• By Sidra Jabeen
  • Last updated: December 20, 2023
  • 3 minute read

Data Migration Services 101

This article explains what data migration is, the different types of data migration, risks and challenges of data migration faced by organizations!

As the amount of data is growing fast, most leading organizations are shifting towards cloud-based storage solutions. This requires migrating terabytes of data from one location to another. Why? There are a variety of reasons.

Data migration is required to move your ever-expanding data to scalable storage solutions with cost-friendly storage expansion options and automated management capabilities with robust digital mechanisms.

All this while also eliminating the security concerns of many organizations.
Data migration of large storage seems an easy process, but it is difficult, risky and requires professional services.

Whether you are migrating your data from on-premises to a commercial / government cloud or changing your cloud storage provider, whatever the scenario may be, you will need to look for a secure, reliable, fast and cost-effective way of data migration.

It would be even better if you could find a solution that smoothens data ingestion and related content management processes for you!

This article explains the different types of data migration, the risks and challenges of an organization's storage migration, and the best practices an organization must consider to facilitate smooth and efficient data migration processes.

Before diving deeper into storage migration, let’s quickly go over the definition of data migration and its types!

What is Data Migration?

In simple words, data migration refers to transferring data from one storage system to another, one format to another or one application to another.

As every organization is involved in any form of data migration, they are very much concerned about security and data loss during this process.

This is the beauty of the modern age to facilitate organizations with various innovative technologies, but on the other hand, it poses significant risks and challenges.

Yes, it provides benefits, but it is risky, on the other hand!

Here the question arises, then what is the purpose of data migration if it is risky?

Businesses grow as technology advances; therefore, different organizations are continuously involved in migrating between different platforms and applications to meet the demands and requirements of the present age.

On top of that, if organizations need to extend the storage capacity and wish to perform various functions smartly within the same platforms, then they migrate their data to centralized platforms, where they can store and manage their data easily and securely.

Types of Data Migration

There are different types of data migration which are as follows:

  • Storage Migration

  • Application Migration

  • Cloud Migration

  • Database Migration

Storage Migration

This type of migration involves the migration of data from one storage system to another, such as from local storage devices to the cloud.

This offers more cost-effective scaling, faster performance and high-priority data management features such as backup and disaster recovery.

Application Migration

This type of migration is usually required when an organization needs to switch from one vendor application to another.

However, this is a complex process as the operating system, virtual machine configuration, and management tools of every application are different.

Cloud Migration

Cloud migration deals with either moving data or your application from on-premises data centers to the cloud environment or moving it from one cloud to another.
In both cases, it is linked to storage migration. It is the most common and fastest-growing type of data migration these days.

Migrating large volumes of data to the cloud is not a piece of cake. In fact, multiple factors such as data backup, networking, security and compliance administrations must be considered in parallel.

Database Migration

Database migration is the most specialized type of data migration, and it involves the transference of the database and its elements.

It is important to ensure that your database and its content remain secure throughout the migration process with zero data loss and minimal downtime.

Frequently, the term data migration is used interchangeably with data integration. But both are two different terms. Here is the difference between these two:

Data Migration Vs Data Integration

As already discussed, data migration is the process of complete transference of data from one source to another. Conversely, data integration is the process of merging data from different sources to make it available as a unified view for the users.

Risks and Challenges of Data Migration

This is essential to keep the risks and challenges of data migration in mind. For this reason, you need to overcome those challenges and implement best practices for seamless and efficient outcomes.
Here are some of the challenges that organizations can face while migrating their data to another location:

  • Data can be lost or hacked during the process.

  • Maximum downtime.

  • The process of migration is taking longer time than expected time frame.

  • Data is not encrypted.

  • Highest cost charges for long-term migration processes.

Research study about data migration by Gartner

Source: Gartner

VIDIZMO and Data Migration Services

VIDIZMO is one of the leading providers of enterprise video management and digital evidence management solutions where you can store your heaps of data and manage it securely and efficiently without any fear of data breaches or data loss.

With 20 years of experience in the market, VIDIZMO offers flexible deployment options through which you can host your data in Azure datacenters or AWS; whether you choose to deploy on the cloud (Government/Private) or in the hybrid environment, it entirely facilitates you in this process.

You can securely migrate your data with minimal downtime and cost-effective methods. With VIDIZMO, you can migrate your data through system APIs or integrate with a variety of tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and SharePoint to transfer data and upload it on the portal with ease.

VIDIZMO’s Customer Support Team ensures seamless data migration processes by providing professional services to the customer whenever in need.

Are you interested to know more about VIDIZMO?

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Posted by Sidra Jabeen

Sidra is a Senior Product Marketing Strategist at VIDIZMO. Sidra is actively involved in Research. An expert in Digital Evidence Management System Technologies. For Queries, you can email at websales@vidizmo.com

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