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Data center consolidation is an ongoing project in many organizations. Some of the drivers for this include server consolidation, security, and data migration. This article, looked at the general area of data migration. To illustrate, I demonstrated the transformation of legacy network management data into XML. It's surprisingly easy to do this! Once the data has been transformed, it can then be manipulated further by using leading-edge tools. This obviates the need to discard the legacy data and reacquire it using a leading-edge network management tool. The legacy data can be successfully bridged from its original format into the more flexible XML format.

Industries such as financial services are leading the way in their use of legacy data. Telecom should follow suit and accord its legacy data similar value.

Further information on network management and the source code referenced in this article are available in the following References section.

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