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Lessons Learned From The Nirvanix Demise: The Pain Of Migrating Data

When cloud storage technology provider Nirvanix suddenly said it would close its doors, customers and solution providers quickly learned that migrating data from cloud to cloud under a very tight deadline was a painful process.

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 Migrating Data From A Failing Cloud

Migrating data between clouds is a real challenge, especially when the data's owner and its partners are under the gun. And that was the case when cloud storage technology developer Nirvanix in mid-September suddenly warned customers it would shut down.

Nirvanix told customers all data would have to be migrated off Nirvanix-based clouds by the end of September, although that deadline was delayed to late October. That, along with Nirvanix's Oct. 1 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, sent partners scrambling to help customers migrate data to other clouds. As of this article's publication date, that Oct. 1 Chapter 11 application is still tied up in court as creditors negotiate the terms of the bankruptcy and potential buyers consider their options.

"There are a ton of hidden costs," said Jamie Shepard, regional vice president of Lumenate, a Dallas-based solution provider.

Here's a look at some of those costs.

 
 
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