How SoftNAS Can Help You Lift and Shift Your Application Data to the Cloud
Buurst Staff

You have decided to move some of your applications and data to the cloud.  You’ve started up a new instance in the cloud with your business application running on it.  Great, but now you need to Lift existing data from your datacenter and Shift it to the cloud for the application to access.

Trying to create a “build your own” Lift and Shift solution can be challenging with a number of questions to consider:

  • Do you have a high-speed network connection with low latency to efficiently transfer the data over the network to the cloud?
  • Is your new application compatible with the type of storage you want to use in the cloud?
  • Do you have an automated solution to help you manage the migration of the data to the cloud and keeps it synchronized as your live data changes?

Why not consider solution that is already up to the challenge of handling the task of Lifting and Shifting your data to the cloud?

It may be time to give SoftNAS Platinum Beta Lift and Shift feature a try and see how SoftNAS can help.

(For more information on the SoftNAS Platinum Beta, click here.)

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The Lift and Shift feature of the SoftNAS Platinum Beta is available today (an updated Beta with support for use of UltraFast™ with Lift and Shift coming soon) to allow you to learn how it can help you migrate your application data to the cloud.

The Lift and Shift feature is presented as an easy to use wizard UI in SoftNAS StorageCenter that allows you to select what data you want to migrate to the cloud, the type of cloud storage to use, the ability to pause and resume the data flow so you don’t consume valuable network bandwidth during peak business hours with the option for continuous synchronization that will discover and send updated and new files to the cloud in a few easy steps:

FlexFiles™ NiFi

The wizard will build a FlexFiles™ NiFi flow for you to orchestrate the migration of your data to the cloud.

Once you have completed your configuration using the wizard and your configuration has passed all the automated pre-checks, you can simply start the Lift and Shift flow and your data will start to be lifted from your source storage and shifted to the cloud.

Your data will be saved to the #1 selling enterprise cloud NAS onto the selected cloud storage that meets your application’s performance requirements.

You have the option to test your new cloud application with “real” data that has been lifted and shifted to the cloud using a SoftNAS SnapReplicate™ copy of you shifted data.   With Continuous Replication configure, you can have a new copy of your live data for testing every day.

And when you are ready to decommission your old premise based application and cut over to the new application in the cloud, you can stop the Lift and Shift flow knowing that the latest copy of your data is now up to date in the cloud for the new application to access.

How to get the Beta

The SoftNAS Platinum Lift and Shift Beta is publically available today in the current version of SoftNAS Enterprise (formerly known as SoftNAS Cloud NAS).

Register for the Beta at which will take you to a Getting Started page which contains further instructions on using the SoftNAS Platinum Beta features (including a section specifically on Lift and Shift setup).

You will need to accept the Beta agreement in the product to use the Beta features.

Beta features should not be used with production data.

Want to see if you qualify for the “White Glove Beta” treatment?  Make sure you complete all of the Beta registration data at and include specific details of the solution that you interested in having SoftNAS Platinum help you including a request for a follow-up call from SoftNAS in the ”Describe your use case, including location and data type.” of the registration form.  We will only be accepting a limited number of White Glove Beta customers, but look forward to hearing about your use case.

If you have questions or to share your feedback on the Beta, please send an email to

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