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What You Need to Know Before You Begin Server Migration

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In today’s business domain, firms are under increasing pressure to deploy new IT to increase performance and boost ROI year on year.

Migrating to a new server can foundation a lasting response to these demands; among a number of time- and money-saving efficiencies, the shift promises faster loading speeds, increased security, scalability and better performance.

Server migration can be a complex process and is usually carried out manually, with administrators having full control over potential reconfigurations. Below, we outline some of the key considerations business owners should make if the journey is to be made with minimum disruption.

Create a plan

By considering the new server requirements first, the configuration can be established ready for the migration of the data from old to new units. A server support team can help you create a plan and will guide you through any data reformatting needed for the migration.

Before migrating, ensure you have enough disk space and processing power on the new server location, with a decent overhead of around 40 per cent included. Thorough planning and tracking of the deployment process will facilitate any server reconfiguration that needs to take place, and will help the process run more smoothly.

Representing a move forward from a single server, deployment of a server cluster may be the best choice if you want improved performance and simple, scalable architecture.

An experienced industry leader can help you with your migration to a new data centre, by helping you to select the most suitable, scalable and cost-effective solution for your business.


Data can be lost or become corrupted during server migration, so make sure that all critical information is fully backed up and secured until the process is completed. Streamline further by removing other unnecessary data stores, such as email accounts that are no longer being used.

Disruption is usually minimal if migrated data runs into a new server that employs a like management system, but data will need to be reformatted if different kinds of servers are involved. Whichever path is taken, a verification process should prove that data has been transferred successfully, and that it is fully available through the new active server.

During the migration, do not shut down the old server or terminate the old host account until you are sure that the new server is fully functioning.

The means to migrate

For complex business-grade migrations, it is advisable to seek the guidance of specialist support. While this may appear expensive, costs are guaranteed to be offset by the savings created by a long-term scalable solution.

If your shift does not involve a change of operating system or software, and is between shared web hosting providers, cPanel and Plesk are two control panels that can help you back up critical files and transfer them to the new server.  

IaaS/hosting providers

Through Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) firms can gain crucial insight from experts regarding the choice of new server architecture. Solutions from Dell EMC lead the way, enabling organisations to develop, deploy and scale quickly and cost-effectively.

By choosing a proven and reputable service provider such as Dell EMC, you can access a migration path to suit your budget and IT challenges with a solution that delivers specialist consultation, services and software in a financially manageable package.




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