required for a number of reasons, including:
- Your hardware is reaching its own end of life cycle, or simply needs to be replaced.
- Your organization needs to boost the performance of existing hardware.
- Your organization is downsizing its IT infrastructure and needs to consolidate equipment.
It could be a hard drive on the brink or a server that just isn’t putting out enough horsepower. Hardware migrations are common enough and when they come around, they’re usually a huge deal.
2. Virtual Infrastructure
Virtualization migration is one of the most popular trends in IT. Typically, the goal here is to move your servers or other hardware to an environment where they are no longer bound to physical equipment. A virtual environment offers some unique benefits, including cost savings from consolidation, superior flexibility, and tons of options on the disaster recovery front. There’s a lot to like about virtualization, but it is also one of more challenging migrations to pull off. Compatible hardware, capable hypervisor software, and a comphrensive backup plan are just a few key pieces of the puzzle.
3. Cloud Deployment
Moving to the cloud has also become common on the IT front. Like virtualization, cloud computing brings plenty to the party in the way of flexibility and cost savings, but stands out by offering the ultimate in scalability. Whether your plans call for additional servers, operating systems, or applications, the cloud allows you to obtain whatever resources your IT infrastructure needs, when you need them.
The concept of cloud computing is simple enough to grasp, but actually getting there isn’t always as easy as advertised. In order to successfully migrate to this limitless infrastructure, organizations need to consider aspects such as:
Existing data. Before a cloud migration commences, a company must identify what sets of data will be essential to the move. This part is critical in determining what will be needed from a vendor in terms of storage, bandwidth, and remote access
Business continuity. What happens if something goes wrong in moving to the cloud? A comprehensive business continuity plan should provide several answers to this question.
Cloud service provider. Some cloud vendors have thrived. Others have flopped out of existence. Finding a service provider you can depend on requires the utmost due diligence.
With everything from wireless networks to mobile devices to plan for, IT staffs are more challenged than ever. Rolling out a new operating system or server is yet another challenge stacked on the growing pile of responsibilities. In these moments when something has to give, managed service providers earn their money by supporting complex IT migration needs. Whether it’s working side-by-side with your team to deploy hundreds of new servers or simply overseeing your transition to the cloud through project management, the right partner will help you get there with fewer migraines.
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