Cloud Data Migration: Five Tips to Try at the Office

Posted 11/28/2017 by Penny Gralewski

Many IT professionals want to start a cloud data migration project but are not sure how to get going. If you take just one first project, you will learn how data, workloads and applications can be properly protected in cloud storage. With each project, you’ll gain more insight that will help you develop a broader, more in depth cloud data migration project.

This month at the Commvault GO 2017 conference, we had conversations with data professionals who are at different stages of their cloud journey.

  • One customer completed data migration to public clouds in just over four months and recently closed their data center
  • Some customers reported they are well on their way to moving significant amounts of data to the cloud
  • Another IT manager said his manufacturing firm had migrated some data to the cloud, but was not sure what he will migrate next
  • One storage administrator shared that her financial services company might not go to the cloud due to executive thinking

In the Commvault GO session “Leading Change: Making the Cloud Culture Shift in Your Organization,” we shared ideas to help organizations move forward with cloud data management projects. No matter where you are on the journey, here are five tips to help speed your cloud data migration plans:

5 tips for advancing cloud data migration projects

  1. Start one cloud data backup or archive project. Talk with your team about a pilot project. What data set will you be able to use as a test set for your first cloud project? If you’ve started your cloud project, this might be a good time to talk with your team about a schedule for continued data migration. Plan which applications, data sets, virtual machines and workloads should move to cloud storage – and at what time.
  2. Use the cloud storage you already have. Did your organization receive cloud credits as part of a larger agreement? Are you using all of those credits? As you plan your initial cloud data migration project – or expand what you’re doing in cloud today – look into cloud storage you might already own.
  3. Brainstorm how to overcome the Business-IT communication chasm. Have conversations with your IT leadership teams about key company initiatives that can help you to align business unit goals with IT’s requirements for data protection. How can IT be your organization’s leader for data management, including applying the right policies to data? Who on the business teams can be an IT partner to help share the need for good governance?
  4. Initiate one cloud conversation. Is your marketing department loading customer data into a new SaaS application? Has HR purchased a subscription to an online tool to manage recruiting? Is IT managing data backups for those applications? Start one conversation with a group who may need help with proper data management.
  5. Ask finance who is purchasing cloud storage or SaaS applications. Since it’s easy to purchase cloud storage with a credit card, other parts of your organization may own cloud storage. Have a conversation with your finance team about consolidating your cloud purchases. Stress the importance of data protection for any data already in the cloud.

Cloud storage can be a fast, flexible option for the backup and recovery of applications and databases – but only if IT is aware these applications are in use. Ask finance to join your data protection initiative and alert you to new cloud storage or application purchases.

Start a cloud data migration discussion today

Which of these techniques can you take on this week? Pick a date and time on your calendar, schedule a meeting with your team, finance or marketing. Start the cloud data migration discussions.

Learn more about Commvault's cloud data management solutions to see what you can be doing for cloud data migration.

Penny Gralewski is the solutions marketing lead for all things cloud data management related – especially how to move, manage and use data across on-premises and cloud storage locations.