Cloud Migration Still Has More to Transfer
Posted November 12, 2021
Written by John Shea III, Xpanxion Technical Writer
In the movie “Dune” you will hear, “The spice must flow.” Like the spice, the data must flow also. But something is preventing it.
96% of Data not Moved Yet?
A recent LinkedIn poll done by Xpanxion shows that 42% believe there is 96% of data left to transfer to the cloud. So, with only 4% done, that leaves open the chance to expand data centers and create more data farms to accommodate the yottabytes out there. (The progression in multiples of 1,000 is Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte, Petabyte, Exabyte, Zettabyte, and finally Yottabyte. By the time you get to Yotta, the largest amount designated by the Standards Institute (SI), that’s a Lottabytes, pun intended.) Scary thought: If you follow this line of thinking, by the time we get to Yottabytes, nearly 100% filled, do we then have a MATRIX-like society? We still have a long way to go before Neo makes his appearance. Enough cinematic references. If you’re worried that might happen, there’s a way around that with hybrid solutions. Hybrid solutions let you keep sensitive data out of such scenarios and still allow data sharing in your private cloud. Xpanxion has partnered with Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft ‘s Azure to help businesses offload their data and transfer it to the cloud. Xpanxion can assist with ensuring the security of that data.
How is the data transferred?
Actually, it’s more transformed rather than transferred. A direct one-to-one transfer or “lift-and-shift” as it’s sometimes called can be near impossible unless the cloud has compatible systems (hardware and software) within it. More likely the data will be upgraded to the new equipment as it’s transferred, and older incompatible data is removed. The equipment and data left behind after the transfer can then be sunsetted or have end-of-life protocols implemented. With hybrid solutions you keep some of the data on your legacy equipment so it can’t be compromised by being in the cloud. However, one problem is the continued maintenance of the legacy equipment.
What gets transferred? What do we mean by “the data”?
Data is any information stored in files on your or your company’s computers, phones, tablets, servers, and other devices. That information can be facts and statistics collected for reference or analysis. Cloud storage stashes the data on hardware servers in a remote physical location, accessible from any device through the internet. You can send files to a data server maintained by a cloud provider instead of storing it on your own hard drives.
Is there a reason why people think only 4% is transferred? What’s holding things up? Reluctance? Insecurity? Not enough servers to hold the data?
How do companies feel about this? Any ideas?
Most organizations running business-critical software are reluctant to consider a cloud migration because they assume it will require more work and a higher level of risk than they are comfortable with. They prefer their legacy equipment and don’t want to change.
Even if the cloud provider can handle sensitive data, some IT executives are still reluctant. They might have started their move with less critical operations but wait to make more changes until they’re more comfortable with how secure their data is.
Doing so would probably require organizational changes. It would mean disrupting the IT department, maybe firing some and hiring others.
Some companies still approach the cloud with caution. They’re unsure about other people, possibly in other countries, handling their data. Will the new foreign folks be compliant with rules and regulations of the home country?
However, sooner or later, they will have to move to the cloud to be competitive and up-to-date. Xpanxion can allay some of those fears by providing solutions that are comprehensive and secure.
What can be done to make data transfers faster?
Use streaming transfers which let you stream data to and from your cloud account without the data first being saved to a file. Do streaming uploads for data whose final size you don’t know at the start of the upload. This can be done from a process or compressing an object randomly. Streaming can also be used to download data from the cloud into a process.
When can we expect this to be fixed?
That depends on how and when you do the data transfer
You can move data in groups or all at once. To be successful, you need to plan and run a fully comprehensive study that sets the migration goals, has a planning timeline, predicts the obstacles and challenges, and defines when the transfer is done.
Where is the “cloud”?
The “cloud” is actually many data centers, and in those data centers are dedicated servers and storage units all in vast warehouses in an area full of warehouses. Once there, the data is usually copied and stored in several different places to protect it in case of natural disasters like floods and hurricanes when the power might go out. It’s standard procedure to do this to safeguard all the data the data center is responsible for. You could consider the cloud the ultimate back-up. The cloud service providers are responsible for keeping the servers up and running, and to keep your data safe from hacking and physical destruction. The data should always be accessible, anytime you want it. These data centers need to run cooling systems to keep the electronics from over-heating. They need at least one backup generator if the power goes out.
So the cloud can be located anywhere. It doesn’t matter where as long as the data can be accessed anytime through the internet. If the internet goes down, that’s a different problem. The data is safe; you just can’t get to it.
When polled about what concerns people have about cloud migration, the following were the results:
By far, the most concerns are with data security and cost.
There is a lot to consider when migrating to the cloud: assessment, planning, cost, upgrades, personnel changes, training, execution, who you partner with, etc. Finding the right solution can be difficult. Often, companies will need someone to guide them through the process.
That’s where Xpanxion can help. We’ve guided many companies over the hurdles and through the hoops to a better future with the cloud. Let us help you.
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