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How to Smoothly Switch to a New Backup System.

by on April 28, 2010

Filefolders_server With so much new tech appearing every day, your old backup system may start to look like an old Toyota with 100,000 miles on it. Unlike dumping an old gas burner, though, moving to a new backup application can be much more challenging. Here are some things you should think about to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Sure, that new backup app may have a slicker interface. It may have better support for the latest hardware arriving in your data center. It may even simplify your job by replacing some standalone applications. Those heady benefits, however, may be offset by some headaches. For instance, new backup agents need to be tested. You have to confirm that they work with your existing applications without impacting their performance. And what if they don’t work with certain programs, how will you handle it? No matter how “easy to use” a new backup app claims it is, somehow professional services always seem to be needed to get it running smoothly.

When a new system is installed, it’s expected that some training may be necessary to learn it. What’s often ignored is the cost of deprogramming employees to stop working the way they’re used to working. The degree of resistance to the new system needs to be evaluated. If employees can’t be sold on a new backup app, it may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Even if your cost, compatibility and personnel questions are squared away, you’re still faced with what to do with the old backup data. If you can’t convert it to the new system, you could try restoring all of it, then backing it up on the new system. That sounds better in theory than it is in actuality. Restoring years of backup tapes and backing them up again will be, in most cases, cost prohibitive. Of course, you can keep the old backup application available for the life of your old tape library. But if you’re going to keep the old system around you have to ask yourself why you got the new system in the first place.

Of course, all this could be avoided by using our Archived Data Manager (ADM) to archive the previous applications backup catalogs. You’d still be able to access them, even without the original backup application. In fact, you can restore directly from ADM. But I don’t want this post to turn into a giant ad for ADM, so if you find migrating to a new backup system to be an issue, simply check out our site for more information.

I’m also curious, what is the main issue you face when looking to change backup systems? Is it a cost issue or a convenience issue (aka it’s easier to keep using what we have)?

One Comment
  1. It is better to backup data in the cloud. Cloud backup is safer, secure… And you can access your data anywhere, anytime.

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