Migrating to the cloud is a choice many businesses and consumers have made in the past few years, and there are a variety of decisions that must be made in advance of the cloud migration date. For enterprise-level businesses, here is a brief overview of the steps and tools required before you can complete your move to the cloud.
Determine Data & Application Needs for Moving to Cloud
The cloud is synonymous with scalability, but that doesn’t mean it’s cost-effective to overdo it on the resources or bandwidth. In addition, it’s important that you don’t take a simple measurement of all applications and data used by your company because not every application and not every piece of data will go on the migration.
Making a solid estimate of your cloud needs before the migration will help you avoid spikes in demand that may come with added costs, as well as bandwidth shortages that may reduce the performance of an application. Estimating your needs accurately will also help you choose the best cloud environment (for example, public or private).
Estimate Total Costs
One of the reasons moving to the cloud is attractive for today’s businesses is that it helps streamline the overhead costs associated with doing business. Many recent applications are ideal for use in a cloud environment while some older applications may not perform as well because of legacy hardware needs.
Estimating total investment will require a look at the monthly cost of the service, as well as migration costs and the prospect of remaining tethered to an on-site data center or server. You may find that your costs change with the addition of the bandwidth required to access data on the cloud but that your overall cost goes down because of the reduction in on-site technical support costs.
Choose the Type of Cloud Environment
Not all clouds are the same, and you’ll need to understand the difference between public clouds and private clouds before you can arrange your migration. Some cloud environments are a hybrid of these two types, so the choice isn’t necessarily a simple, black and white decision. The choice you make will influence the amount of management required by your staff or by the staff of your cloud services provider.
In addition to the scalability differences in public and private clouds, you’ll also need to discuss security and performance associated with each type. You may find that the superior scalability of the public cloud is the best choice, or you may decide that a private cloud with more control is the ideal option.
Consider Cloud Security and Control
As you investigate the different types of cloud environments, topics that will come under discussion will include security and the amount of control your company will transfer to your cloud provider. It’s essential to make sure the certifications of the provider are current and to understand the security measures used by the cloud provider.
The migration itself can also impact the security of the company, so it’s essential to plan the transfer carefully and protect the organization from breaches or loss of data. You may want to investigate the reputation, experience, and caliber of your business cloud provider before making a decision on where you will migrate.
Understand the Potential Challenges
Excellent planning is the best way to reduce the problems, hassles, and delays you may experience during the migration, but it’s important to prepare for delays, just in case they occur. You may find it necessary to use third-party tools for your migration, but many businesses get in touch with an expert to handle the migration.
Cloud migrations are technically complex and do require the time of a person who is familiar with the process. Migration cannot be done with automated tools because it’s necessary to test applications before the migration and configure them accordingly to work within the cloud environment.
Migrating to the Cloud with Vergent Communications
With its scalability and efficient cost, migrating enterprise data and the applications your company uses is an excellent decision when you want to reduce the overhead costs associated with IT services, data security, communications, and bandwidth.
Studying the costs, security, migration requirements, and cloud environment before migration helps make the process smooth and unlikely to result in unexpected hassles. Vergent Communications is your all-in-one network solution, and we can help you plan your cloud migration with a no-hassle, confidential assessment.