Cloud Migration can be a scary topic for some businesses. However, companies that wish to remain competitive need fast communication, secure data and productive employees to run smoothly. The cloud has been proven to achieve these requirements and with all the benefits, cloud computing is a viable service to adopt.
Lets look at the facts.
Businesses that take advantage of productivity-enhancing cloud services grow 19.6% faster than their counterparts. 57% of European enterprises view cloud services as “very important” to digital transformation.
The global cloud computing market is worth $180bn in vendor revenues with the market growing by 24% annually. It is forecast to reach $411bn by 2020 according to new research from global communications provider CenturyLink and Statista.
Assess Current IT Landscape & Align With Business Goals
The first step is to assess the current IT infrastructure and assets. This is extremely important as each businesses migration will be different. Looking over business goals and current infrastructure can let you and you cloud partner know what direction to take.
Consult with technical experts to discuss existing processes and infrastructure. Your partner can make recommendations to optimise end-user readiness, prepare to migrate applications and content, and ensure long-term success.
Your migration plan is not a one-step process. You need to manage the whole process from planning to implementation and completion. Each step along the way should have a final sign off to make sure everything is as it should be before moving to the next step.
Have a Test Environment
Not everything can be smooth sailing and you may come across some issues during migration. In order to ensure you don’t miss these, a test environment is crucial. Testing everything as you progress allows you to spot potential issues saving you time after the migration is complete. This can be a time-consuming job so having a specialist on hand or assigning specific personnel to this task is required.
Create a Disaster-Recovery Plan
Even if the chances of the migration going wrong are slim, it’s still important to put a plan in place. Keeping back-ups of your data continually throughout the entire migration can save your company from a huge data loss. In case of a disaster, you have the comfort of knowing that your vital data is safe. Make sure that if you quit the cloud, or want out from the platform, you have in writing that you retain full control over your data.
Find the Right Cloud Migration Partner
The most crucial step to letting your cloud migration run smoothly is finding the right partner for you and your business. If your IT provider does not specialise in cloud services and migration it is not a good idea to let them go alone. It’s vital to find a suitable migration partner who can find out which services can fit your business the best. A reliable partner results in increased productivity, trust and value of money and time.
Here at Cloudserve, we offer secure cloud computing services. We are a Microsoft Silver Partner specialising in delivering high performance, reliable, and cost-effective services to small and medium-sized businesses. Cloudserve takes complex cloud services and makes them consumable to small and medium businesses, offering a complete array of IT and communications services. Our team of experts support you through the migration process and offer our best solutions tailored to you.
It’s important to stay on top of our ever expanding technology and be open to adopting the right tech that can drive your company into the future. If you’re ready to take the next step to cloud migration contact us here at Cloudserve.