Moving data within a cloud is easy - that’s what 40 Gigabit Ethernet is for - but getting that data there in the first place can prove tricky. How tough the process is depends on several factors, including the amount of data to be moved and how much time is available to move it.
One approach which data migration admins might consider is to move the data manually across a network, but it's a time-consuming process and even when the bandwidth is 1 Gbps pipe, the best-case scenario is that it will take a little more than two hours to transmit 1 TB of data. To move 1 PB would take nearly three months.
To help decrease transmission time, some Cloud Service providers offer a Data Seeding option in which a disk drive or other appliance is physically sent to the customer who then backs up data locally and ships the disk drive back to the provider. The customer’s data is then copied to provider’s servers, ‘seeding’ the customer’s initial full migration (or backup). Once this process has been accomplished, future backups are incremental, and the customer’s servers only back up blocks of data that have changed since the initial seed was completed.
Having the power and flexibility to migrate just the data of an application across platforms, across clouds and across OS versions without having to carry out a full migration means you can focus your efforts and network bandwidth on only those elements of your migration that are truly needed. This, in turn, gives you a much greater likelihood of meeting your cutover deadline.
Transferring a sizable amount of data to the cloud can take days, weeks or even years. RiverMeadow’s Data Only Migration capability supports Data Seeding to give you the best of both worlds: upload large data volumes to the cloud as a ‘one-off’ – and update your dynamic data in real time.
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Our methodology is proven and tested over hundreds of successful migration projects with many leading global brands, resellers, and service providers. Our business model, processes and methodology are based on success based pricing and entitlements. If you are looking for a one-stop-shop partner to deliver outstanding results from your cloud transformation in hours and days, not weeks and months, talk to our Cloud Migration Experts today.