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New infrastructure for web servers more reliable and 3rd party application or solution to migrate sites

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I have a client who recently ran into some issues where all Web servers were hacked, and now the client is looking to migrate the sites residing on those servers to a more secure stable platform

Also key to note is that the a few of the sites have been built of Adobe Coldfusion platform which was provided by company. I just wonder if we can acquire a 3rd party software in order to install and configure it as well, or get third party resources to complete this task. .

Current infrastructure

There are two web servers and two MySQL servers used to host the contents of these websites. The websites are split between these servers.

The specifications for the web servers are

OS: MS Windows 2003 SP2
Mirrored C:\ for OS and application installation 72GB
Mirrored D:\ for website file storage 146GB
RAM: 3GB
2 CPU: Dual core Intel Xeon 3.20GHz
The specifications for the database servers are

OS: MS Windows 2003 SP2
Mirrored C:\ for OS and application installation 72GB
Mirrored D:\ for database file storage 146GB
RAM: 1GB
1 CPU: Dual core Intel Xeon 3.20GHz

Request

Proposed a new infrastructure for the web servers more robust, secure, reliable and with latest OS and updates

A solution that allows the company to be the master host platform , and provide a safe, secure and scalable environment for customers.

Each of the customer sites should have the capability of doing any specific modifications as necessary to their particular site

Migrate the content for the sites to a new secure platform

Evaluate different 3 party software that can be used to migrate all these sites specially for the ones that have been built of Adobe Coldfusion

Can ayone please provide some inputs, different options to meet client's expectations?

Any third party software that can be used to migrate sites build on AdobeColdfusion to Microsoft Websites ?
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Question by:Jerry Seinfield
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I just wrote an extremely long answer to this, but the question was deleted while I was writing. So, my reply was lost.

So, here's the short version:

Your client has essentially said: "Please re-build my entire system from scratch and migrate it to a modern (different) platform while you're at it."

You need to find out if they have the emotional and fiscal budget to completely re-write this.

If not, then your best option is to upgrade the Windows box to a modern version of Windows and do the same for ColdFusion.

If they do, you need to pick the platform first.

By this comment, "Any third party software that can be used to migrate sites build on AdobeColdfusion to Microsoft Websites ? ", I am guessing you are not a developer. There is no way to "auto convert" a web application between languages. There's no such thing as "Microsoft Websites". I am assuming you mean ASP or .NET.

So, you'd need to get a developer involved if you're going to migrate away from ColdFusion. If they site is very active (to the point where it needs upgraded infrastructure), you need to get an architect involved to help you figure out if the database should be on its own server, if you need load balancing, etc...
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by:Jerry Seinfield
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Michael

Could you please post the long version of your answer?

It would be highly appreciated if you or someone else can provide a full feedback
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by:DrDamnit
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Get the answer to my question from the client first.

Do they really want to sirens the money to completely rebuild / rewrite?
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