A successful migration from Windows 2003 begins with taking a complete inventory of all connected instances, applications (whether Microsoft, custom, or third party), workloads, databases, and dependencies. Identifying, and then assessing their value/necessity, enables companies to create a well-organized project plan that not only makes efficient use of time and resources, but also safeguards adherence to compliance and security requirements.
Once you have a complete inventory of everything running on Windows 2003, it’s time to evaluate and organize. Migration is the perfect time to “de-clutter.” First, determine what is:
a) critical to your business,
b) not critical, but still necessary,
c) being used by a small number of staff and can be eliminated,
d) and finally, what is simply outdated, unused clutter.
First, unplug everything from categories c. and d.
Now, focus on a. and b. Evaluate by asking these questions.
- Which apps can be virtualized?
Virtualization can transform your apps into centrally managed services that don’t conflict with other applications, providing access to critical business applications that are fast, flexible, and reliable.
- Which apps can be moved to the cloud?
Cloud computing is often a more cost-efficient alternative that eliminates heavy-duty servers, but utilize hyper-security with sensitive data and conduct testing to ensure that apps perform well in the cloud. Choosing the right appsto move to the cloud is as essential as management.
- Which apps can be mobilized?
Where applicable, mobilization yields significant ROI by improving the agility of your business and empowering your employees to conduct business in real time by providing information whenever and wherever they need it.
- Which apps need to be upgraded?
Sometimes updated versions have simply been overlooked.
- Which apps don’t have an update available and will require testing and/or rewriting?
When updated versions aren’t available, migration at least demands pretesting and may even require new or rewritten apps to make a smooth migration.
- Which apps were developed in-house – and need unique handling?
Keep communication channels open with development teams. The sooner they know your objectives and timetable, the more effective they can be in evaluating and adjusting applications to ensure a timely and smooth migration.
- How many databases are attached to each app?
- Which apps are most at-risk?
By establishing an accurate inventory, and then categorizing, evaluating, and consolidating and/or eliminating where appropriate before migration, you can set the stage, not only for a smooth migration, but also to ultimately cut cost and operate your business at a much higher level of efficiency.
Contact Cynergies Solutions today. We focus on what’s important to you. We will help your company attain a smooth and efficient Windows Server 2003 Migration by matching your company with talented IT professionals who fit seamlessly with your team and your goals.