We’ve all had that feeling at some point. You’re busy working on that giant report on your desktop when suddenly the lights go out, as does your monitor. You wait for the power to come back on, hitting the power button of your computer with your fingers crossed, hoping at least a majority of the report is saved somehow. Then you get the bad news and you let out a primal scream. It is the moment of exasperation.

Now imagine that level of frustration times 14 million. Last month, MySpace, yes, MySpace, that former social media giant that is little more than a relic today publicly admitted to the catastrophe that all music uploaded to its site prior to 2015 had been lost. That equates to 12 years of music, more than 50 million MP3s. In a public statement, the owners of MySpace, whoever they are, blamed the file loss, which also included videos and photos, on a server migration gone bad.

Storage isn’t the same as archiving

So how do you store your important files for the ages? Those old photo albums that grandma keeps in that box in the attic certainly has its limitations as those priceless photos become dull with age. That’s why many turn to digital and the cloud. But what if the cloud service you use to store your files becomes merely a footnote like MySpace? Think the MySpace file loss is a one-time event? Think again. Google is set to begin deleting data from its deprecated social network, Google+ this month. While they do have a dedicated team of archive specialists working diligently to preserve public posts before the “point of no return,” their efforts are limited in nature. They have no way to back up posts marked private or deleted. In addition, they have already warned that videos and images won’t be saved at full resolution and discussion threads are limited to 500 comments.

And then of course there is the question of motivation. What self-interest does an antiquated social networks have in preserving other people’s files? Yes, maybe a poorly implemented server migration was the culprit for 12 years of media files vanishing, or maybe, that was a convenient outcome of the migration itself. Many people “assume” that their files will always be there because they have up to now. But we all know what assuming often gets us. What if YouTube ends up playing out the same fate as MySpace. Do you think YouTube is simply too big to fail? MySpace had millions of users and at one point had celebrity investors such as Justine Timberlake who thought the same thing. Everything has a life cycle.

Make sure your server migration doesn’t go apocalyptic

We reason don’t hear primal screams throughout the planet concerning the catastrophic data loss is that few people actively used MySpace anymore. But imagine if your own server migration resulted in a total file loss. How would you recover?

A cloud migration is a highly complex process with many moving parts. Part of the equation concerning Murphy’s Law is that the more moving parts, the more things that can go wrong. The moving parts involved in a cloud migration include applications, the services that drive them and the data that they process. A successful migration requires thorough discovery and service mapping of your IT estate as well as a continual assessment and reassessment of your environment. A house transporting crew just doesn’t arrive at the home an hour prior to moving it. They go to great lengths to plan out every facet of the move in order to plan for every conceivable obstacle. The same is true for server migrations. The migration process if predicated by careful planning backed by operational intelligence.

This is why companies turn to cloud migration experts like iQuate to manage their cloud migrations. Their unique iQCloud solution helps bring automated service level visibility that span even the largest and most intricate of hybrid environments. In fact, IQCloud is designed to perform dependency mapping in architectural environments of 100,000 servers or more running thousands of applications. That’s why HPE selected iQCloud as a core component for their new offering called HPE Right Mix Advisor that enables organizations to develop their hybrid cloud strategy with confidence and accuracy.

Don’t make yourself wish you had disaster recovery

Losing 12 years of media files certainly constitutes as a disaster. As stated earlier, you can’t assume your files will be there all the time because things happen. That’s why a disaster recovery plan is so vital today. Its not just your applications and data that is at risk. It’s the accumulated knowledge of your organization. There’s also something that DR implementations have in common with cloud migrations. They too require lots of discovery and planning. This includes service mapping as well as the setting of recovery point objectives, recovery time objectives and service level agreements. iQuate has knowledgeable expertise in the field of DR to provide analytically map out the dependencies between infrastructure and applications. A well thought out DR plan is something you never want to “wish you had.” Of course, the real determination of a successful DR implementation is whether the expectations of your users and customers are met during the tense duration we commonly refer to as downtime.

Don’t be a footnote

There are multiple ways for even the most successful company to become a footnote. In some cases, it is the result of a competitor that’s able to capitalize and scale out a better mousetrap. In other cases, it might be a large IT project that goes bad or a disaster that the business never recovers from. If you want to learn more about how iQuate can help protect you against IT calamities, then reach out to them today.