Preventative Maintenance As Decommissioning Stop-Gap Strategy

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Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The transition between storage platforms, particularly if they are from different vendors, is a period of potential high risk. This fourth article in our short series examines why preventative maintenance should be a key aspect of your decommissioning stop-gap strategy.

For more information, take a look at the rest of this series of articles including tips on how preventative maintenance benefits your business in terms of boosting performancecost-reductiontalent-retention and career advancement.

Uptime is still vital

Just because a system is being decommissioned doesn't mean that downtime can be tolerated. If anything, you need to be sure that your older system maintains 100% uptime as data is migrated to the replacement platform.

But the migration process is incredibly delicate. You want data to be transferred as quickly as possible without error or corruption, which means keeping source and destination systems running optimally.

Obviously, you need support to resolve problems as they occur. But far more effective– and less disruptive– is fixing issues before they can impact performance.

Uptime after migration completes

The final transfer of data does not mark the end of your support requirement however. You still need to run new and old platforms in parallel just in case you encounter serious teething problems that require a quick rollback. 

You must ensure sufficient maintenance coverage until the new system has been proven.

A potentially costly diversion of resources

Supporting an old platform while spinning up its replacement is incredibly resource-intensive. Even more so when adopting a preventative maintenance program to ensure optimal performance.

But the more people, time and budget you divert towards the old platform, the less you have available for commissioning your new storage. Which means the entire project will take longer to complete– and is at far higher risk of running into problems due to a lack of resources.

Don't risk it, outsource it

The safest way to ensure you have the resources you need, when you need them, is to outsource preventative maintenance responsibilities to a specialist like CDS. Our team of product specialists have the knowledge, skills and experience to maintain or decommission legacy systems, allowing you to focus all of your resources on commissioning the replacement.

To learn more about preventative maintenance as part of your stop-gap storage decommissioning, please get in touch. And don’t forget to check out the rest of this series to learn why preventative maintenance is an important strategic tool for your business: Part I, Part II and Part III.

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