What is Data Migration?

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Data MigrationData Migration describes transferring data between storage types, formats or computer systems with as little change as possible. Due to acquisitions, relocation, or outgrowing a current system, companies find the need to migrate data. More than just a “lift and shift” approach, good  Data Migration catalyzes rethinking of Data Strategy and Data Architecture through:

  • Upgrading performance.
  • Removing the risks posed by unusable and inconsistent content.
  • Increasing the partnership between IT and business.
  • Rethinking and doing data processes.
  • Making data assets more usable for the organization.

The rise of using Serverless Computing or  Cloud Computing, has sparked a renewed interest in Data Migration.  Data Migration activities can be manual, automated or fielded out to a third-party vendor.

Other Definitions of Data Migration Include:

  • Process of translating data from one system to another when a company replaces the current computing system with a new one. (PharmaiQ)
  • The process of updating an application from a prior release to a newer release. (AutoDesk)
  • “Moving content from one place to another.” (Duncan Bradley, DATAVERSITY®)
  • “The migration of on-premise systems to the Public Cloud.” (Gartner)
  • When data is moved from one place to another. (Dynamics 365 Community, Microsoft)

Data Migration Case Studies Include:

  • A large sporting goods retailer who wanted to free-up on premises storage space.
  • A pharmacy replaces the current computing system with a new one.
  • A vendor has innovated and released new products or upgrades to help customers get an advantage.

Businesses Need Data Migration to Deal With:

  • Server or storage upgrades.
  • Equipment replacements or upgrades.
  • Website consolidation.
  • Server maintenance.
  • Data center relocations.
  • Redundancy to reduce the risk of failure.

 

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