IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration eases transfer of data to the cloud; uses AES 256-bit encryption



IBM launched on Monday IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration, an economical, large-capacity portable storage device in the market, offering more storage capacity per dollar than similar products. This new solution is designed to help companies accelerate the secure movement of data – from terabytes to petabytes – into the IBM Cloud.

Designed for durability and ruggedness, Mass Data Migration portable storage devices have a useable capacity of 120 TB and feature industry-standard AES 256-bit encryption to ensure that data is well protected during transport and ingestion.

Each device also uses RAID-6, a premiere standard in redundancy and protection to ensure data integrity. Using a simple process, customers copy their data to the device and ship it back to IBM, where the data is offloaded to IBM Cloud Object Storage for use across the IBM Cloud platform.

IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration is an efficient option for any organization looking to transfer tens to hundreds of terabytes of data or more to the cloud. It can help companies free up on-premises storage, implement a backup and recovery plan, create an active archive or media repository, or take advantage of a range of services including database and analytics solutions offered in the IBM Cloud to extract deeper value from their data. Companies can also use the service as part of a data center de-commission strategy to ensure sensitive data is secured and deployed in the IBM Cloud during downsizing, expansion or relocation.

IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration is particularly appealing to companies who need to store, manage and access large video, audio and image files. Once they get their data into the IBM Cloud, they can leverage cognitive services like Watson Content Enrichment to gain intelligence from their unstructured data and make more informed business decisions about the content they create, acquire and deliver to users or viewers.

Additionally, the service meets a need for companies with little to no access to high-speed Internet, including those in remote areas, companies operating on ships, oil rigs or farms, or those that need to limit their Internet capacity for daily production instead of data transfer.

Mass Data Migration devices have 10-Gbps network interfaces with RJ45 (CAT6a) & SFP + copper — RJ45 to SFP+ converter included — network ports. Mass Data Migration encrypts all data with 256-bit encryption and provides a strong password to unlock the storage pool. All data transfer within IBM is done over SSL. All Mass Data Migration devices are housed in rugged and durable enclosures. These cases are waterproof, shockproof and tamper-evident to ensure device- and data-security roundtrip.

Housed in rugged, waterproof, shockproof cases, Mass Data Migration devices are equipped to perform in nearly any environment: from data centers and offices to remote locations, warehouses and ships. Mass Data Migration is also a great alternative if over-the-network data transfer options are cost-prohibitive, too slow or unavailable in the location or at the time of a planned migration.

From the time a customer submits a Mass Data Migration Request to when their data is accessible in their IBM Cloud Object Storage bucket, the turnaround time can be as little as 7 to 9 days to transfer up to 144 TB of raw data/120 TB of usable data. However, many variables impact the speed of a data migration including a customer’s network speed, local server performance and file sizes.

A device may be kept onsite at no cost for the first 10 business days. This does not include the day your device is shipped or the day you receive it. If additional time is needed to complete your ingestion, you can extend your use for USD 30 per day thereafter.

For many customers, Mass Data Migration is a convenient option to quickly take advantage of cloud computing with IBM. It provides a secure, reliable way to move large data sets into the cloud within days – as opposed to weeks or months with alternative transfer methods – saving companies an enormous amount of time and hassle.

With a usable data capacity of 120 TB, Mass Data Migration has 20 percent more storage capacity than similar solutions in the market so that companies can quickly and affordably move even more data to the cloud. For extremely large data transfer needs, multiple devices can be used all at once, or over time. Click here to read more about the technical aspects of Mass Data Migration and place an order request online.

The entire process is designed for speed and ease. With Mass Data Migration, customers can migrate 120 TB of data in as little as seven days, with round-trip use of UPS Next Day Air included in the overall service.

Shipping data may seem like a retro idea, but for some organizations, Mass Data Migration is the fastest, simplest and most affordable way to move massive amounts of data into the cloud without disrupting daily operations.

With a usable data capacity of 120 TB, Mass Data Migration has 20 percent more storage capacity than similar solutions in the market so that companies can quickly and affordably move even more data to the cloud. For extremely large data transfer needs, multiple devices can be used all at once, or over time.

IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration is the solution that many of our clients have been waiting for. It is currently available in the U.S. for a low flat rate of $395 per device including UPS Next Day Air shipping, with regional and global expansion coming soon in the EU.

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