Cloud FastPath Now Identifies Linked Files. Here’s Why That Matters!

One of the major sticking points in enterprise-level migrations can be the presence of linked files, which often go undetected by IT personnel as they are designing and planning migration. Like any oversight, linked files–when not spotted and dealt with appropriately–can derail a migration project, leaving entire departments without crucial data that they require for ongoing, often deeply important projects.

Understanding this, Cloud FastPath has devised a solution in the latest update of our migration platform. Whereas other tools often fail to detect linked files, Cloud FastPath is now able to identify any and all linked files through our analytics tools, making admins and IT teams aware of their presence early on in the planning stage of a migration. In so doing, CFP has made cloud migration even easier than it was with previous iterations of the tool.

To grasp the implications of this new feature, let’s take a basic look at what exactly linked files are, and why identifying them is so important to migration success!

What is a Linked File?

A linked file is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a file that contains a link. These links can contain either URLs to outside websites or to the location of another file within a contained directory. The distinction is crucial, however, because–while links to outside sites will remain the same during migration–links to directories are likely to be broken when permission mapping forces organizations to rename files to fit the format of their new cloud environment.

Why is it So Important to Identify Linked Files When Planning a Migration?

Identifying these files and the links they contain is crucial, because many cloud platforms will not support linked files. Out of all of the major cloud platforms, Office 365 is the only one to support linked files; however, even here users face substantial hurdles. In Office 365, linked files that are migrated to a cloud environment will retain their links; but, when the files are edited and synced to a device, the values will not properly update. Considering that this is the best IT can expect when it comes to linked files, identifying these files becomes essential to deciding how to handle such restrictions.

After identifying the links, IT can decide whether to break the links, and migrate the files to which those links pointed to a separate folder on their own or to retain the links and keep those files in the organization’s previous storage solution. Sometimes, if the links point to older data, businesses will opt to identify all data being linked to and migrate it separately to an archive folder, but this is nearly impossible without first having the tools to efficiently identify all linked files. The alternative, manual option is not pretty.

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Why is This Especially Important in Shared Drive Migrations?

When your organization is migrating shared drives, being able to identify linked files is even more important. First off, since linked files aren’t usually supported in the cloud, migrating from drives as opposed to a different cloud platform means the presence of linked files is much likelier. Secondly, since shared drives will most likely contain the entirety of your organization, there are individual departments that are more likely to have linked files: accounting spreadsheets with links to purchase orders, design and marketing files with links to additional media.

Cloud FastPath Makes it Easy!

Once IT decides to embark on linked file detection, Cloud FastPath makes the process as simple as possible, scanning all files and pulling the file information into the CFP web app!

As just one of many new features in Cloud FastPath, linked file detection is designed to elevate and simplify your migration experience. With each update, the Cloud FastPath team is constantly considering how we can make migration projects easier, smoother, and more efficient for businesses looking to succeed in the cloud. While only one of a bunch of additional capabilities, identifying linked files is sure to make cloud migration an even better experience for the scores of organizations ready to take that next step. There’s never been a better time to discover just what Cloud FastPath can do for you.