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Data Migration: Lessons Learned

If you read part 1, part 2, and part 3 of US Signal’s three-part blog series on data migration, you probably have a good understanding of what is involved in moving workloads to the cloud. As the 1968 hit by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell says, however, “there ain’t nothing like the real thing.” You can’t fully understand all the in’s and out’s of a data migration project until you’ve been through one. Even then, the “gotchas” and “where-did-that-come-from’s” will vary from project to project.

Data Migration: Part 1 - Moving to the Cloud

No one likes moving to a new home. It’s time consuming and labor intensive.  There’s the prep work, including finding the right place, getting the financing in order, transferring over utilities, etc. You’ll want to sort and pack things so they are easy to find, and label your boxes so they end up in the right place. In addition, there are probably things that you’d prefer to throw out rather than move. Then there’s the actual packing and, of course, the logistics involved in who will execute the actual move and when. That’s not to mention all the work required once you’re in your new home — from unpacking to re-assembling things.

Connect to the Cloud via Colocation

From flexibility and efficiency to cost savings and predictable operating costs, the benefits of the cloud are well documented. But when you decide to move to the cloud, what do you do with your existing hardware — particularly if you’ve made recent investments?  What about applications that have requirements that preclude them from moving to a cloud environment? The answer may be to use colocation in your journey to the cloud.   

What’s on CIOs’ 2017 Wish List?

Tis the season for wish lists, and even CIOs have theirs. According to many of the surveys conducted over the last year, things like a comprehensive data protection strategy and a layered security approach are likely to make the list. But beyond tangible products and services, here are three things we think will be on their lists for 2017 — and tips to help them get what they want.

Winterize Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Living and working in the Midwest, we know the winter months can be brutal. It’s cold, and it snows — sometimes a lot.  Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center have weighed in with their predictions for the year, including the expected role of La Nina. La Nina winters tend to feature above average snowfall around the Great Lakes and in the northern Rockies and below average snowfall in the mid-Atlantic.

Tis the Season for Holiday IT

It’s already here: holiday shopping season. While most people consider the “official” start as the day after Thanksgiving — Black Friday, followed by Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — almost half of all retail organizations started promotions by November 1.