With the advent of cloud storage solutions and services, such as O365 ODFB, Google Drive, Dropbox, and BOX, all enterprises, irrespective of its size, want to leverage their benefits. Key advantages include unlimited storage, seamless external collaboration and co-authoring, data synchronization, data privacy, and instant access to data anytime, anywhere.
The Migration Challenge
Enterprises globally face the arduous task of managing data, handling data compliance, enabling data searchability, and extracting insights from data stored in disparate content management applications including network attached storage (NAS) spaces and solutions. With the advent of SaaS and cloud-based platforms, and availability of unconstrained cloud storage solutions consolidating data on a single platform has become an uphill task.
Additionally, organizations are more concerned with a plethora of aspects like data security, data privacy, network security, data management, governance, authority, lockout, data integrity when it comes to moving data to a cloud platform. Ensuring a good user experience is the key here. Factors like data security, data integrity, network security, data management, and data privacy are especially more important for the highly regulated finance, defense, healthcare, power, and government sectors.
Organizations have varying data types but the same storage methods.
Most enterprises store their data on local file share, nas storage, desktops, laptops, or handheld devices. While it’s easier to derive data from ‘file share’ by assigning the ‘migration admin’ to migrate the ‘centralized file share data’. But it becomes challenging to ensure successful data migration when the data resides in end-user devices.
Also, end users never realize to differentiate personal and organizational data. This is evident from the fact that most users use the same device for both official and personal work. The modern workforce doesn’t segregate data due to hectic schedules, responsibilities, and time constraints. Since both official and personal data collocate together, only end users know which data they want to use for an official purpose.
Data Privacy is another challenge which organizations encounter while deciding for data migration. This is because the legal, sales, R&D, and other such departments don’t want anyone to have direct access to cloud data. Depending on the type of data involved, the consequences of data security breaches include destruction or corruption of databases and thus low data integrity culminating to poor data management in future, leaking of confidential information, bad user experience and theft of intellectual property and regulatory requirements.
As per marketwatch.com, the cloud data migration market is growing at the rate of around 24% CAGR rising from 1.9 billion USD in 2016 to 8.6 billion USD by 2023.
What is MigPress?
The name MigPress comes from ‘Migration + Express’
HCL identified the above-mentioned challenges and developed MigPress, a tool, which consolidates disparate data sources residing in various locations.
The MigPress tool helps in data assessment, data synchronization, rationalization, and disposition. It helps in content sanitization of on-premise SAAS data, and then delivers clean content on cloud repositories.
MigPress has capabilities to enable users to assess and to migrate data all by themselves when they have sensitive data. Additionally, this tool can be implemented in a centrally controlled mode by the administrator too.
Such a robust data migration tool helps an organization bring its data together. It works on aggregating the data spread across devices platforms and applications like file servers, user PC’s, cloud drives, and other cloud storage solutions. In other words, irrespective of where data resides – whether it is on end the user’s laptop, file share, NAS or cloud platform – the MigPress tool ensures seamless data migration.
MigPress can consolidate the data on a single platform with the principles of reuse, rationalization, and radicalization.
It empowers users to select the right data which needs to be taken to a cloud platform. In addition to the user’s choice, data even gets streamed based on organizational rules like the age of data file, file type, file versions, file size, file type, and so on. This works as an opportunity for enterprises to perform data sanctity and house cleaning for spurious data that has been there for ages but was never been looked upon!
This empowers enterprises to conduct data assessment, data structuring, data labeling, and deploy an information architecture on unlabeled data or unidentified data while maintaining data privacy.
It is worth mentioning here that data labeling helps achieve long-term objectives. For instance, when an organization needs to define its business continuity management (BCM) or business continuity planning (BCP) processes, they need to identify which data is critical to their business.
The MigPress tool also facilitates data compliance, data privacy, and data segregation into the public, private, and confidential categories.
It bolsters data migration with express speed and guarantees data security. Data at rest and motion always remain encrypted. Data migration, through small, swift iterations, and Blob storage speeds up the migration process.
Thus, it is not wrong to say that ‘Data is not just the new oil but new intellect as well.’
To know more or for further details on our offerings, write to us at ITO@hcl.com.