Benjamin Franklin thought planning was key to any project and this one quotation encapsulates our theme:
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”
Moving business-critical data and applications to the cloud quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively is a major commitment and needs plenty of time to carefully plan to avoid that failure. With more organisations executing a full-scale data migration to the cloud, the following points prompt us to think carefully about our own migration plan so we can prepare to succeed:
When to plan a migration
Think about your current cloud provider if you have one. Is it meeting your needs? When cloud storage found its way into the business world, many businesses were too quick to use it and soon realised it wasn’t the right solution for them, being unable to maintain a standard level of security. It’s important to understand that cloud infrastructure needs are changing, and companies are shifting from the public to the private/hybrid environment.
Will there be any downtime during the migration? For example, will there be a passive migration? This is where a large extract of data is taken at a given point in time (usually at night), loading it into the new environment, shutting off the old, loading any additional data and then turning on the new environment – all downtime! Or will it be the active migration? This is where there is a continuity synchronisation between old and new environments where both are live – downtime eliminated. All needs to be considered when deciding the right time to migrate.
Security is a serious matter when considering a migration to the cloud. Public cloud providers do offer standard security measures, but it can be difficult to use within the organisation’s infrastructure, and not all IT staff are competent enough to understand the full potential of the security measures that even a public cloud-based solution offers. Will a migration unnecessarily expose business-critical data? Not all migration tools keep security specifics intact to the degree required. It would be wise to get clear clarification from providers assisting with migration, such as transparent SLAs showing clearly where the vendor’s responsibility lays.
Choose your tools wisely
In today’s high paced IT trends, everybody is expanding or trying to expand, and this, in turn, lays more focus on data migration.
What do you need to look for when deciding on tools that are best suited for cloud data migration? After reviewing many of the 2020 hotlists, some key features would include the following:
- It supports homogeneous as well as heterogeneous migrations such as Oracle to Oracle (homogeneous) or Oracle to Microsoft SQL (heterogeneous) etc.
- It minimizes the application downtime to a remarkable extent.
- It facilitates the source database to remain fully operational throughout the migration activity.
- It is a very flexible tool and can migrate data among the most widely used commercial and open-source databases.
- It can be used for continuous data migrations due to its high availability.
Evaluate possible errors
Honestly evaluate what could go wrong. There is a tendency to be overly confident about the abilities of our exceptionally experienced team. Remember, cloud infrastructure is changing all the time, and scammers are finding new and ingenious ways of infiltrating business-critical data, so IT staff need to keep up to date.
Will the people who work on the migration plan be testing it throughout the whole process rather than just at the end? Serious problems could be uncovered by later-stage testers, which, by then, could be too late.
An honest evaluation is key to all the points mentioned above and companies should avoid making hurried decisions which restrict or even eliminate the need to plan a data migration.
So, re-quote: By preparing to plan, you prepare to succeed!
Open Minds H.A.S
Open Minds has been in the industry for more than two decades. We have been helping some of the biggest brands around the globe to store their data securely on cloud servers. We have been providing expert High Availability Solutions, and Disaster Recovery Plans to companies around the world. In this way, we have been helping a lot of companies in the uninterrupted and smooth functioning of their business.
If you wish to know more about how your organization can securely store data on cloud servers, get in touch with us using the contact form by clicking here.