Large Scale, Long-Term File Server Migration
Mergers & Acquisitions
Content management can look very different among organizations. Each organization has its own needs, compliance mandates, and preferences – all of which can dictate how content is handled. When it comes to mergers & acquisitions for instance, an organization may not have much choice in which storage platforms are being utilized. As a result, it is difficult to find where content may be stored. However, SkySync implemented a solution for a major global pharmaceutical organization when they planned to execute a large-scale, long-term file server migration upon an acquisition.
Multi-National Pharmaceutical Company With Many M&As
The company is a global pharmaceutical leader that acquires, develops and markets brand name drugs. They are focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world. Additionally, in 2017, it generated 80% of net sales from the U.S. healthcare system. With colleagues and commercial operations located in approximately 100 countries, it is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives.
“It’s taking us 4-5 years to transition to the cloud because of our cultural model…”
“Right now, we’re short on resources.”
However, frequent acquisitions result in frequently acquiring more content, and content stored among several platforms. “We have scripts running all day, every day for on-prem to cloud and our recent acquisitions,” said the organization’s Senior Business Technology Analyst. “The second we start talking about an acquisition, we say ‘let’s get a list of their shares for data.’ And whatever we can’t move the cloud, let’s move to a data center that can.”
The Director of IT added “Our migration is a long-term strategy because we have a vast amount of data on-prem file shares. With lots of transitions in the past, we’ve ended up with a huge amount of historical, unused data. Our biggest challenge right now is interrogation, permissions, and how to do things at scale with the best resources.”
The company has many data sources, and is only gaining more. Opening those up today is a tedious process to expose the data sources up to Box. Hence, why the organization has just done migrations until now.
Long-Term File Server Migration Through Synchronization
SkySync successfully enabled the organization to reduce its on-premises footprint and plays an integral role in their M&A strategy. With SkySync’s S4 model, they’re can deploy the agents, then sync or migrate based on whatever rules they prefer. Following business acquisitions, they can now easily integrate an acquired organization’s systems into its existing IT environment.
“We want to use SkySync to move foreign data centers – we really want SkySync’s reporting & continuity. We’d like to avoid using other tools that don’t have that,” said the company’s IT Director.
The long-term file server migration will stretch several years. Due to the size and scope of its content base, SkySync’s unique migration capabilities have been integral to the company’s cloud transition. The organization has blind spots about where content is stored, therefore causing many migration challenges. Thus creating an opportunity for SkySync’s advanced interrogation functionality to play a role once these features are GA. Additionally, SkySync’s S4 reporting UI will be a big help for IT when it comes to reporting the progress of its cloud migration to the business stakeholders.