What are the reasons for data migration?
Replacement of proprietary hardware silos
Limitations and disadvantages of proprietary archiving solutions often result in data migrations to a future-proof and efficient archiving platform. A disadvantage of outdated archiving systems is, amongst others, that companies are tied to a specific vendor (hardware lock-in) when using these solutions. This can cause high costs – e.g. if every new hardware generation requires new licenses or if unused storage capacities must be licensed. The effect: A migration to a hardware-independent archiving solution is sought, which guarantees higher flexibility, reduced operational expenditure and the protection of business investments.
Technological advances during the retention period
Legal and internal compliance regulations define specific retention periods for many types of business data, which can amount to several decades in some cases. These retention periods require multiple migrations of existing data as storage technologies constantly evolve over time and result in replacements of outdated archiving hardware. To keep costs during the retention period as low as possible, data must be moved to cheaper storage solutions from time to time. This causes data migration projects to ensure compliance with legal and internal regulations for a long period of time and allow to keep pace with technological advances.
Companies mergers and spin-offs
When it comes to company mergers, corporate takeovers or spin-offs, data often needs to be prepared and merged. This applies for archived data too. For instance, mergers can cause movements of the archived data to new companies, storage systems or technologies. Also, mergers may be the reason for implementing a unified data archiving by centralized shared IT services which in turn results in migration projects.