Migrations are used to shift data or software from one device/system to another. Usually, migration occurs when operating systems become old or outdated and applications are no longer supported on them.
The purpose of migration for businesses is to keep their systems up to date, in turn, reducing their number of security flaws. Additionally, migration removes the need to buy new and expensive software or technology while safely transferring information across to better-supported systems.
Cloudhouse’s top 5 learnings
Through years of experience and completing 1000s of successful migrations, we wish to share with you 5 of our key takeaways:
1. It is actually very common for businesses to be aware that they are running on outdated systems, yet avoid updating them. This is because they believe it requires a lot of time and money to transfer their applications across to newer ones without losing any data. Another reason companies avoid migrating is due to incompatibility and believing that by converting to newer servers, some of their applications are at risk in incompatible environments.
3. Organisations that are aware they are using outdated software, are not entirely aware of the risks they are putting both their business and customers under. Avoiding migration can lead to a greater number of security patches, in turn, increasing the possibility of system breaches as the number of entry points for attackers is higher.
Less extreme issues can also arise from avoiding migration – for example, competition from other organisations that are more technologically advanced and are operating on newer systems. They have the advantage of working faster and safer, resulting in a better experience for their customers. Vulnerable systems are also more susceptible to breaking, leading to the expense of either fixing them or replacing them entirely.
4. Many organisations are not aware that they can seek help with their migrational needs, and if they are, they don’t realise that it doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. There is a common misconception that migrating legacy systems (those that are over a decade old) is risky and almost impossible – with many companies under the impression that they need to invest in new systems altogether.
5. As previously mentioned, through years of experience, Cloudhouse are professionals when it comes to migrating technology. We know the ins and outs of Windows and Citrix platforms and we continue to use our knowledge to efficiently and effectively assist businesses with their migrational needs. We know which applications will flag incompatibility and how to adjust them accordingly to that they work safely; creating more modern operating systems for organisations.
To find out how Cloudhouse can help you, contact us here.