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Streamlining Legacy Workload Migration with Microsoft Fabric's OneLake


Migrating legacy workloads to the cloud can be a daunting task for organizations, in particular when migrating complex and expansive legacy workloads with mission critical data. Microsoft understands the significance of enterprise information and that is why they specifically considered the complexity of legacy migrations when designing OneLake.

OneLake serves as a unified data lake, acting as a single repository for all analytics data within an organization, similar to how OneDrive handles file storage. At the core of Microsoft Fabric, it allows for data reuse within Fabric, empowering all engines. To successfully migrate legacy workloads to OneLake within Microsoft Fabric, follow these steps:

Step 1: Assessing Legacy Workloads

Before migrating legacy workloads to OneLake, it's crucial to perform a comprehensive assessment of your legacy data warehouse and/or data lake. Use Next Pathway’s cloud migration planning tool CRAWLER360 to identify the applications, data sources, and dependencies across the entire legacy system. Gain meaningful insights into the complexity and scope of the migration with CRAWLER360.

 Step 2: Developing a Migration Plan

Based on the assessment results from CRAWLER360, develop a migration plan that includes the migration approach, timeline, and required resources.

The valuable information displayed through this tool will allow users to create the optimal migration plan, segmenting the legacy system into logical and meaningful sprints that will allow for immediate testing to take effect.

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 Step 3: Preparing Data for Migration

Use Next Pathway’s next-generation code translation software SHIFT Cloud to prepare the data (code and ETL pipelines) for migration. SHIFT Cloud can automatically analyze your entire code base, providing a valuable and meaningful Analyzer Report. This report will provide essential information on the complexity of your code base, any unique exceptions that OneLake may not support. This is a valuable tool to help plan a successful migration.

Step 4: Migrating the Data

SHIFT Cloud automatically translates code translation from a multitude of legacy systems and ETL platforms.   SHIFT Cloud will also verify the quality of the translation so that user acceptance testing is expedited – saving both time and money and getting customers production-ready faster.

Step 5: Validating the Migrated Data

After migrating the data to OneLake, it's crucial to validate its accuracy and accessibility. Utilize Next Pathway's powerful automated data validation and testing tool, TESTER, to perform thorough testing. This step helps identify any issues or discrepancies that may have occurred during the migration process, ensuring the integrity of the migrated data.

Step 6: Optimizing Migrated Workloads

Once the data is successfully migrated to OneLake, it's time to optimize the migrated workloads to fully leverage the features and benefits of OneLake. This includes optimizing data storage, access, and analytics workloads that utilize the data. Take advantage of OneLake's capabilities, Azure Data Factory, Synapse Data Engineering, Synapse Data Science, Synapse Data Warehousing, and Synapse Real-time Analytics to optimize the performance of the migrated workloads.

By incorporating CRAWLER360 for assessment, SHIFT Cloud for migration, and TESTER for testing, organizations can streamline and automate key tasks in the migration process. This approach ensures the efficient and effective migration of legacy workloads to OneLake within Microsoft Fabric, while also validating the migrated data and optimizing the workloads for optimal performance.

Migrating legacy workloads to the cloud is made more manageable with the powerful capabilities of Microsoft Fabric's OneLake. By following these steps and using Next Pathway's tools, organizations can ensure a smooth, risk-free, and successful migration, unlocking the full potential of OneLake's unified data lake for their analytics needs. Get started today and embrace the benefits of cloud-based data management with OneLake.



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