Linux Migration Services
Do you have a crusty old Windows Server that nobody likes, but everyone needs? Or maybe you're still using FTP to send and receive files from your clients. Maybe you have bloated IT Systems that use way too much disk space than they should, are a pig to work on, are barely working.
What about your staff equipment fleet? (laptops/desktops/workstations) How many of them would benefit from migrating from Windows to Linux? Probably at least some of them would.
At LANified! we have found significant value in migrating ourselves, and our partners, to Linux systems wherever possible. We know that not everything can really be migrated, but if you're reading this then there's probably value in our Linux Migration Services for you.
Our Linux Migration Services aren't just about migrating to Linux from something non-Linux, it's also about migrating from one Linux distribution (for example, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE) to another Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu)! So if you have existing Linux systems that also would benefit from migrating to another Linux distribution, we do that too! (And we do it a lot)
We also look at Linux Migration holistically. As part of the conversation we prefer to explore & consider the functional needs as an important early aspect. This includes whether it makes sense to use On-Premise, Cloud, or Both.
For example, it is commonplace for many companies to use FTP Servers and FTP Applications (such as FileZilla) to send and receive files between themselves and customers, business partners, whomever. However FTP is an extremely insecure protocol, very clunky to work with, and relies on having an actual FTP application to interact with. We would instead explore nextCloud (running on Linux) to supersede FTP and provide a superior experience for everyone involved. With nextCloud (in this example) you no longer need a specialised application as you can upload/download the files within a browser, which is a very real improvement for your customers and business partners! The security is also substantially improved as you can leverage better encryption and other security aspects completely unavailable to FTP. And there's so much more benefit in this one example scenario too! Why are you even still running FTP?
There are many ways our Linux Migration Services can provide real value. Not just in cost improvements, but workflow improvements, reliability improvements, and so much more. Functionality and usability are always important, we don't want to do migrations that don't make sense.
If you're still reading this far then click below and let's have a conversation exploring how we can make your situation better with our Linux Migration Services.
Linux Migration Examples
Perhaps consider some of these example Linux Migrations.
(S)FTP to nextCloud - Files
Sending and receiving files of all sizes between you, your customers, and your partners, is pretty universal. But why are you still doing it the hard way with (S)FTP? Instead of using a clunky (S)FTP Client Application to send/receive files, migrate to nextCloud and use the very delicious web interface to drag and drop files and folders easily!
Which would your clients like more?:
- They need to install an FTP Client just to do business with you
- They can click a secure website link and use their browser of choice to do business with you
nextCloud offers so much more than just file sharing, but the value is very real, and let's be frank: nobody likes (S)FTP, nobody wants it. nextCloud will reduce your barrier to entry to do business with you, improve your security, improve the experience for you staff, and so much more.
Active Directory - Windows Server
Active Directory on Windows Server doesn't just cost licensing for Windows Server itself, you also need to buy Access Licenses. This cost adds up more and more over time, and becomes a treadmill. Maybe you only really use Active Directory for basic User Authentication? At that point it really does not make sense to even pay for Windows Server licensing, let alone the Access Licenses.
It's not for everyone, but there are plenty of legitimate cases where Samba Active Directory (running on Linux instead of Windows Server) makes a lot more sense than Windows Server Active Directory.
From a cost perspective, Samba Active Directory has ZERO licensing costs. That includes the Operating System, as well as Access Licenses. What if you could just create accounts, and scale up, without having to worry about licensing costs for those new users? Or not having to worry about licensing costs when your Windows Server stops receiving updates?
In addition to costing less for licensing ($0), Samba Active Directory (on Linux) also uses way less CPU, RAM, Disk. It is also faster for updates, rebooting, and so much more.
All the core things you probably care about are already there in Samba Active Directory. This includes GPOs, Domain Controller fail-over, RSAT integration, LDAP(S), and so much more. It doesn't do everything Windows Server Active Directory can, but it probably already does what you care about.
Sharepoint to Concrete CMS
Sharepoint is often sold as a universal intranet tool, but is it actually any good? In a lot of cases, it's absolute horrible. Sharepoint is slow, painful to administrate, obnoxious to actually modify content, the search capabilities often gives useless results, oh and it costs a whole lot of money too.
