With the approaching end of support for Windows Server 2003/R2, CIOs are pressured to come up with viable migration solutions for their line of business (LOB) applications. There are clear benefits associated with upgrading to a newer Windows option, including virtualization, standardization, enhanced features and capabilities, cloud platforms, etc. However, migrating your entire environment can be costly and time consuming.
If you think you don't have the budget for a migration, consider the costs associated with running your IT on unsupported software solutions, not to mention the risks of an unsecured IP.
In a recent IDC whitepaper, the research firm looked at migration options for businesses currently using Windows Server 2003/R2 and developed the following six considerations to help plan for a successful migration:
- Determine your migration goals. Are they attainable? What is your ideal end state?
- Inventory your environment. What workloads need to be migrated? For help, use the Microsoft Planning Assistant.
- Parse your inventory list. Which workloads can be replaced with an off premise service? Which can be displaced using standard services? Can any be replaced with an OS service? Divvy your applications into these four categories: minimal migration effort, moderate work, substantial investment, or no longer needed.
- Consider your destination options. Many CIOs use the "virtualize first" strategy for internal applications and as a transitional tool. Cloud solutions, such as Office 365, can also be viable destinations for apps.
- Determine migration risks. Once you've factored the risks associated with migration, take necessary steps to mitigate them to ensure they stay running should any issues arise.
- If you don't need it, leave it. Determine the applications that are no longer necessary and do not worry about migrating them. Use your migration as an opportunity to clean up your directory.
Pinnacle, An Advanced Imaging Solutions Company, can help organizations with their planning and migration initiatives. Don't think of it as a "lift and shift", consider it an opportunity to modernize your current infrastructure and take your technology to the next level.
To help you prepare, Pinnacle is hosting an event on March 10, 2015 from 11:30am - 1:30pm at the ND Innovation Center in South Bend to discuss migration options and how you can achieve a successful transition with minimal interruption.
A successful migration can benefit your entire technology stack and offer the biggest return on investment. Turn your IT into a cost enabler, not a cost inhibitor. Contact us today to learn more.