A server migration is the term used to describe copying or moving complete data from one server to another, as well as configuring that target server to replace the previous one. Server migrations in the context of web hosting might revolve around setting up web server and database software, copying websites and their configurations, and changing DNS to direct visitors to that new server.
Server migrations may need to happen for a number of reasons. Organizations may migrate to:
Migrations should be handled with utmost care. You could sink hours of time, effort, and money into a migration only to find yourself onto the wrong server solution, or worse, with downtime and profit loss. It takes considerable planning and forethought to migrate your data onto an optimized server that is right for you. After all, on-average downtime can cost an enterprise $686,000 an hour, so your organization’s success absolutely depends on a successful migration.