On-premise the costs are substantial. Windows Server licensing, Sharepoint software licensing itself, Access Licenses, MS SQL Licenses, huge capacity costs (CPU, RAM, Disk, etc), and that's before you even pay someone to implement and support it.
Cloud hosted Sharepoint you lose any sense of control over your infrastructure and feature sets. If the service goes down, you really can't do anything about it but sit and twiddle your thumbs (or maybe call and get angry at Microsoft). Plus if you're dealing with lots of files you're now uploading them and dowloading them across the internet, which is way slower than your local network.
Most of the time staff don't even like Sharepoint, they just put up with it because they are given no choice. Does it even really need absolutely all the features that Microsoft tries to stuff in it? No.
In contrast, with Concrete CMS (on Linux) you can have many intranet websites and pages that cost substantially less. There's no licensing costs for Concrete CMS (there are paid addons if you want them), it uses way less resources than Sharepoint and Windows Server, it works more reliably, is faster, and gives you way more flexibility in how you build your intranet websites. This includes an actually working search capability too.
We at LANified! use Concrete CMS exclusively to build our websites. This website you're reading right now was built with Concrete CMS, and that's the same for our main gaming website, and others!
Bitwarden/Vaultwarden - Passwords
Passwords stored in spreadsheets, written down on pieces of paper stuck under keyboards, attached to screens for everyone to see. There are countless bad habits and practices when it comes to passwords. These habits form from convenience and not having something that's better.
Bitwarden and the Vaultwarden variant enable top tier security for the passwords and accounts you care about. But in addition to all the lovely security fluff and details, the ecosystem actually is really convenience and nice to use!
Instead of having passswords and credentials stored in a spreadsheet on a single computer, use the web interface for Bitwarden/Vaultwarden, the desktop application options, the mobile application options, the browser plugins, or several other ways you can conveniently (and securely) add/edit/delete/use credentials across your whole organisation!
Alternatives like CyberArk have much higher costs, are more obnoxious to work with, have clunky access grant/revoke controls, and fewer modern features. Why even pay more when you get less with alternatives?
We could go on and on about the exhaustive security features, access control and organisation features, how great it is to use, that people actually LIKE using it, and more. But really if you've come this far, we probably should have a conversation.
Remote Access - RDP
Whether it's users accessing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), IT Staff remotely working on IT systems, or others, there are legitimate reasons to remotely access systems with a graphical interface. You could be using Citrix or an RDP client, but that can be costly and at times clunky.
By using Guacamole (on Linux) instead, you can securely access remote systems in your browser! This means you do not need a special RDP or Citrix client installed on your computer, and the traffic is more secure. Guacamole can even work with RDP, SSH, VNC, and other protocols behind the scenes, and you get a nice web interface that has all the features you really could want!
But wait, the licensing cost is... $0! How much does your Citrix and/or RDP farm cost you?
Guacamole cannot replace everything that Citrix and RDP ecosystems can do, but chances are it can save you a lot of money in areas you're over-spending, while increasing security along the way. And you may have even used Guacamole in some tools without realising it.
Windows Desktop to Linux Desktop
With so many tools now having web interfaces, there are far fewer reasons to even be running Windows on your computer. Whether it is a desktop, laptop, or workstation, Linux distrubitons such as Ubuntu have significant benefits over Windows.
Ubuntu Linux, for example, is worlds faster than Windows at booting, shutting down, applying updates, and pretty much doing anything else. Oh and Ubuntu Linux updates are so much more reliable than Windows Updates too!
Out of the box Ubuntu Linux is more secure than Windows, and viruses for Windows just don't work on Ubuntu Linux. By default your security posture will immediately improve just by migrating some of your staff from Windows to Ubuntu Linux on their staff computer.
Ubuntu Linux is also actually easier to use than Windows. Searching for files and applications is faster and more reliable than on Windows. Ubuntu Linux has ZERO adverts (Windows has so many adverts!). We have even helped many Senior Citizens happly and successfully migrate from Windows to Ubuntu Linux, and not one of them has wanted to switch back! Anyone who says Ubuntu Linux is harder than Windows has not actually tried Ubuntu Linux.
What's that, you want help managing a fleet of Ubuntu Linux or other Linux systems too? We can do that too.