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5 Reasons to Prioritize Data Modernization During Your Migration

By: Ernest Sampera on June 25, 2021

Today’s organizations depend heavily upon data to drive their business objectives. Without the right information about market conditions, user preferences, or technology trends, they could quickly fall behind the competition or make a decision that exposes them to substantial risk. Remarkably, many companies are still managing their data on legacy systems that are fragmented across multiple departmental silos and built atop unreliable infrastructure. As these companies work to implement data modernization plans, the robust connectivity and stability of colocation data centers will be an increasingly appealing option.

What is Data Modernization?

Data modernization refers to the process of transitioning various data assets away from fragmented and inefficient legacy IT systems to modern cloud-based or hybrid environments that combine cutting edge server technology with direct on-ramps to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers. For many organizations, this transition is a costly and difficult one because they lack the necessary infrastructure to support these networks. Most companies simply can’t afford the expense of building a new data center, and their existing on-premises solutions are too inefficient to handle the high-density server cabinets that modern applications require.

By migrating their existing technology stack into a colocation data center, however, organizations can execute a data modernization strategy without crippling their budget. Since the migration process requires extensive preparation on the part of IT managers and their departments, it’s the perfect time to make data modernization a priority. 

5 Reasons to Prioritize Data Modernization During Your Migration

1. Better Visibility

Organizations understandably spend a lot of time thinking about data security. Lost or compromised data can be tremendously costly, both in financial and reputational terms. Unfortunately, for all the emphasis on security, many companies don’t have a good sense of where their sensitive data is actually stored. In fact, a 2017 study by Forrester found that only 38 percent knew where their sensitive structured data and unstructured data were located. Organizations with complex legacy infrastructure and outdated database architecture often find it difficult to locate information when they need it most, which can have critical compliance implications as well as cost them valuable business opportunities.

A data center migration is the perfect time to conduct a thorough audit of where sensitive and essential information is located. Since all assets need to be catalogued for the transition, taking the time to assess how data is flowing through that infrastructure can help IT managers evaluate how that data should be managed in a new environment. Many organizations have gone through multiple data management regimes over the years, so migration presents an opportunity to establish a new approach for determining where data is stored in its modernized environment to make finding it easier in the future.

2. Heightened Access Control

Understanding where data is located is one of the most important factors in determining who has access to it. When data is spread across a multitude of legacy systems, it can be difficult to manage how that data is being used because the applications accessing it may not have consistent security controls. More importantly, IT administrators may not even realize that sensitive data is stored in an environment that lacks the proper safeguards.

A key priority of any data modernization effort is to ensure that confidential assets and sensitive data are subject to rigorous controls that prevent unauthorized access. Rather than simply storing everything on local servers, data can be placed in a variety of locations, including cloud environments that utilize zero-trust network architecture. Migrating technology from an outdated on-premises solution into a well-connected data center environment allows IT managers to rethink how information is accessed and identify who should be permitted to do so. A colocation facility also makes it easier to manage physical access to data by limiting who is permitted to step through the front door. 

3. Improved Flexibility

In order for data to be useful to an organization, the right applications need to be able to access it. When data cannot be shared easily across a network or between different systems, it takes longer to analyze and process information. Legacy systems that were never designed to communicate with one another routinely encounter this problem. Employees are often forced to physically transfer data between systems, which creates a variety of security risks and also could result in the duplication or loss of data.

Transitioning to a state-of-the-art data center allows organizations to either replace their legacy systems or “lift and shift” them into a more flexible environment. Whether they’re using direct cloud on-ramps to build a hybrid cloud architecture for their infrastructure or integrating their existing data with new inputs coming from an edge computing network, a data center migration allows IT managers to build a versatile framework that ensures they’re maximizing the potential of their available data.

4. Control Costs

Organizations frequently view legacy infrastructure as something they’ve already paid for and are hesitant to invest in new technology. Unfortunately, those legacy deployments could be costing them as much as 55 percent more than an alternative solution due to inefficient power and cooling or poor uptime reliability. Migrating that infrastructure into a colocation environment could translate into major efficiency gains, but it’s also an opportunity to adopt an even more efficient solution.

By prioritizing data modernization to transition some data into cloud environments rather than keeping it stored on physical infrastructure, IT managers can streamline their operational costs significantly. Just because a large server footprint was needed in an on-premises deployment doesn’t mean a colocation environment can’t offer a more elegant alternative that’s easier and less expensive to manage. Data modernization can severely cut down on unnecessary server sprawl, helping to reduce costs and allow IT departments to devote more resources to innovation rather than maintenance.

5. Smoother Migration

A data migration is a major undertaking that requires extensive planning and precise execution. While there are a number of steps companies can take to ensure that their technology transfer is as easy as possible, the process becomes more complicated when they try to recreate their on-premises environments rather than embrace the potential offered by their colocation provider.

Exploring data modernization options during the planning process can help IT managers to identify new ways of building out their infrastructure and maximizing both performance and efficiency. When transitioning into a carrier-neutral data center, for instance, they may determine that some data assets should live on various cloud platforms while others remain on high-density servers within the facility. This helps to make the transition smoother because less time needs to be spent on figuring out how to integrate inefficient legacy systems into the data center environment.

Begin Your Data Modernization with vXchnge

As an award-winning colocation provider, vXchnge has helped organizations across a wide range of industries modernize their data management within a colocation environment. Featuring extensive connectivity options with the direct cloud on-ramps needed to build versatile multi-cloud networks, vXchnge data centers also deliver superior reliability backed up by a 100% uptime SLA. Every customer also gets access to the powerful in\site intelligent monitoring service, which provides total transparency into every aspect of a colocation deployment, from real-time power and bandwidth usage to controlling who has access to servers. To learn more about how vXchnge can accelerate your data modernization efforts, talk to one of our colocation experts today.

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