21st century self-service data migration looks a lot different than it did in the twentieth. In the early 80s, desktop computers weren’t networked and data lived on removable media like magnetic floppy disks. When all the conditions were right, user files could be transferred from one Kaypro II (for example) to another by saving data to floppy disks and transferring data one disk at a time.
Local area networks (LAN) connected computers as early as the late 70s, with the aim of sharing storage and printers—which were expensive at the time. But networking standardization was slow and network file sharing, as a way to store and restore data, didn’t really come to pass until well into the 90s. In the early 90s, a product called Laplink enabled a cable connection between devices to provide a way to sync files between two PCs.
Cloud-to-device backup is a game changer in self-service data migration
Fast forward to 2016. A modern endpoint backup solution continuously and automatically moves data from the device to the cloud—and back again to a new machine whenever you need it. The best part? The end user can manage the entire data migration process herself.
Endpoint backup collects and centralizes user data and organizes it in a user archive—with no requirement for a physical connection. Because it’s automatic and continuous, there’s no need for a time consuming “restart” of backup prior to migration. The user’s archive is already complete. Moreover, after IT images the new device they can transfer responsibility for data migration to the end user—cutting hours from IT’s daily schedule and thousands of hours from the overall refresh timeline.
Modern endpoint backup also allows the user to take a customized approach to restoring data on new or reimaged devices. She can choose to restore her entire data archive or select only the files relevant to her current work. If and when she needs a file from her full archive, the user can simply log in to the endpoint backup solution to restore the files she needs.
Modern endpoint backup takes data migration out of the Dark Ages of disks and cables and device proximity and makes the cloud-to-device process simple, secure and painless. End users are empowered to restore their own data when it is most convenient for them while IT teams recover time that can be used to focus on higher-order problem solving.
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