Migration Projects

Migration Projects

Has your software reached end-of-life or is on its way out? Perhaps your business is growing and you need to expand your systems to cope with change? Maybe you are moving your data and systems offsite and into the Cloud?

What happens next? You start a migration project.

Why would you want a migration project?

The reasons for a migration project are many. Highlighted below are some common scenarios why you might need a migration project to satisfy the task or problem at hand.

Your software or apps are being phased out

You’ve discovered the power of The Cloud

New software that better suits your business

General upgrades & tidying up your server

Application and Software Migration

If you have to upgrade your gear, Dolphin Networks can help you through the process. We have fleshed out several instances of Workspace and SharePoint migrations below, that outline the steps of a migration process.

Migration from local server to the cloud

1. Migrate to the Cloud

 

There is a myriad of reasons why many companies have been driven to migrate to the cloud. Dolphin Networks has experience with these kinds of processes and our specialists work to make it seamless and most optimized. To achieve this, our steps are the following:

A)  Create a new environment

A new environment will be set up on the cloud. Often times, the client will want a cleanup of their existing site. In these cases, we map it to a new sitemap that filters out duplicate and unneeded files or libraries, trimming the content.

B)  Migrating the content

Once the new sitemap is created, we use migration utilities and software to transfer the data into the new site.

2. Migrate & Update your SharePoint

SharePoint server 2010 is on extended support, this means that Microsoft is only releasing security upgrades but it has stopped delivering other sorts of upgrades and new features. Unfortunately Microsoft will completely end support for this version of SharePoint on October of 2020, so if your business is currently running this version you might want to start thinking about upgrading the system.

Moving forward, we will be describing step-by-step a migration project of the sort – Scenario: Your business owns SharePoint 2010 and you need to migrate to a newer version.

A) Configure the new environment

When migrating a system, you need to transfer all the data to the next release of that software, in this case, from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 and then to SharePoint 2016. Before this transfer takes place, it is best to make sure that the SharePoint version you will upgrade to will run successfully on the operating system and that it is a version newer enough to avoid having to upgrade the OS in the near future.

 

B) Prepare for unexpected situations

There is more to migrations in practice, that there is on theory. You would need to do a dummy migration to test everything is going to work well, schedule down time with your users whilst the migration is happening, perform full backups and have a roll back strategy in case something goes wrong.

 

C) Plan out the schedule

Most of these instances, the company will still rely on the software while the migration is taking place. It needs to be scheduled with work hours in mind, for the company to have a comfortable sit through the process.

The bigger the data load, and the bigger the reliance of the company on the system generally means the bigger the project scope and resources that you would need to complete a successful project.

3. Server Migrations

There are two instances of server migration that are in the interests of most businesses. The first one would be general upgrades of the server and the environment. The second one would encompass an Azure and MySQL managed instance – migrating your server to the Azure cloud.

Upgrading your server

To upgrade your server to the latest version (or to escape end-of-life), there are several steps to follow:

A) New Windows server environment with the latest MySQL server version. After these two are set up, transfer the data from it’s original container onto the next. Unfortunately, these steps have to be taken because MySQL doesn’t support updating an old instance of it’s servers into a newer version.
B) Server maintenance. After the above has taken place, the database needs to be managed and taken care of, maintained and checked for regular updates.

Avoid Server Maintenance costs by moving to the cloud

An Azure Managed Instance is a database management engine in Azure that, while being costly, cuts all the costs of having to constantly manage a database.
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Security is ensured

Benefits include Advanced Thread Protection, data encryption, isolated environment, and more.

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Stop Worrying about backups

Azure Cloud offers automated backups so you don’t have to keep track of it

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High Availability

Your server will be running 99.99% of the time.

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PaaS benefits

Automatic patching, server upgrades, you don’t have to purchase new hardware

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