What is Cloud Mass Data Migration?

Mass Data Migration helps overcome data transfer challenges such as high network costs, long transfer times, and security concerns. As a large capacity portable device, it offers the highest capacity-per-dollar in the market.

Cloud Mass Data Migration features

Move data fast

Using a single Mass Data Migration device, you can migrate up to 120 TB of usable data (at RAID-6) in just days, as opposed to weeks or months when transferring large workloads using traditional methods.

Flexible and scalable

Whether you need to migrate a few terabytes or many petabytes of data, you have the flexibility to order one or multiple devices to accommodate your workload. With in-line compression, the device offers you scaled data capacity.


Moving large data sets can be expensive and time-consuming. Each Mass Data Migration device is offered at a low, flat rate including roundtrip shipping and 10 days of use at your site. Cost is no longer a barrier to data transport to the IBM Cloud.

Simple process

IBM sends you a pre-configured device so you can simply connect and ingest data. When you are finished, ship the device back to IBM for offload into IBM Cloud Object Storage. Once offload is complete, enjoy immediate access to your data in the cloud.

End-to-end protection

Device design maximizes security from the inside-out. Rugged, tamper-evident, waterproof, shockproof cases ensure protection during device handling and transport. Standard 256-bit encryption and RAID-6 redundancy allow for secure migration with data integrity.

Secure erasure

IBM uses a four-pass DOD-level data wipe to ensure complete and prompt erasure of all your data from Mass Data Migration devices after offloading your data to IBM Cloud Object Storage.

How customers use it

Migrating data from on-premises to the cloud

Whether you want to free-up on-premises storage capacity, archive inactive data, back-up data for redundancy and recovery or create a content repository, Mass Data Migration can quickly and securely move your data to the cloud.

Migrating data from on-premises to the cloud

Data center decommission

Use Mass Data Migration to securely, affordably and reliably move your sensitive data to the IBM Cloud as part of your data center decommission strategy as you downsize, expand or relocate your data center.

Data center decommission

Locations with limited or no Internet connection

This physical transfer method is a reliable alternative to high-speed network transfer where Internet connection is unavailable, too slow or cost-prohibitive such as in satellite branches, factories or oil rigs.

Locations with limited or no Internet connection

Data analysis and app development

Once in the cloud, use IBM Cloud services to fuel innovation with analytics, create cognitive solutions or build and scale cloud-native apps. Data lakes created in IBM Cloud Object Storage are accessed easily, securely and reliably.

Data analysis and app development

Get started with your data migration

Use the IBM Control Portal and select "Storage" in the Menu then "Data Migration" and "Mass Data Migration."