SayGoodbye to Dell EMC SourceOne


Even robust solutions like Dell EMC SourceOne have a life cycle. As Dell EMC SourceOne nears its end of life, planning and executing a smart exit strategy for your legacy archives is crucial. Embrace the journey toward an upgraded data management landscape with these essential steps:

1. Assess Your Current Data Environment

Take the time to understand how SourceOne has been integrated into your operations and take a detailed inventory of your archived data. This will help you determine your needs for a new solution and identify any regulatory compliance requirements.

2. Identify Data Migration Needs

Document the volume, types, and structure of the data you need to migrate. This will help you determine the specific requirements for your new archiving solution and provide an opportunity to eliminate redundant or obsolete information.

3. Research Alternative Solutions

Explore the digital archiving landscape for a replacement that offers seamless migration capabilities, robust data retention features, and compliance with current regulations. Consider whether a cloud-based solution offers more flexibility and scalability than your current setup. While the benefits of moving to the cloud are significant, there's also value in maintaining on-premises archives. It's important to carefully weigh the options and choose the solution that best aligns with your organization's needs and goals.

Other considerations when choosing the right vendor: Consider how your business uses archives and think beyond just storage. The right solution should include robust information governance with data classification, enhanced security, and lifecycle management. For eDiscovery, focus on efficient data retrieval and streamlined processes. Ensure surveillance capabilities cover communication monitoring for compliance, AI/ML integration to reduce noise, and an optimized workflow for timely reviews.

4. Evaluate Vendor Support and Longevity

Look into the vendor's track record for customer support and the longevity of their products. Choose a solution with a clear future roadmap to avoid the inconvenience of another migration.

5. Plan Your Migration

Develop a solid migration strategy in stages to minimize disruption to your operations. Be prepared to tackle challenges like data format discrepancies and compatibility issues. For example, if your migration partner struggles to effectively manage legal holds, this might be a sign that the enterprise archive solution isn't the right fit for your needs.

6. Ensure Data Integrity and Compliance

During the migration, validation processes are implemented to ensure the accuracy of the data being transferred. Verify that your new system adheres to all necessary compliance standards for data retention. But beyond that, does it offer the balance of pre-built automation and the flexibility to tailor it to meet your unique business needs?

7. Train Your Team

Introduce change management to ensure your team is well-trained on the new solution, understanding its features and integration with other tools they use.

8. Post-Migration Support

After the switch, closely monitor the new system to address any issues promptly. Gather feedback from your team to make any necessary adjustments.

Taking immediate action and following a structured approach to your exit from Dell EMC SourceOne is imperative for a smooth transition to a new digital archiving and data retention system. Advance your data retention practices and compliance standards with Veritas, and remember, don't wait; time is ticking. 

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Shilo Thomas
Sr. Principal Product Marketing Manager, Data Compliance and Governance
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