cloud migrationThe cloud is becoming increasingly popular as more enterprise applications are added to this virtual space. Businesses are also catching wind of just how much money the cloud can save. The cloud eliminates the need to purchase hardware. It also cuts down on data centre maintenance and server updates. Don’t let the potential hurdles of cloud migration scare you away from making the transition. Here’s how to make the process as easy as possible:

Start by Defining Business Objectives

If you plan on moving data, applications, or virtualization infrastructure to the cloud, it will help to establish objectives and metrics to gauge success. Determine which tasks and services are compatible with the cloud. Some may provide immediate benefits by way of re-hosting, while others may require refactoring to be cloud-ready. Study business unit impact, alterations in agility and cost savings to identify priorities. This way, you will have a firm understanding of how cloud migration aligns with your company’s objectives.

Select the Proper Cloud Option

You will have to select the private cloud, the public cloud or the hybrid cloud. If you are worried about compliance and security of critical applications and client information, the private cloud option could be ideal as it provides extensive control. On the downside, the private cloud approach is costlier to own and maintain. Moreover, it isn’t as scalable as the public cloud.

The hybrid cloud gives you the best of the private and public clouds. It makes it possible to use a private cloud for specific resources and the public cloud for other matters. The hybrid cloud is especially useful for business continuity plans as it empowers a business to shift critical infrastructure and cloud applications to the public cloud if a disaster occurs.

Implement the Proper Technologies

Once you’ve identified your unique goals and cloud hosting options, it’s time to implement the proper infrastructure. Security is of the utmost importance to ensure that your data is safe, whether stored or in transit. Appropriate automation technologies are essential to reduce reliance on manual tasks as well as scripting and support during the transition to the cloud. Manual migrations are costly and exacerbate the potential for human errors that leave data exposed or incur delays. Automation is necessary to properly handle pre-migration mapping and instance matching and thereby ensure as precise a migration as possible.

Get Stakeholders on Board

Having a plan in place is only part of the battle. The next step is to get the important stakeholders to buy in. Explain the migration’s end goals to your organization’s decision makers. Ask for their feedback and keep them involved so they feel as though their input in the transition to the cloud is valued.

The IT Solutions Your Business Needs

Whether you need assistance with a cloud migration, managed services, IT support or anything else tech-related, we can help. At CustomTec, we’ll optimise your transition to the cloud to maximize your efficiency and productivity. Tell us about your tech challenges and we will explain exactly how we can make your operation run more smoothly. Contact us today.

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