An IT Manager’s Guide to Data Migration


So you’re stuck with large files slowing down your teams’ daily workflows or maybe you need to migrate your data from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible, if so you have come across the right guide to help you with these tasks. 

Firstly, we are going to dive into assessing your company’s data migration needs. Often this duty falls to an IT professional. We want to provide you with the key factors to include in this assessment. We don’t want your company to waste time or money if they don’t need to. We will also provide recommendations for tools of a smaller scale because if you’re reading this guide, chances are you still need an answer to a problem worth solving.

If your assessment has led you to the conclusion that your company requires a file transfer/data migration solution, we will guide you towards several different options. As an IT professional, you already know the pros and cons of certain solutions, but what you may not recognize is the underlying layers of certain benefits one solution has versus another.

Finally, once you have selected the type of solution you are interested in exploring, this guide will help you take the next steps towards advancing your company’s workflows. 

Before we proceed to those portions of the guide, it’s important to understand what a file transfer/data migration solution is. Typically, these types of solutions will take your exceedingly large files and / or data sets and move them across WAN to various locations at fast speeds. This allows you to transfer your files to/from remote locations, another office, the cloud, etc. This process is fast, reliable, secure and can provide you with the ability to track your transferred data. 

Specifically with FileCatalyst solutions, you are receiving the power to solve the problem of slow and unreliable TCP-based transfers (including FTP, HTTP, and their secure variants). As an IT professional you are privy to the challenges working with these outdated data migration tactics. Those methods are time-consuming and leave you vulnerable file transfer disruptions and potentially to data loss. You will soon have the knowledge of whether or not your company is ready to move onto brighter horizons. 


There are several checkboxes you need to tick before confirming your need for a file transfer/data migration solution. Tally your points in the questionnaire below and receive your result.


NOT READY (5-10 POINTS): If you scored this low on our analysis, there is a strong chance that a file transfer/data migration solution would not solve your current issues. You may want to investigate further to see if there is a different type of tool to improve your workflows. 

POSSIBLY (11-20 POINTS):  Try our UDP based free file transfer solution Files2U and see if it fits your needs. You can always upgrade at any point to FileCatalyst solutions if you find that your files are getting too large to transfer quickly.

MOST LIKELY READY (21+ Points): It looks like you are in need of a file transfer/data migration solution. Continue below to see options available to you. 


The results are in and if you’ve made it this far in the analysis, then you must need a file transfer/data migration solution. Congratulations! Why? Because you are one step closer to solving a problem that your company has probably been debating for quite some time. 

Let’s start exploring options available to you.

As an IT Professional one of your top priorities is to make sure your company is getting the bang for its buck. There are many solutions out there that can take you for a ride, promising you human-to-human interaction and a simple installation process, but once they have you hooked on a costly contract, they will start to show their true colours, in the form of lack of support and complicated features. Not only is this a potential roadblock when shopping around for a solution, but you have to also identify your company’s preferences beforehand. 

Are you looking for a CAPEX or OPEX solution? Are you looking for an on-premise or SaaS solution? Are you looking for a web-based or a point-to-point solution? Whichever you have decided upon, FileCatalyst UDP based technology was developed to assist you on the path to the fastest file transfer/data migrations possible. To simplify some of our key products and to explain the benefits of specific types of solutions, you will find several brief descriptions below.

FileCatalyst Direct: 

FileCatalyst Direct is a suite of server and client applications that enable point-to-point accelerated file transfers at speeds of up to 10Gbps. By utilizing a patented UDP-based file transfer technology, FileCatalyst overcomes the issue of slow file transfers caused by network impairments such as latency and packet loss. FileCatalyst Direct will change your file transfer times from hours to minutes and minutes to seconds. 

FileCatalyst Workflow:

Get the same powerful results as FileCatalyst Direct with our web-based model FileCatalyst Workflow. FileCatalyst Workflow is deployed entirely on machines that you control, you can choose whether to deploy on-premise or on managed/cloud servers. You get the fastest possible access to on-premise storage and integration with on-premise LDAP/AD services.

FileCatalyst Central: 

FileCatalyst Central is a web-based monitoring tool that acts as a united gateway to view and administer your entire FileCatalyst Direct and FileCatalyst Workflow deployment. FileCatalyst Central allows you to view ongoing transfers in real-time, drill into transaction histories and reports, view system health including alarms, remotely configure nodes, and initiate file transfers.     


Now that you have a pretty clear picture of what your company needs, we want to help guide you towards the finish line. Of course there are many different companies offering data migration solutions, there is no denying this. But if you’ve done your research, which we know you did or you wouldn’t be reading this post, you will have come across reliable resources that lead you towards FileCatalyst solutions.

Let’s continue this conversation with you one-on-one, match you up with the perfect fit for your data migration needs and get you started with a completely free trial. Don’t miss out on any more opportunities to enhance your company’s business and workflows.

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