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Veritas Backup Migration: Challenges and Considerations

April 15, 2022

Veritas Backup Exec™  is a unified data backup and recovery solution for small to midsize businesses. The software enables organizations to protect critical data across multiple systems, and thanks to integrated cloud connectors for all major cloud vendors, Veritas has become an industry standard for establishing redundant backups and archives while maintaining compliance with security & privacy regulations.

However, over time, storage media changes and evolves. By migrating data from one medium to another (for instance, from data tape archives to the cloud), businesses can reduce the cost of key systems while improving data availability. Organizations may also need to upgrade from an earlier version of Veritas to enjoy enhanced performance and security.

Below, we’ll address some of the unique challenges of Veritas backup migration. For more guidance, contact at 1-800-237-4200 to discuss your organization’s needs.

All Veritas backup migration projects need an established scope.

With all forms of data migration, appropriate planning is critical. Most pain points can be preemptively addressed, but all too often, data migration is rolled into a larger project — or administrators have too much confidence in the capabilities of their database migration solutions.

Some tips to keep in mind:

Data migration requires time.

Even if you’re planning to complete the process in a single operation (the “big bang” approach to data migration), you’ll need enough runway to plan for unexpected events such as data conversion issues, damaged physical storage media, and the complex nature of unstructured data.

Veritas provides data migration tools to make the process easier — namely, Veritas Backup Exec™ Migration Assistant. Even so, automation has limitations. No software can repair a damaged tape set or instantly bring decades of archives into a new format.

Data migration requires logical sequencing.

For most organizations, the goal is to improve data availability. If your business needs to retain archives for compliance, migrating to a new solution will enable access to more powerful search tools — essential during eDiscovery and other legal processes — but if compliance requirements have expired or you have a large amount of redundant data, migrating every archive could be an unnecessary expense.

Additionally, most Veritas data migration projects will necessarily require some degree of prioritization. In general, a phase-based approach is better than a “big bang” migration. Even if your business completes the primary phase of data migration in a single operation, you’ll likely focus on highly usable data — archives might need to remain on legacy systems for some time.

Establishing your priorities will help you make logical decisions during the planning phase. Think logically about your migration project. What datasets are essential for avoiding downtime? What data provides the most value to the business?

Data migration requires robust benchmarking and backups.

Key stakeholders will expect to see the results of the Veritas backup migration project — after all, data migration is a major undertaking with significant expenses. If you’re not able to demonstrate improvements, you’ll have trouble making the case for future investments.

Accurate benchmarking is essential. Track the performance of your current systems (including legacy archival media) prior to the first phase of the project. While you may also run the old system in parallel with the new system, some processes completed during migration may affect the results.

Finally, remember that the most important steps in a successful data migration are backup and verification. frequently receives cases from enterprises that encountered errors during migration that resulted in data loss — potentially leading to data retention compliance violations.

Common sources of data loss during migration include:

  • Data formats are inaccurately mapped from the old system to the new system
  • Data is mistakenly marked as redundant or obsolete
  • Archives include data in unexpected formats
  • Physical media damage (for instance, to data tapes) prevents the migration of certain datasets
  • Data security settings are not accurately translated, resulting in potential exposure to unauthorized users

No two data migration projects are identical, but in every case, security and integrity are extremely important considerations. Working with a third-party migration expert can help you avoid common mistakes. can help your business manage Veritas Backup migration.

As leaders in eDiscovery, data migration, data recovery, and data loss prevention, offers expert services for Veritas backup migration. Regardless of the complexity of your project, we’re here to help.

Contact us at 1-800-237-4200 to learn more or click here to submit a request online.