Term Paper: Website Migration Project

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Term Paper: Website Migration Project

Term Paper: Website Migration Project
Dimitri A. Brydie
Professor Jennifer Merritt
Systems Analysis and Development
December 18, 2013

Tony’s Chips has recently been acquired by a new independent company and the organization leaders have decided to move the current website, which is hosted externally, to an internal host. The company wants the website to be redesigned so that after migration, customers will then be able to make orders online. The company’s leadership would also like to have a disaster recovery solution in place in case the main site goes down. The overall objective of the project is to plan and design a new effective platform to host the website and to efficiently transfer
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When hosting a website internally, there also has to be employees that monitor and maintain the system. For those reasons, some companies choose alternatives such paying a third party, renting server space, or hiring external contractors to manage the site. Another major part of the planning process is to perform a cost benefit analysis to see if it is worth the company hosting the site on its own (Kneale 2008). The planning phase for the website migration is critical in the process because the tasks are established, timeframes to complete the project are set, the project costs are analyzed, and a team is built to complete the project. The planning phase will dictate how successful the project will be and it is of utmost importance that there are clear expectations set. In order to insure minimal downtime during migration, a schedule must be feasible and priorities must be set. As stated earlier, in order to move the website there must be a home for it, so website migration can be compared to moving from one house to another. The infrastructure is the hardware and software that will act as the new home for the website. Once the infrastructure is in place, the second phase can begin. Once a physical location and web server has been chosen, the web architecture can be chosen. The server is just a useless piece of hardware without a software package to make it operational. To the customer, the website is

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