It’s a cliché now to say that Big Data has outpaced much of our technology. We’ve all had a front row seat to the digital boom: the cloud, the Internet of Things (IOT) and smart devices have flooded us in a sea of information that just keeps growing. Is this data valuable? Sure, some of it. By gathering and analyzing this information, leaders can turn numbers into insights that help their organizations compete at a higher level.
But most migration options haven’t kept up. It’s getting tougher and more expensive to both store all this data and move it as needed. Business moves fast these days. Data migration needs to accelerate as well.
Yet it hasn’t for most teams. Your typical manual data migration project extends for way too long, involves too many staff and often drags down application workloads. Taking systems offline eats up productivity and sales. And when things go awry – as they often do – you risk losing some of your most sensitive data.
The Cost of Traditional Migration
Consider all that goes into a typical migration workflow: there’s the discovery phase, involving a detailed data analysis and high-level design. Then your team needs to look at all the requirements involved, running mapping workshops and resolving those issues. Then the mapping and build phase starts and finally, the test migration suite. By the time you get to implementation and a go live date, your team has spent months, maybe more than a year, on the project.
Then there’s the cost factor. Your typical high-performance storage arrays can take millions out of your budget, though they only last 3 – 5 years. No doubt you try to predict your data growth so you can buy the correct amount of storage. But most likely your storage array will fill up anyhow, requiring you to move your data. Hiring an outside firm to handle the migration project will cost millions more.
Migrations themselves typically involve a variety of delays and headaches, like the application being taken down and the data moved to the new storage system, followed by testing and going back up. All in all, it’s an expensive long-term hassle that costs you valuable budget and squanders valuable productivity.
If all of this sounds too familiar to your team, you may think you don’t have another option. But you do. The latest advances in migration technologies offer you a world where you can move large amounts of data…
• without disruption or a drop in application performance
• from any proprietary storage array or vendor to any other
• using lower-cost IT staff, with only minimal supervision
• while the application is running
The direction in IT today is toward speed and simplification. If moving your data is still an expensive burden for you – whether you’re moving it short or long distances – and migrations involve too many tools and too many people, then it’s time to upgrade to a solution worthy of your organization. You won’t be able to keep up in a fast and agile marketplace until you do.