MIGRATION CAN INVOLVE UPGRADING TO NEW HARDWARE, NEW SOFTWARE OR BOTH

Technology migration is the process of moving from the use of one operating environment to another operating environment. Migration can involve upgrading to new hardware, new software or both.

The migration process includes ensuring that:

  • The features of the new operating environment are exploited;
  • Old settings do not require changing; and
  • Current applications continue to work.

Companies can conduct small-scale migration projects that move only a single system, or they can engage a large-scale migration project that involve many systems, new applications or a redesigned network. There are different kinds of Technology Migrations:

 

Database and data migration

This is the migration of data from one kind of database to another kind of database. This usually requires converting the data into a common format that can be output from the old database and input into the new database. It can happen that the new database may be organized differently from the old one. Then it may be necessary to write a program that can process the migrating files.

Data migration is the transfer of data between data storage systems, data formats or computer systems. A data migration project is usually undertaken to replace or upgrade servers or storage equipment, for a website consolidation, to conduct server maintenance or to relocate a data centre.

Factors to consider in a data migration project include:

  • the amount of downtime required to complete the migration;
  • business risks due to technical compatibility issues;
  • data corruption;
  • application performance problems; and
  • data loss.

 

Application migration

This process involves moving an application program from one operating environment to another, such as the migration from an on-premises enterprise server to a cloud provider’s environment.

Application migration can be a complicated process due to the differences between the original and new environments. Elements such as operating systems, management tools, the networking architecture, the storage system and the virtual machine configuration can all differ from those in the environment where the application was developed or deployed.

 

Cloud migration

This is the process of moving data, applications or other business elements from an organization’s on-site computers to the cloud or moving them from one cloud environment to another. Like application migration, moving company data to a cloud service provider’s environment may require the use of middleware (software that connects network-based requests generated by a client to the back-end data the client is requesting, such as a cloud integration tool), to bridge any gaps between the cloud provider’s and the customer’s technologies.

Cloud-to-cloud migration projects are complicated because the data being moved is stored and managed remotely and controlled by external organizations that are often in more than one location. Special considerations must consequently be made relating to data privacy, interoperability, data and application portability, data integrity, business continuity, and security.

NBS Digital Technologies has partnered with leading industry software product experts such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and AWS which gives us the advantage to deploy an array of tools and products which are at our disposal to help define and map your processes and allow you to easily integrate and migrate into other platforms.

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