Migrating data during an Exchange server upgrade can be a tricky and disruptive process, fraught with risk, and an increasing number of organisations are looking to move from their existing email platform. Making the right choices can ensure a relatively swift and smooth transition.
What do Businesses Need from a Migration
Switching from existing email platforms to the latest version of Exchange – either on-premises or cloud-based – is a common challenge facing thousands of organisations worldwide. They are keen to embrace new features, garner more control over their email, and improve efficiency, but the migration process is not without risk. Businesses need to be able to make the right choice while simultaneously sustaining continuous service.
Exchange Migration – Technical Challenges
Aside from the risk of unplanned downtime and hardware failure, the need to transfer mountains of email data is the most significant risk. Exchange migration and migrating data is a time-consuming, costly and onerous project at the best of times – but the loss of critical data is every IT department’s worst nightmare.
Unfortunately, growth of email over the last few years means more migrations than not require large scale movement of data, and the added complexity that comes with storing that data in multiple locations and repositories adds to the risk of failure, whilst considerably slowing down the migration process. It is no surprise, then, to find that it is not uncommon for data migration projects to fail. It can be a disruptive process, with a naturally increased risk of critical data loss and/or corruption, and requires meticulous management to minimize those risks.
No two data migrations are ever the same, with organisations needs varying from one to the other. However, moving data without disruption,and implementing security and continuity solutions should be achievable goals for all businesses.
The key is to be truly ‘migration-ready’ and, these days, that may well mean moving all that email data to a single, unified cloud solution prior to setting off on the Exchange migration journey. Once the data is in the cloud, there is no need to transfer email data as part of any server upgrade, so you’re always migration-ready. Combine that with a little expert help planning and delivering a smooth core Exchange migration and the whole process suddenly looks a far less risky proposition.
Two vendors currently forming a successful strategic partnership, offering an effective, unified migration solution, are Mimecast and Binary Tree. Together they provide an ideal solution to the migration challenges faced by businesses, helping them to minimize risk, reduce costs and to ultimately ensure a trouble-free migration.
Jim Lucey, Exchange Director at Microsoft, explains why this alliance is so effective:
As Mimecast’s own research shows, the rate at which our Exchange customer base is upgrading its systems is picking up pace, and we welcome any initiative that eases concerns and makes the migration path smoother for customers. Mimecast and Binary Tree both have exemplary track records in supporting businesses as they migrate to Microsoft’s latest Exchange platforms – on premise and cloud – and this collaboration between the two organizations is great news for companies with plans to migrate over the coming months.
So are you an Exchange administrator? What is your tips for the smooth and easy migration of Exchange 2010? Share your views in comments section.