Credo-logoCloud FastPath: Case Study
Consolidating by Migrating from Rackspace to Amazon


“Cloud FastPath did exactly what we expected. I’d recommend it to any company doing a large file migration.” – Michael McFarland, Credo

A Job Too Big

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For the past two years, Credo has been operating its technology stack on Amazon Web Services (AWS). While most of their IT resources were moved to the AWS platform, not everything came over. In particular, several million image, video, and audio files totaling about 2 TB of data, remained on a Rackspace CDN (content delivery network).

Michael McFarland is Credo’s VP of Technology, responsible for all technology resources and server operations. He’d been trying to find an opportunity to migrate the remaining digital assets to AWS, but didn’t have the resources to make it happen. The project would require the bulk of Credo’s sys admin team for over a month, based on the sheer volume of data and number of files. There were too many other important things to do.

When Michael found out that Cloud FastPath could automate the entire data migration, he seized the opportunity to complete the transition and close out his legacy platforms.

Cloud FastPath: Making The Impossible Possible

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Cloud FastPath is the simplest way to automatically migrate directory trees and file servers between cloud providers. It’s accessed over the cloud, providing a simple interface where users can orchestrate fast and secure data transfer jobs.

Michael worked with the team at Cloud FastPath to set up Credo’s data transfer to AWS. They decided to manage the move by breaking it up into about a dozen smaller jobs so they could validate the migrations and handle any migration errors. The Cloud FastPath team held Credo’s hand throughout the process, which put everyone’s mind at ease and helped Michael sell the project internally.

The 2TB migration took only a few days, and the entire project took roughly a month from beginning to end. Aside from providing credentials to the source and destination cloud platforms, and validation of the transfer at various points along the way, the project was “hands off” for Credo’s team. Cloud FastPath worked as an out-of-the-box solution, automatically transferring the files, doing exactly what Credo expected it to do.

How Cloud FastPath Migrated Credo’s Data

Cloud FastPath is designed to be easy, making migrations to AWS a breeze. After creating an account on the Cloud FastPath website, all that was needed were a few simple steps:

1. Connect to Rackspace.

Pre-configured settings for popular cloud services make it simple to connect to Rackspace and many others.

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2. Connect to Amazon Web Services.

Next, select your destination service. In this case, you can log into your AWS account.

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3. Select the files and schedule the migration.
No data chunking, no moving everything to a single directory first – Cloud FastPath takes the data in its current form from where it resides today.

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4. Sync, monitor and report.
Cloud FastPath handles everything, no matter where it sits or what errors are encountered along the way. Sync features allow for easy error retry and delta capture.

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Migration to AWS Made Easy

While Credo’s file migration was important, Michael was never able to justify consuming the resources of his full team to get it done. As a result, this project lingered on for over a year – until Cloud FastPath made it possible. Cloud FastPath turned what could have been a high-stress event into a no-brainer.

With all of Credo’s data finally on the same cloud platform, Michael’s system administrators are finding it much easier to maintain and manage the overall application. The team remains focused on Credo’s key initiatives and the day-to-day aspects of running the business. And Michael is eyeing other large data movement projects, particularly around online video, that could benefit from the ease and automation of Cloud FastPath.