How to Protect Business Continuity When Migrating to a New OS

As new technologies and software continue to emerge onto the business scene, as recently well documented at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, ensuring business continuity while moving to new operating software should remain top of mind for all organizations. And according to a recent article published by, not doing so could result in serious consequences.

“An unintended consequence of a fascination with the new and shiny is that many functions and operations — functions and operations that might be directly affected by the move to a new platform — are left to fend for themselves,” according to IT Migration Zone Executive Editor Curtis Franklin Jr. “When the victim of this benign neglect is a critical function, such as backup or disaster recovery, the impact on the organization can be severe.”

But what about the Windows 8 OS, and how does moving to this new OS affect organizations and their clients? According to Franklin, most of the executives he’s talked with are planning to use a migration to Windows 8 “as an opportunity to radically rethink the mix of client hardware in the organization.”

He added in his article that a Windows 8 migration is also being treated as a method to speed up moving away from office-centric systems to mobile-optimized systems. “Here’s where your migration choices can have real repercussions in how data is backed up, and how the fleet of client devices is used in a disaster recovery scenario,” Franklin said.

These same factors can be applied to other operating systems as well. But he advises that organizations should remember during any moves to back up sensitive data. Franklin also advised companies to think about what would happen with their mobile devices if a domain controller goes down and stays down for a period of time. They should have secondary controllers in place with “automatic failover.”

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