Why You Don’t Want to Rush the Migration of Legacy Archive Data

Everybody’s hopping on the cloud bandwagon. Data from Gartner, Inc., estimates the global market for public cloud services will increase 18% percent in 2017 to $246.8 billion. And a lot of that will be spent on cloud data archiving.

You don’t want to be left in the dust. It’s tempting to hit the gas to switch archiving platforms ASAP and take advantage of cloud scale and agility, simplified pricing, and other benefits. But going too fast is risky.

You can set your Day One and activate your solution immediately, but the need for speed stops there. Tap the brakes before you migrate your data archive to the cloud.

Why? Slow and steady definitely wins this race, so take the time to:

  1. Work Out Technical Details. The time you “save” by jumping right in is far, far outweighed by the amount of time you’ll sink if your migration doesn’t go smoothly. That’s why the smart money is on taking the time to work out the technical details of your migration – everything from how much data to carry over and how to batch it, to projecting long-term needs, like number of users, regulatory changes and ease of updating before you migrate everything over to your new archive data solution. Also, take the time to understand compliance guidelines related to the data you’re putting in the archive. This is critical in healthcare organizations, where HIPAA and other regulations strictly govern how data can be handled. Create a migration plan that focuses on careful data management and better user experience. For more on this, download our
  2. Take Time for Proper Execution. Before you go whole-hog and move the entire archive over, do a test migration to make sure the process works without corrupting or losing data, that translation is accurate and that data normalization is correct. Then move small segments into the archive and verify that it’s safe and sound. Run a chain of custody report, too. Be mindful not to rush to migrate another batch, as that might spark a corruption of the first batch, or fail to make the move at all. Staging migration is the smart approach to ensure the bulk of your data gets where it’s going without incident. It's also the best way to create stronger data assurance.

Harness the energy of your excitement about a new cloud archiving solution into a deliberate planning and testing process. That’s the fastest way to reduce risk, improve performance and experience the benefits of the cloud.

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