Migration to the Cloud could be challenging and especially to the LotusLive Cloud. First off, the challenge it to sell to a customer which is almost made a decision to go with the one of the well known competitors in the cloud business. Even when a customer is currently running Lotus Notes, the business strongly feels that moving to Google or Microsoft cloud will solve magically all their problems. More over, almost 99% of small business owners have never heard anything about LotusLive. Oh well… I can talk about the lack of IBM marketing program in regards to LotusLive cloud environment for a very long time.
Finally after months of demoing, encouraging and finally preparing the migration to LotusLive cloud environment it’s happening. During this weekend our team has started to work on the phase 1 of the migration. We have planned to have 2 migration phases which are defined by the hybrid configuration of the LotusLive environment. In this case the customer’s LotusLive hybrid environment will consist of Lotus Notes/Domino databases resided in the private cloud and the Lotus Notes email resided in the LotusLive cloud.
The Phase I of the migration has been planned to move all Lotus Notes/Domino environment including Notes databases and email files over to the private cloud environment. This part is almost done and the challenges we had during the preparation as well as during the migration time were not very tough perhaps except one. Moving a very large size of email files data over the internet from the in-house server over to the private cloud server was not well thought and as a result we had to think out of the box. The solution was to move only 4 weeks of the email data over the WAN which decreased the size of the moving data by almost 80% and then replicate the rest of the email records while connecting directly to the in-house server. This approach guaranteed no down time for receiving nor sending email.
During the next weekend, the Phase II weekend we hope to migrate the customer email to the LotusLive cloud environment and I will report on this soon.
About IB Systems.
IB Systems Inc, was founded in 1996 and has been providing consulting services in areas of Lotus Notes and Domino support, administration and development. Since the beginning of 2011 the company has started to engage in migration of small business companies to the cloud environment. IB Systems is based out of Tampa Bay FL area and serves Tampa Bay, the state of Florida and the East part of the US.