An Admin’s Guide to Choosing a Migration Method

Overview


Egnyte gives your users the freedom to access their files from anywhere, making them more productive, so it’s important to get your files in Egnyte as quickly as possible. This guide will help you make a more informed decision about the tools you can use to migrate to Egnyte. The method you use to migrate your data, users and permissions depends on the amount of data you are transferring, where it's stored, available bandwidth, etc. Remember, users can add files and folders they have stored on their local machines, too. Point them to the article, A User's Guide to Adding Content to Egnyte.

First, narrow down your options based on available bandwidth and the amount of data you are migrating. Keep in mind, this is only the first step. There are additional considerations you’ll want to explore for each tool.

 

25 Mbps - 50 Mbps

Available Bandwidth

> 50 Mbps

Available Bandwidth

<25GB data

25-40GB data

40-500GB data

500GB-1TB data

1TB-16TB data

>16TB data

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Note: This table refers to file and folder sizes only.


You may need to use more than one tool to complete your migration. Keep the answers to these key questions in mind as you review the considerations for each tool.

  1. Do you have a virtualization environment available?
  2. Is your internet stable and fast?
  3. Do you need to migrate users and groups?
  4. Do you have permissions to migrate?
  5. Is your data changing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

Choosing Between FTP, Cloud Migration Manager and Storage Sync

FTP Considerations:

  • No virtualization is required to use FTP.
  • Should only be used when migrating less than 500GB of data.
  • FTP can only be used to migrate files and folders.
  • FTP may not support data true-ups (depends on FTP client).
  • At least 50Mbps internet bandwidth is suggested.
  • A stable internet connection is required.
  • Review this article for a complete list of what FTP can and cannot migrate. 

Here’s an example of a situation where FTP may be a good option for migration: You already have users and permissions on Egnyte, but you have 400GB of files and folders you need to move to Egnyte. The data you are moving is not used on the weekends so you’re not concerned about data true-ups. Your internet connection is stable and fast.

Cloud Migration Manager Considerations:

  • A virtualization environment is required.
  • File access and modification time are preserved.
  • Folder permissions can be migrated.
  • Audit reports of the migration are provided.
  • Supports up to 1TB of data per migration.
  • Internet bandwidth needs to be stable, but speed is not a requirement.
  • Review this article for a complete list of what Cloud Migration Manager can and cannot migrate. 

Here’s an example of a situation where Cloud Migration Manager may be a good option for migration: You have less than 1TB of data, and you want to migrate existing user permissions and file modification times. Users don’t change the data over the weekend, so you don’t need to worry about true-ups. You have multiple on-premises repositories across multiple offices that you’ll need to migrate fully to the cloud. You can use Cloud Migration Manager to migrate each repository.

Storage Sync Considerations:

  • Can be used on any network share over SMB protocol.
  • File access and modification times can be preserved.
  • Supports ongoing syncs between on premises content and Egnyte.
  • A Storage Sync license is required to use this tool.
  • Can be used with or without a virtualization environment.
    • NETGEAR NAS device can be used instead of a virtualization environment.
  • It does not migrate folder permissions or provide migration audit reports.
  • It can migrate up to 16TB of data.
  • A stable internet connection and minimum bandwidth are NOT required.
  • Review this article for a complete list of what Storage Sync can and cannot migrate.

Here’s an example of a situation where Storage Sync may be a good option for migration: You have 15TB of data to move from a CIFS Share, but the stability of your internet connection is questionable. Your users are constantly making changes to the data so you’ll need to ‘true-up’ the data after the initial migration.

Choosing Between Cloud Migration Manager and Storage Sync

Here is a simple table that compares the key differences between Cloud Migration Manager and Storage Sync migration capabilities: 

Cloud Migration Manager

Storage Sync

A virtualization environment is required.

Can be used with or without a virtualization environment (NETGEAR NAS device).

Does not require data disk for migration

Requires data disk with storage equal to the size of data to be migrated

Data ‘true-ups’ are NOT supported.

Data ‘true-ups’ are supported (depending on the 3rd party software used).

Top level folders and permissions can be migrated.

It does NOT migrate top level folders or permissions.

Can support up to 1TB of data per migration.

Can support up to 16TB of data per migration.

Internet bandwidth needs to be stable.

Internet bandwidth does not need to be stable.

Here’s an example of a situation where using Cloud Migration Manager and Storage Sync together may be a good option for migration: You have top level folders, permissions and 15TB of data to migrate to Egnyte. You’ll use Cloud Migration Manager to migrate your folders and permissions. You’ll use Storage Sync to migrate the data.

When to Consider Egnyte Professional Services

If you need help migrating to Egnyte, our professional services team can help. Egnyte Professional Services are especially helpful when you’re migrating a large amount of data, have multiple office locations, or have limited internal resources to help with the project. Reach out to your Account Manager today so we can begin customizing your roadmap to success.

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