The information landscape has been constantly evolving and so have solutions around the management of the same. We must keep progressing but the first thought that comes to our mind is the long journey we must endure, i.e. “Do I need to go down this road again?”. There is a strong reason Insentra run our business like a train and you can read more about our ‘Train Story’ here. Well, you do not have to drive alone through this journey anymore, just hop onboard our train and we will get you there.
The most common question with data migration is “How long would this take to migrate?” and I have seen many service providers come up with very attractive proposals. However, the most ignored detail to this question is the rationale behind migrating ‘x’ TB of data in ‘n’ amount of time. We at Insentra believe in honesty and refrain from promising something we cannot deliver. Our approach is a strong blend of values like Trust, Accountability, Service Excellence and most importantly, a proven process behind the way we do migrations as outlined below.
We do provide suggestive timelines around how fast a migration can be performed but our rationale is based on our experience delivering similar migrations and feasibility of replicating our best practices in your environment. The ‘Validation’ phase of an engagement is when we test the migration, fix issues, address bottlenecks and gain an exact insight into how effectively we can get you through this journey. However, just like a handshake this involves collaboration with you and our synergy is an important key here.
Why choose Insentra for your migration requirements?
Some service providers consider an aggressive migration approach which starts with a PoC and then moves directly into the production migration. In most cases this approach results in a lot of known unknows, i.e. surprises that were not anticipated. The worst cases I have heard about involved having to redo the entire migration (in some cases more than twice), causing a lot of frustration and financial impact to the customer. We strongly believe in our migration approach which has ensured consistent success for our customers and Insentra. Below is an outline of few key deliverables at various phases:
|Establish||Migration Plan||We invest a reasonable amount of time in assessing your environment and innovating a customized approach for the migration. This deliverable outlines the customized migration plan that we have devised for an engagement.|
|Gather||Reconciliation report||This report is a comparison of the data that we have gathered vs the data in your source environment. In other words, this report is evidence that ‘we see what you see’ in your source environment. In case of any anomalies, we invest effort for addressing the same.|
|Validate||Validation summary||This report outlines the results of the testing performed in the validation phase. In case any issues/bottlenecks are identified, we work with the customer to address the same, thus ensuring that we have a seamless migration.|
|Migrate||Migration report||This report outlines a comparison of data in the source vs data migrated to the target, thus providing clear visibility around the migration success.|
|Assurance||Assurance report||We review all the migrated data to ensure that A Chain of Custody (CoC) and data integrity have been maintained as per the project requirements.|
In summary, rushing into a migration project may leave the impression that the project can be delivered quickly but it does not essentially translate into that. Instead, we believe in investing a reasonable amount of time in the initial phases, thus ensuring that we can deliver quality in the migration phase which is the longest part of an engagement. The train starts slow but runs really fast.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A Consultant within our Migration, Archiving and Security practice, Denis is responsible for the technical design, implementation and optimization of various market leading solutions. He holds 15 years of experience, and brings broad knowledge and expertise in Migration, Microsoft, Veritas and Symantec technologies.
A perfect blend of experience in multiple avenues, with a passion for solving problems positions Denis as a great consultant. He has a proven track record of service delivery, with a wide range of global customers across industry sectors like Government, Telecom, Infrastructure, Retail, Banking, Oil & Gas etc. In his day to day work, Denis provides advice, develops and designs Migration, Archiving and Security solutions for clients to address their business requirements.
Prior to joining Insentra, Denis consulted for several professional services providers in India, UAE, USA & UK implementing multiple solutions across the globe and spent a significant amount of time leading consulting delivery projects.
Denis has a young family, enjoys a fair balance between work and play, and loves solving problems that make a difference in the everyday lives of customers. He likes to tag himself as ‘Solution provider for unsolved challenges..’