How to Securely Migrate Your Data

May 30th, 2016
Vadim Vladimirskiy
Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

Businesses give a lot of thought to security implications when they consider migrating data to a streaming IT configuration. But what about security during the migration itself? You’re planning to move large amounts of data—it’s critical to do so securely. There are a number of products and methods you can turn to that can help to encrypt and secure your data in transit from one data center to another. It will take some careful thought and planning. But it’s not mission impossible.

Tools for Data Migration

There are a number of options for migrating legacy applications.

Your choices include:

  • Re-engineering
  • Migrating applications to a virtual compute environment using technologies such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or session virtualization
  • Virtualizing the application
  • Changing the application altogether to a virtualized equivalent

Although migrating legacy applications to a streaming IT configuration is one of the more difficult IT challenges your business will face, it also can be a great opportunity to clean house and make a fresh start with a view to the future needs of your business.


Performance is an important consideration in a streaming IT migration. After a migration, applications may be have differently. Be sure your migration plan includes steps for testing and tuning your applications to guarantee optimal performance, and to ensure they can with stand production workloads.


You are going to need skilled staff to help with the planning and execution of the migration. The number of people you will require depends on the size and complexity of the operation. There may also be decisions to be made around existing and new staff to ensure that you end up with the right team as your business moves to a new level.



Your streaming IT solution should be much easier to budget and plan for once fully implemented. The migration itself may have its own costs, depending on who is performing it. The cost soft he migration can be kept in check by ensuring timelines are estimated as accurately as possible and then adhered to.

Migration impact

How disruptive is the actual move going to be for your employees and your customers? Depending on services you are using and the systems that provide them, there maybe a user impact at the time of migration. Any potential disruptions should be planned for and communicated to the people who might be affected.

Get help

If the migration process seems overwhelming, don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are firms that specialize in planning and executing cloud migrations.

With careful preparation and a well-executed migration plan, your business will be well equipped to meet both the demands of the present and the challenges of the future.