Almost all modern businesses rely on networks to store and organize important company data. Networks are interconnected systems that allow businesses to centralize and share their important information. This means that employees can access the data from various locations, increasing flexibility and productivity throughout the workplace. While there are many advantages to using a network in business, it is important to remember that networks themselves are also finite. Therefore, most businesses will be faced with the issue of performing a network migration at some point, which requires the right approach and the right support in order to be successful.
All networks have a limited data storage and transfer capacity, depending on the nature of the network. Network migrations, therefore, involves transferring the data and programs from an old network to a new network. This migration can be in an effort to start using a totally new network, but it can also include extending the current network with an add-on system. While a network migration may be necessary in some cases, it comes with its share of potential pitfalls for which businesses need to be prepared.
When you may need a Network Migration
There are a variety of reasons why a business would need to perform a network migration. In some cases, the network may be overtaxed with excess data. As businesses grow, this can be a common problem. A network that was satisfactory several years ago may no longer be able to keep with additional employees and bandwidth requirements. An overloaded network will be slow and prone to errors. Additionally, maintaining such a network may not be feasible once the business runs out of IP addresses within the IP scheme. When this occurs, migrating to a new network is the only option to ensure peak performance and functionality.
Other external business factors may necessitate a network migration. When a business wants to switch Internet service providers, it is often necessary to change the network as well. Moreover, businesses have to migrate networks during any type of physical move or expansion to allow for access from new office spaces. Similarly, businesses may need to update their web or email servers, like when up grading to Office 365 for example. This process will affect network access, requiring specialized attention. Adding VOIP (Voice over internet protocol) to a network almost always demands a network retro-fit or upgrade.
Network migrations may also be required for reorganizational issues within the business. In order to make data easy to find on the network, businesses may wish to create VLAN networks to allow for further internal organization. In these cases, the data is still stored on the same network but the VLAN provides additional organizational tools that enhance speed and security.
Clearly, a network migration is a complicated process. During the process, data may be vulnerable to be lost or corrupted. This relates to the overall network integrity, which can be compromised and difficult to recover. Therefore, it is essential to migrate to a new network as fast and efficiently as possible in order to minimize downtime and prevent data loss.
Although migrations may be unavoidable sometimes, the network problems that arise from the transfer can be mitigated with proper support. The expert team at H&D Tech is well versed in all network issues, and they can help any migration go faster and smoother. While excellent disaster planning can minimize any potential issues, H&D Tech also provides thorough documentation to ensure that businesses face no down time even if the network should go offline during the process.
When you need a new network, be sure to trust the experience of H&D Tech to get the job done.