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Archive Migrations – Key Considerations Before Migrating

Created: 17 Dec 2012 • Updated: 23 Jul 2014
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There Are Many Mysteries In Life –

What’s behind door number 2?  Is it a boy or a girl?  Will my archive migration be successful?

Archiving is a long-term commitment between a vendor and its customers.  If this relationship fails, as a customer, you are forced to look at new options and consider migrating to a new vendor.  Whether you are moving from one on-premise archive to another or going to the cloud, this process can appear daunting, however through the years we have watched customers go through the process successfully. Here are some best practices to consider before migrating.

Things to Consider Before Migrating:

  1. Be realistic.  Set reasonable time lines and budgets for completion of the project. It is also important to set expectations with key stakeholders from your storage, backup, IT operations, legal/eDiscovery and messaging teams.
  2. Maintain data integrity.  The migration process should migrate the original items, associated metadata and archive attributes such as legal hold. Integrity checking should be done during the migration itself and a process should be available to do  post-process integrity checking as well.
  3. Remember your reports. We often take reporting for granted.  During an archive migration, item level reporting is critical to maintain an audit trail for the data.  Migration status reporting is important to managing the project and for communicating with key stakeholders.
  4. Size the destination archive appropriately. It is critical to understand the amount and type of data that will be migrated (especially when it comes to journal archived data). Ensure the new archive environment is sized to handle both daily archiving and migration workloads.
  5. Don’t migrate it all. Over time, organizations can accumulate TBs or PBs worth of data – some is critical, some is not. Consider a solution that can help you migrate only what you need.
  6. Maintain data availability.  Provide end users access to archived content during and after the migration. Users such as legal teams will require access to archived content for discovery or hold requests. A migration should not cause disruption of access to the archive.  
  7. Choose the right migration partner. Migration solutions should support the version of the source environment and its unique archive content types.  As you evaluate vendors, make sure to select a migration partner that has experience with the archive you are using today. It is beneficial to involve a migration partner early in the planning phase.

Why Migrate to Symantec Archiving Solutions? 

Symantec provides your organization with the flexibility to deploy trusted and market-proven archiving solutions on-premise, in the cloud, or as a hybrid model, in order to best meet the immediate and long-term information management goals of your organization.  Over 25,000 customers currently use Symantec for their archive needs.

Symantec Technology Enabled Program

Symantec Technology Enabled Program (STEP) partners provide tools, services and migration expertise to help you migrate your data to Enterprise Vault or Enterprise Vault.cloud.  If you are considering an archive migration, I encourage you to engage with our migration partners to get more specific information on how they can help. 

Additional Resources

Learn more about the biggest trends in information archiving. View a copy of Gartner's 2012 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving to understand why Symantec has been a leader for 9 years running.

Symantec Enterprise Vault— The industry's most widely-deployed, on-premise enterprise archiving solution offers customers a central archive platform to optimize storage, enable retention and defensible deletion, and improve search and eDiscovery needs across Exchange and SharePoint, Domino, file servers, and additional content sources.  Also, for customers wanting to deploy Enterprise Vault on-premise but need monitoring, management, and support services, learn more about Symantec™ Managed Enterprise Vault Services.

Enterprise Vault.cloud— A cloud-based archiving service that helps organizations better store, manage, and discover business-critical information. Enterprise Vault.cloud securely and defensibly captures information in a single repository. It delivers a highly intuitive end user experience, with seamless access and rapid search functionality. Plus, the built-in collaborative discovery workflow provides legal teams with roles-based access to the archive, expediting the discovery process.

Email us at evquestions@symantec.com for additional information about how to migrate to Enterprise Vault and Enterprise Vault.cloud.