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The Hidden Costs of Data Migration, Part II: Corruption, Loss & Impact on IT

In my previous post, I talked about the data migration process, and why it often takes so much more time than anticipated. These unexpected delays create a number of problems for IT and the business as a whole.

Yet time is only part of the problem. These vendor-driven data migration projects force companies to take on a whole set of potentially expensive and damaging risks, including:

  1. Opportunity Cost IT’s reputation within the business is dictated by how consistently they deliver on their pre-established strategic initiatives. IT has benchmarks to hit, and a complex data migration project hampers IT’s ability to deliver on the kind of initiatives that add value to the business, whether that’s improving efficiency, empowering end users or enhancing agility.
  2. Data Corruption – Any time you move data from one place to another – physical or virtual – you open yourself up to the risk of corruption.
  3. Data Loss – Some companies need to migrate 100s or even 1000s of file shares. It’s easy to miss a handful here or there, and if that’s the case, and you can’t access the backups, then once you wipe the old array, this data is gone.
  4. Shadow IT – As understaffed IT teams are forced to deal with infrastructure problem, they can’t necessarily meet all day-to-day the demands of the business. End users, departments and different lines of business start to look outside IT to solve their problems.

“These vendor-driven data migration projects force companies to take on a whole set of potentially expensive and damaging risks.”

The shame here is that IT is incurring these risks and costs just to keep the lights on. The new array isn’t making the business more agile or efficient. It’s not helping end users access their files in more places or share them across geographies. Yet if something goes wrong, a migration project can cost an IT professional his or her job. All for an infrastructure change that is completely unnecessary.

In the era of cloud storage, companies shouldn’t have to worry about repeated data migrations. When I talk to enterprise IT professionals, one of my first points is that Nasuni Enterprise File Services is the last migration they will ever have to go through.

There is no refresh cycle. Instead, our enterprise customers upgrade to an immutable global file system that scales in the cloud. This eliminates the real and hidden costs associated with repeated data migrations. But it also makes IT’s job easier. Nasuni allows IT to control the entire storage environment through a single-pane-of-glass management console. This enhanced control and simplicity allows IT to focus on strategic projects that drive the business forward and increase IT’s value within the enterprise.