Today, data migration means one of two things: migrating from physical hardware to the cloud or migrating from one cloud to another cloud. Owning your own physical data storage has become a nightmare given the heaps of data lying around the modern enterprise. Below are some tips to keep in mind when partnering with a data migration consulting firm.

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1. Minimize Downtime

First, for the modern enterprise not having access to your data can be catastrophic. A professional in data migration consulting can help mitigate the risk of downtime. To start, look at your internal metrics to identify a low point in data usage. For example, web retail firms generally don’t find many people poking around on their sites on Friday night. But don’t stop there, prepare for the worst. Make sure the preceding day is not a high traffic day. Sunday evening is also generally a low data usage time; but remember when your migration goes astray, you may have some seriously irritated customers or employees come Monday morning.

2. Consider a Disk-to-Disk Backup Before you Migrate

Second, it is always a good idea to have a fail safe. Many large firms commit long term data backup to tape. That is a good practice; but you may want to consider a disk-to-disk backup prior to your data migration. In a pinch, if it doesn’t look like the migration is going to go through in the time you need it to, switching back over to your old data system is easier if it is backed up on disk. Likely, your data migration consulting professional will confirm being able to “flip the switch” back over to your legacy system can save you from pulling your hair out during the release.

3. Use a Private Cloud

Third, cutting cost is tempting, and one way to do this is to use a public cloud rather than a private cloud. If you are a large company, and you have sensitive data, don’t do it! When you are doing your initial research on migrating to a cloud solution you will likely find a lot of information about the security risks of cloud. The topic is polarizing in the industry, either you love the idea or your hate it. But many of the security issues that the dissenters bring up come with public clouds. Meaning essentially, that you are sharing the cloud with other enterprises. Chances are you need the security of a private cloud.

4. Know Your Migration Vendor

Finally, it may seem obvious, but choose a vendor you can trust. Look for experience in the type of migration you are doing. Has the vendor completed a disk-to-cloud migration in the past? Was it successful? What issues arose? If they say there were no issues, turn around and run the other way; they are not being honest. Also, don’t take their word for it. If they are serious about data migration consulting, they will encourage you to reach out to past customers for references.