Data migration -- the transference of data between data storage systems, data formats or computer systems -- is a complex process that can pose several risks for companies, including unforeseen cost overruns and extensive system downtime. According to the
A study found that while "businesses spend billions of dollars migrating data between information-intensive applications, up to 75 percent of new systems fail to meet expectations, often because flaws in the migration process result in data that is not adequately validated for the intended task."(2) According to LinkTek Executive Vice President
"We've taken steps to protect enterprises against broken links and, in turn, to improve the productivity and efficiency of computer users, IT departments and CIOs," said Crites. "Depending on the extent of the problem, the cost of fixing broken links manually could top
Crites maintains that no organization is immune, as there are several types of data migrations and other situations that cause file links to break:
1. Migrations due to upgrading or adding new computer hardware -- for example, moving data (files and folders) from a legacy hardware system to a new one.
2. Migrations due to changing the Operating System (OS) on the organization's network servers -- for example, from
3. Migration of data from one's production network into Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Storage Area Network (SAN).
4. Data Migration into a Document Management System (DMS), such as OpenText and Documentum.
5. Migration of files and folders into
6. Implementing Distributed File System (DFS), which manages files and folders across multiple computers.
7. Folder restructuring, renaming folders or moving folders to new locations.
8. Repathing files or folders. This often occurs when someone moves files or folders without realizing that many of the files in those folders have links to other files, thus inadvertently breaking links, causing data to be missing from the files containing the links.
"The problem with current data migration applications is that most or all of their customers' file links will be broken by the time their migration is done, meaning that data will be missing in one way or another," said Crites.
LinkTek's LinkFixer Advanced offers organizations a reprieve by addressing today's most common file types and automatically fixing broken links in batch -- in any number of files at a time -- while also providing the tools to virtually eliminate this type of risk. The software consists of several automated functions that identify, preserve, maintain and repair links:
1. The Inoculate function safeguards all links prior to a data migration, but also protects links in case of any unexpected problem within the system. Inoculate sets up the links so that they can be quickly repaired when they get broken.
2. After files have been Inoculated and a data migration has been completed, the Cure function automatically fixes all broken links in a fraction of the time it would take to fix the links manually.
3. In addition, LinkFixer Advanced users can use the Modify Links function to fix links that were previously broken. This method doesn't require the pre-step of Inoculation and, in short, provides disaster recovery.
4. The software also provides a Move/Rename function that moves and/or renames files and folders while automatically keeping links intact throughout the migration.
LinkTek consistently upgrades its software to reflect ever-changing technological industry advances. LinkFixer Advanced supports most of the world's most common file types, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Visio, as well as Windows Shortcuts, Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Autodesk AutoCAD, Bentley MicroStation and more.
For more information about LinkFixer Advanced, visit http://www.LinkTek.com or call 727-442-1822 ext. 1546.
2. Successful Data Migration. Rep.
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