Typically IT has to perform a data migration from an old storage system to a new one every few years. The old system has either come off of maintenance, is out of capacity, or can’t deliver the performance the organization needs. The myth is that the migration is an all or nothing move – that all the data has to move from the old system to the new system in one fell swoop.
In this StorageShort, Storage Switzerland and Primary Data discuss the fallacy of the “All or Nothing” myth.
The problem is most IT planners look at migration as a utility, something that is done once, rather than a strategy – something that is continuous. When migration becomes a strategy, the data is something that flows instead of migrates.
Buying a new system doesn’t mean IT needs to migrate all the data to the new system, instead it should just move the data that is appropriate for it. For example, if an organization buys an all-flash array, why move data that has not been accessed in the last three years only to have it sit idle on expensive flash storage? Instead, why not only move the data that users are accessing or at least have been accessing in the last few weeks?
The challenge with only moving the most active data is knowing what that active data is and presenting a unified view of all the data to the application and users regardless of what storage system it is on. In our on demand webinar, we discuss how to break out of data migration gridlock and move into data flow. Register now and end your migration headaches.