What Is Data Migration?

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Data Migration

Data 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)
  • “The migration of on-premise systems to the public cloud.” (Gartner)
  • When data is moved from one place to another. ( 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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