There’s not an IT administrator anywhere who wants to hear even a rumor of End of Life (EOL). Still, it happens. You may have been through an EOL before. They can be very disruptive. Often the software or service no longer supported is mission critical. Often IT managers and admins like you get little or no advance warning. You know that while software, hardware, or services may become obsolete or unavailable, your data assets never can be. Data lives a long time and perhaps forever. Technology has never been designed to meet that need. The risk of losing access or control over your data becomes ever more daunting.
Recently, the IT world has been preparing for the possible loss of Dell EMC SourceOne. As of this writing, there is no official notification on Dell’s website. Even so, now is a good time to consider alternatives. Unsupported email archives create unnecessary risk for your company. It’s better to resolve the issue now, than when you’re facing down an eDiscovery request. In fact, now is a good time to create a repeatable, reliable, rapid business process to protect your past, present and future emails. Whether you are backing up to SourceOne or any other platform, this is a good excuse to review your email backup best practices and consider solution options.
Migrating your email archives can be daunting. Fortunately, resources are available. With the right partner and support, success is assured. This includes moving to cloud or on-prem with full fidelity. A successful migration causes zero user disruption. It is critical to securely migrate your valuable data with chain of custody auditing and reporting.