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TDS and Carbonite Collaborate to Help Improve Data Migration

By CIOReview | Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Mike Bullock, CEO

Mike Bullock, CEO

Integration expedites critical migration projects, enhances staff efficiency, and reduces costs.

FREMONT, CA: Transitional Data Services (TDS) and Carbonite, an OpenText company, introduced an integration between TDS's TransitionManager and Carbonite Migrate to decrease the friction associated with most migration projects.

To test the profit of using the integrated solution, TDS and Carbonite compared resources required, number of events, and the costs associated with physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual migrations for 1,000 servers located in an on-premise data center to another on-premise site.

The results displayed the free tools required more than double the resources (62 vs. 28), caused more than four times the events (17 vs. 4), and cost 12 times more leveraging Carbonite Migrate and TransitionManager desktop orchestration.

"This study highlights how the TransitionManager platform boosts the capabilities of the industry's automated transport tools," says Craig Macfarlane, CTO, and co-founder of TDS. "With our desktop companion app, admins can easily adapt simple PowerShell integration scripts and our customizable and reusable templates to map even the most complex workflow. This powerful orchestration accelerates the migration process, while reducing the time and inefficiencies historically required of application owners and highly skilled engineers to set up and monitor tasks and events."

Migrations need complex coordination of activities performed in a proper sequence to ensure the project's overall success. If one step is missed or performed out of sequence, it can lead to a failed migration. Carbonite Migrate allows businesses to migrate physical quickly, cloud workloads and virtual to and from any environment with very little risk and near-zero downtime. By integrating the capabilities of leading tools such as Carbonite with the operational oversight of TransitionManager, the users can plan migrations in a better way, and move workloads more quickly with less risk of errors and rollbacks.

"Carbonite Migrate focuses on making migrations efficient, repeatable and scalable," said Hal Lonas, CTO of SMB & Consumer, OpenText. "Customers who have complex environments can leverage the integrated solution to save time, money and headaches."

TDS' 5.0 release of its TransitionManager platform includes powerful integration capabilities that bring together tools from Carbonite and other well-known technology providers to create a powerful customized toolchain to:

• Synchronize standard tools and data to unveil and integrate the knowledge that exists within an organization.

• Automate collecting only the critical data points required for a project and ties the necessary business factors to every application, deleting the need to work with an error-prone spreadsheet.

• Reduce risks and enhance staff efficiency by automating the handoff process to a customized chain of migration tools.

• Accelerate migration speed to re-host the targets by using automation to invoke and orchestrate sequenced tasks.

Michael Bullock, CEO of TDS, said, "Some enterprises may be considering scaling back on their digital transformations to cut costs due to the economic crisis. But we believe that now is the time to aggressively press forward with digital transformation plans and the move to the cloud. Our business is thriving as companies both here in the US and abroad recognize that if they have very strong digital-enabled products they are going to be in a much stronger position going forward. They are coming to us because they need to understand their applications and leverage a sophisticated toolchain to improve efficiency and accelerate their process."