Faq About IT Migration

FAQ: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About IT Migration

As businesses increasingly consider migrating their IT infrastructure to the cloud, numerous questions arise regarding the process, benefits, challenges, and best practices of IT migration. Here, we provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions – FAQ about IT migration.
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FAQ About IT Migration

This articles maintain a list of Frequently asked questions about IT Migration projects.

What is IT migration?

IT migration is when a business moves its IT infrastructure, applications, data and workloads from on-premises environments to cloud-based platforms or between different cloud providers.

Why should companies move their IT infrastructure into the cloud?

The benefits of migrating IT infrastructure to the cloud are cost savings, scalability, agility, enhanced security and access to advanced technologies and services.

For a most comprehensive article, you can refer to this article : Benefits of Cloud Migration for IT Businesses

What are the different types of approaches for migrating an IT system?

There are various migration techniques for example lift-and-shift also known as rehosting, re-platforming which alternatively can be called lift-and-reshape and re-architecting sometimes referred to as rebuild. The level complexity offered by each method varies depending on what you want achieve with your organization goals or requirements.

Amazon AWS maintains an exhaustive list of migration strategies. This article is about migrating your legacy applications to the Cloud.

For recommandations about data migration between cloud providers, you can refer to this internal article Data migration best practices

What are the main challenges of IT migration?

During an IT project the most common difficulties encountered include but not limited to:

  • Compatibility problems between old systems and new ones being brought online.
  • Security concerns when sensitive information is being moved around or stored in different places.
  • Downtime i.e., how long business should be allowed stop functioning while everything is being transferred else risk losing important data forever
  • Opposition among staff towards embracing change. 
  • Challenges of migrating legacy applications.

How long does an IT migration typically take?

The period of an IT migration can take various amounts of time depending on certain factors like environment complexity size data and workloads chosen approaches for migration availability resources etc. Some may last several weeks while others some months or even longer.

What are some best practices for successful IT migration?

The key best practices to ensure a successful IT migration are:

  • Thorough planning and assessment
  • Clear objectives with timelines stakeholder engagement through communication
  • Risk identification
  • Management and contingency planning
  • Comprehensive testing 
  • Pre validation
  • Post support and optimization.


Additional best pratices are described in this article.

How do I choose the right cloud provider for my IT migration?

If you have time ,you can read the full version of How to choose the right partner for my IT migration

Below is the quick summary:

Some things you might want to think about before selecting your provider during cloud migration include:

  • Pricing models offered
  • Services security features available
  • Compliance regulations
  • Locations performance levels achieved 
  • Scalability potential 
  • Support provided

How can I ensure data security during the migration process?

To keep data safe during transit :

  • Encrypt all sensitive information within applications themselves
  • Use secure transfer protocols like TLS, SFTP insteadof non-encrypted ones 
  • Implement strong authorization mechanisms which restrict unauthorized access attempts.
  • Conduct frequent security audits such as vulnerability assessments, pen tests 
  • Ensure continued compliance with relevant regulations regarding protection of data, etc…

What are the costs associated with IT migration?

The costs of IT migration differ based on factors such as the size and complexity of the environment, chosen migration approach, pricing structure of selected cloud provider as well as any additional services or tools needed for migration. It is important to take into account both one-time migration cost and ongoing operational expenses.

 How can I measure the success of an IT migration?

Success of an IT migration can be measured against predefined objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs) including improved scalability, reduced costs, enhanced performance, increased security and user satisfaction. 

Regular monitoring, collection of feedback and post-migration reviews help in assessing success and identifying areas for improvement.

Where can I find Tools for my IT migration?

You can find a selection of IT Migration tools in our Top software selection pages. It provides a selection of the best software and tools based of the type of migration that you are envisaging.

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