Almost 40% of IT managers have avoided taking on a data migration project because of the perceived risks of data corruption or loss, a survey has revealed.
The study of 100 IT managers by Vanson Bourne for IT services company Morse also found that 52% were concerned about network downtime during the migration.
Other fears making IT managers think twice about data migration were the potential for conflict between legacy systems and new software (38%) and the worry that migrating data while keeping IT systems online would be too costly and take too much planning (29%).
Wes van den Berg, storage consultant at Morse, said, "It is understandable that IT managers have developed a phobia about migrating business data. However, they should not let this fear stand in the way of the advantages of new technology that could reduce the amount of time and money needed to manage business data."
Some 73% of users said they wanted a risk-free way to migrate data to avoid supplier lock-in.