Migrating Applications from Windows to Linux/Unix (or vice versa)

Open Technology Solutions offers a complete solution of migrating from Windows to Linux including:

  • Migration process planning your server farm.
  • Replace MS Exchange with Open, Secure Linux based Mail Server.
  • Automated migration scripts for your specific need.
  • Anti-virus / Anti-spam & Malware solutions
  • Specific migration and deployment details for all relevant technologies.

The proliferation of security, stability issues and the high cost of user-licenses in Windows make the necessity of Windows to Linux Migration. More and more, small, medium, and even large businesses are migrating from Microsoft products. Many of them are even ridding themselves of Microsoft completely. If you were to ask those IT departments why, they’ll give you a number of different reasons. According to Forrester Research, 70% of companies in North America consider lowering overall operating costs a top priority, and they consider Windows to Linux Migration as the first step. If you’re planning a Windows to Linux migration, it’s important to consider how factors like platform-specific and -independent apps and source-ported apps will affect your future.

 

Since Linux becoming more & more like Windows in terms of user friendliness, migration will hardly feel to your end users. We at OTS guarantees smooth Windows to Linux transition, including users training with setting up DHCP, DNS, NTP, Directory Services, Authentication Services, File Services, Print Services, Email and Messaging Services, Groupware and Calendaring Services, Web Services and Desktop Migration.

When Microsoft started to insist on the Metro/Modern UI in Windows 8 and Server 2012, many sysadmins were not happy about it. Yes, you can still pull up cmd.exe in Server 2012. But it takes more steps, and it’s not intuitive to launch the command line in the new GUI. And for many of the functions sysadmins and network admins would do in a GUI, many find it now takes them longer, even after they’ve become very familiar with Metro/Modern, its “hot corners”, and keyboard shortcuts.

 

Sure, Windows 7 and Server 2008 and earlier use GUIs we’ve become accustomed to, which are more intuitive, and not optimised for touchscreen. But at some point, Microsoft is going to stop supporting those OSes.

 

Software as a service

For other services, such as email and productivity, Microsoft is now starting a big push for SaaS (software as a service). Businesses typically would prefer to be able to buy software outright, because it’s more convenient and saves them money in the long run.

So, if you’re ready to take the plunge, we’ll walk you through the process of migrating your office from Windows to Linux in a quick and easy fashion that has a minimal effect on operations.

Cost

Another motivating factor for many businesses is expense. Microsoft product licensing fees vary greatly according to which software packages are purchased, and for how many clients and servers. But the Linux-based alternatives to Microsoft products, from OSes, to servers, to productivity applications and more, are often completely free of charge, and legally so.

 

As of this writing, the most popular Linux distro in the server room, Red Hat, is still free of charge for the OS installs. Red Hat makes their money mainly with commercial client support. But when businesses use Red Hat and pay them for support, they still find it’s much more affordable than the equivalent in software licenses from Microsoft. There are also several training options available.

 

Fewer reboots

And the money saved goes beyond sticker prices. Linux-based OSes seldom need rebooting during patching, or other procedures. Microsoft OSes usually need rebooting to apply updates and system changes. A lot less rebooting means a lot less downtime, and in business, time is money.

 

Stability

IT professionals with extensive experience with both Microsoft products and Linux can vouch for how Linux computing is a lot more stable. There are a lot of reasons for that. But a major one is the structure of their respective file systems.

 

No fragmentation

Each new version of NTFS fragments less than previous versions. Still, the default file systems used in the Linux world, such as ext4, rearrange file fragments dynamically. So, fragmentation is pretty much unheard of.

 

When I run a defrag on a Windows client or server, even in the latest OSes with impressive hardware specs, I always leave the machines to defrag before I generate any further user input. I’ve learned from experience that if I try to do anything with those machines, beyond interfacing with daemons that use very little memory and few CPU cycles, I’m going to be very frustrated with the speed, to say the least.

 

So, using file systems that don’t require defragmentation also saves a lot of time. And time is money!