Using the cloud for data storage can be convenient and cost-effective. However, it's also helpful to keep data stored on your own hard drivers or servers. This makes it so that many companies end up needing to migrate data between a cloud program and their own servers or hard drives.
The following are six mistakes to avoid when migrating your data between the cloud and your own servers.
Failing to inspect the files you're migrating
Files need to be inspected to make sure that there are not issues like unsupported characters that could create problems during migration. It's also important to look into issues with file permissions during inspections to make sure that your own security policies won't cause problems during migration.
Neglecting to synchronize email accounts
Another important task is synchronizing email accounts so that migrated data can be transitioned seamlessly between them.
Look into using an active directory synchronization tool that can do this simply and conveniently. As part of synchronizing email accounts, you'll need to make sure that your company's mail exchange record is pointing toward your cloud account. This will ensure that mail gets delivered properly to email accounts on your own servers.
Having no list prepared of impacted devices
Data migration is going to impact many different devices at your company's facility. It's important to make a list of all the devices that will be impacted and look into the feasibility of migrating data between all these diverse devices before your migration even starts.
Overlooking compliance requirements that are expected of your company
Depending on what industry you're in, you might have to comply with certain requirements when migrating sensitive company data or sensitive data from your customers. Review compliance requirements for your industry that are pertinent to data migration before you get started.
Being unaware of the various migration path options
There are numerous migration paths that you can use for your migration needs. You need to be aware of what these migration paths are and how they work to choose the best option for your situation. Three potential migration paths to understand are cutover, staged, and hybrid migration.
Not performing enough testing periodically during the migration
It's important to test at every stage of migration to make sure that the process is moving forward smoothly. The three main phases between which you need to test include initial data migration, email migration, and application trials.
For more information, contact a company like BSC Solutions Group Ltd.