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Cloudfirst's Archive-Migration-as-a-Service (AMaaS) is a targeted, end-to-end offering combining our best-of-breed Rapid Migrate migration orchestration platform with an unparalleled team of migration experts to help propel clients successfully down their archive transformation path. Our migration experts remotely manage and monitor migration operations throughout the entire process, tuning performance and resolving issues before client teams are even aware.

Rapid Migrate ensures seamless protection of existing legacy active-archive workflows while dynamically utilizing available system resources (tape drives, data movers, network) to facilitate the fastest and most efficient migration to cloud. No upgrades to your aging legacy archive system are required, so investments can be directed to the future of your archive rather than in its past.

Rapid Migrate automatically ebbs-and-flows with the daily production demands on your legacy archive system ensuring they always maintain operational priority while maximizing the utilization of available resources in the system to ensure the fastest possible migration to your next-generation storage and archive platform. Rapid Migrate allows users and administrators to track migration progress, monitor throughput and performance and quickly identify any migration issues leveraging its real-time, web-based dashboard.

Rapid Migrate supports various local and remote targets for migrated assets. Migrations are optimized specifically for data-tape archives (LTO, T10k, etc.) ensuring the most efficient operations possible. Assets are migrated in an ordered fashion from each data-tape once loaded, mitigating the negative mechanical characteristics of data-tape handling and positioning while ensuring each tape is loaded only once during the migration process. This is significant as these legacy archive system infrastructures are typically aging, and improper resource handling could cause irreparable harm to the system and put sustaining production operations at risk.

Once an asset is retrieved from the legacy archive platform, Rapid Migrate will handle all the complexities of delivery to each target platform, authenticating and validating assets at each step along the migration chain. Preservation is always top of mind, so data integrity is verified at every stage of the migration and full asset provenance is maintained for traceability and maintain asset history. Rapid Migrate also ensures the preservation of legacy archive metadata throughout the migration process. Metadata is key to continuity for business systems integration as well as digital preservation.

Legacy archive metadata is extracted during the restore from the legacy archive solution and pushed into the target storage as key/value metadata tags and also written to a metadata sidecar file which can be ingested and parsed by AWS Lambda functions, MAM, media supply chain, or other downstream systems. This ensures continuity of content and metadata and minimizes impact on other systems integrated to the legacy archive system as Rapid Migrate orchestrates the move to your next-generation environments.

Rapid Migrate supports migration of assets to almost any target storage and archive system regardless of whether you are moving to on-premises, private, public or hybrid cloud and Cloudfirst remains agnostic to your next-generation platform selection.

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Our global team of archive transformation experts have been architecting, developing, building, and deploying some of the world’s largest and most complex digital archive systems and infrastructures for more than two decades. Cloudfirst offers reduced rate 24x7 legacy archive software and hardware support services for all leading legacy archive platforms (contact us to find out more) which can typically save our clients 30% or more as compared to OEM providers while improving support SLAs. Combing our industry leading Archive Migration and Support teams, we can fully offload all archive migration and operational responsibilities from our clients before, during and after migration. Our proactive approach to support ensures archive software, storage and infrastructure failures are discovered and resolved by the Cloudfirst team, often before production impacts are even realized.

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