New Year, New Server?
Setting Your Business’s Migration Process and Cost Expectation
Predicting the future is impossible, but preparing for it can be easy — and necessary. You may have protections against a major server failure, but do you have your next steps toward a new server ready?
It’s difficult to pinpoint how much it’s going to cost your company to migrate to a new system without actually doing it, but we can give you an idea based on our expertise. Below is an example of a single-server migration with medium-level switchover.
Be prepared this year, and plan for a server migration long before a system disaster occurs. Here’s what you can expect to get you started.
The Process 1. Audit — before we install a new server, it’s important for us to highlight the services your current server is providing and determine what it’s lacking. This will make the transition and setting goals for your new server a breeze. 2. Plan — together, we organize the server swap. This includes detailing what we learned in the audit. 3. Proposal — we gather all the information and set goals. Then we propose a plan. 4. Migration — this is the fun part. Once we plan a move, we actually do it! The new server is installed and configured in this step. 5. Troubleshooting — this is where all the kinks and issues are ironed out. Soon, you’ll be back to your normal but upgraded operations. 6. Documentation — we’ve arrived at the most important step. Your future self will thank you for documenting the process of transitioning to a new server. 7. Decommissioning — finally, we put your old server out of its misery. Old servers will remain on your premises months after a new one is installed, just in case we need to refer back to them.
Server Hardware: $5,300
• This would be for a simple server handling domain, file, print, and a single line of business application.
• This includes a decent Intel processor and 32 GB of RAM.
RAID 5 with three 2-TB hard drives.
Windows Server 2016 with 10 user licenses.
Server Migration: $3,200
This budget number is for a relatively simple environment with domain, file, print and a single line of business application for about 10 users.
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Brussels Sprout Hash
Inspired by Food Republic
4 cups Brussels sprouts, finely shredded
1 sprig fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper
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1/4 cup onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced
1. In a cast-iron skillet or large sauté pan, heat oil to medium. 2. Once simmering, add rosemary for 1 minute, then remove sprig. 3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add onion and garlic, and cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes. 4. Increase heat to medium-high, add Brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes. 5. Using a large spoon, create 4 wells for eggs. Pour 1 egg into each well and cook until set. 6. Carefully remove eggs and Brussels sprouts from pan and serve.
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