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The High Cost of Free Migration Tools

Companies must consider the cost of failed migrations, downtime due to inadequate tools, work hours and the prospect of future migrations.

The rapid rate of cloud adoption has led to a proliferation of free tools for getting data into the cloud without having to make any additional investments. But what many users have discovered is that free tools carry hidden costs and can make migrations even more of a burden.

Not Scalable

Modern IT encompasses a range of applications, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. To migrate all that data onto a new platform using free tools requires a separate one for each platform. Performing migrations one at a time, capturing just the data (not the entire server), a large project could take months and consume additional internal resources.

Not Compliant

Free tools use snapshotting technology to replicate data. The interval between each snapshot represents potential data loss. Businesses with critical servers and applications, especially in regulated industries, require zero or near-zero data loss that free tools are not able to provide.

Not Testable

Free tools allow you to manually test a machine once the snapshot has been created. But it’s still just a snapshot. There’s no option for testing a real-time version in the cloud. So, there’s no way of knowing if you’ve accounted for all dependencies until the actual cutover.

About Carbonite DoubleTake Move

Carbonite DoubleTake Move is a purpose-built migration tool that protects business agility. It lets businesses perform any-to-any data migration with minimal human intervention and zero risk of data loss. Move replicates the entire server so everything can talk like it used to. At cutover, it automates turning the target machine into the production machine. Move talks to the DNS servers, updates records and automatically redirects to the new server. It’s like taking the hard drive out of one computer and putting it into another.

Carbonite DoubleTake Move:

  • Automated, real-time, byte-level replication
  • End-to-end testing with full reporting
  • Byte-level replication eliminates the risk of data loss
  • Full support for regulatory compliance

When you consider the cost of failed migrations, downtime due to inadequate tools, work hours and the prospect of future migrations, it’s clear that your clients are better off with Carbonite DoubleTake Move than with any of the “free” tools currently on the market.

Not a Carbonite Partner?

With EVault and DoubleTake from Carbonite, partners have access to backup, disaster recovery, high availability and migration solutions to protect the full spectrum of customer environments. Giving your customers a range of solutions enriches revenue opportunities and ensures you support 100% of their environment while still working with a single data protection vendor.

Learn more about EVault and DoubleTake from Carbonite and become a partner today.

Jon Whitlock is vice president of channel sales and marketing at Carbonite, a provider of cloud and hybrid data protection solutions for small-to-midsize businesses.

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