Each successive iteration of SharePoint Server outperforms its predecessors in aspects such as features, functionality, interface, storage capabilities, and performance. Transitioning to the latest version can be achieved through two distinct approaches: an Upgrade or a Migration. Nevertheless, users often grapple with the decision between opting for an Upgrade or utilizing the SharePoint to SharePoint Migrator, unsure of the most suitable choice.
When discussing the concept of an upgrade, it refers to the process of advancing the existing SharePoint system to the next accessible version. This migration might entail moving data from either a SharePoint Server or another data source to a SharePoint Server.
To help you choose between upgrade and migration, we have created a comparison table of the situations suitable for both. Have a look!
Ideal Conditions for
|No requirement of taxonomy/architecture modification
|Taxonomy/architecture needs to be redesigned
|The existing version is 2010 or higher
|The existing version is 2003 or one of the earlier versions
|Need to shift to the next higher version
|A movement to more than one higher version is required
|Content is well-distributed
|Content is not well-distributed
|Folder structures are not shallow
|Folder structures are quite shallow
|Site Template includes Team Site, Records Center, Document Center
|Custom Site Template used for document repository site collection
Note: If the user desire to move from the existing SharePoint Server version to SharePoint Online, then only the migration option would help.
The above table will clear your doubts and help you to make a good decision regarding the migration or upgrade. Let us discuss the points more.
SharePoint users can use any of the two options based on their current business or personal requirements. Still, the migration option has the upper hand and is popular with Microsoft SharePoint Server users. However, manual migrations are complex, lengthy, and always indirect. All these make this process almost infeasible.
However, there’s no need to despair, as we offer a solution that ensures a seamless, fast, and effortless transition between various SharePoint versions or SharePoint Online – introducing Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. This tool excels in efficiently migrating data from the file system to SharePoint Server or SharePoint Online, enabling you to transfer specific SharePoint Sites, Subsites, Lists, Documents, items, and more, all while preserving permissions. What sets this advanced SharePoint Migration tool apart is its compatibility with all SharePoint Server versions and SharePoint Online plans. To gain insight into the software’s functionalities and features, users can explore the free demo version available on our website.
We’ve explored the essential considerations when undertaking an upgrade or migration within the existing SharePoint environment. While manual migrations between different SharePoint versions have their limitations, it’s advisable for users to employ a proficient and secure SharePoint migration tool to streamline the process.