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About Lift and Shift File Migration

SoftNAS' FlexFiles Lift and Shift™ File Migration is a key feature of SoftNAS® Platinum, enabling users to migrate data from one platform to another, whether from on-premise to cloud, or between different cloud providers, while maintaining continuous synchronization. SoftNAS® Platinum is a Cloud Data orchestration product, focusing on simplifying pain points within the marketplace.

As businesses continue to look for ways to increase efficiency and improve their bottom line, more and more look to the cloud. With increased flexibility, and the ability to cut out the high cost of hardware and hardware maintenance, the cloud is seen as the solution of the future, even while many are uncertain how to implement it. SoftNAS hopes to make navigating the cloud a great deal easier, so that organizations can leverage the simplified business continuity strategies, reduced infrastructure, maintenance and service costs, without requiring advanced software and platform training.

Lift and Shift™ is designed to help our users quickly and easily 'lift' data from their on-premise storage or current cloud provider, and 'shift' the data seamlessly to its new cloud location, while maintaining synchronization. It provides a wizard to migrate on-premises file data to the public cloud. Point SoftNAS® to existing NAS storage volumes, select your public cloud storage destination, and begin moving your file data to the cloud. Our ability to move large quantities of data with little to no downtime makes moving to the cloud much less daunting. 

Note: Lift and Shift transfers lifts the data from a single volume and shifts it to the cloud. Each Lift and Shift operation is a 1-to-1 mapping. 

Lift and Shift Durability Model

A key feature to a strong migration solution is the data resilience, or the certainty that the data will reach the target with complete integrity, regardless of bandwidth/service interruptions.  The safety of your data upon entry and upon exit of your Lift and Shift instances is of paramount importance. Lift and Shift 's resilience is made possible by this system of records and UIDs, functioning as a persistent write-ahead log and content repository. Our underlying processors provide the ability to track the data via these records from entry to output, and provide guaranteed data lineage. Should a transfer process be interrupted, each processor is checked for these records to determine where the interruption occurred, and automatically resumes the process from the last successful transfer process. The content repository is designed to act as a rolling buffer of history. Data is removed only as it ages off the content repository or as space it needed. In the event of a network failure, the content repository enables Lift and Shift to always continue the data migration once the failure is resolved at the exact point of failure.