Are you moving to the Cloud? Have you planned your migration?
You’d be surprised at how many businesses embracing the Cloud have not considered how to get there. Find out why server migration should be your business New Year’s Resolution for 2017.
So, here we are again. The start of a brand new year, with us making the best of intentions on our personal and our business objectives. We’re used to seeing the same old personal New Year’s resolutions: get fit, lose weight, quit smoking etc. But business objectives are more diverse. They are very much dependent on the business’ annual strategy.
Let’s Talk Cloud Adoption
If Cloud adoption is your strategy for 2017, then your business objectives, or new year’s resolutions for the sake of this blog, will probably look a little something like this:
- Reduce cost
- Mitigate risk
- Achieve scalability
A move to the Cloud will help realise these points. But something that is overlooked is how to get there. Not all Cloud providers offer Cloud migration. That leaves you with a difficult dilemma – do you handle the migration in-house or do you outsource to a migration expert? Decisions, decisions.
Choose incorrectly and it could compromise the very objectives you’ve set out to achieve, as demonstrated below.
Business New Year’s Resolution 1 – Cost
Handling your migration in-house could be as costly as picking the wrong migration team. If you chose an outfit that lacks the required level of competence, you could end up wasting time and resources. Issues you might encounter include technical sticking points, transformations, software upgrades and reinstalls.
Read our blog on keeping your server migration costs down.
Business New Year’s Resolution 2 – Risk
Any change to your IT carries an element of risk. Migration is no different. Moving data from one environment to another is a process that needs to be carefully executed. Whilst a good migration team will mitigate risk as part of its service level, a mediocre one could compromise this. Risks include weakened security, cyber-attack, downtime and data loss.
Business New Year’s Resolution 3 – Scalability
An application that is designed on a non-scalable solution is not designed with scalability in mind very often, especially older applications where future scalability options were not available during the development cycle. In these cases, a good migration team can offer potential solutions to problems, taking into account things like single points of failure, potential problems and risks associated with proposed solutions, points of consideration and sometimes unusual and inventive solutions.
A good migration team should also be able to articulate ideas in such a way that developers and application teams can understand the implications of decisions that are made. Pick a poor migration team and, well, expect the opposite end of the scale here.
When to Migrate
We’ve looked at the impact of picking a bad migration team to carry out your move to the Cloud. The question many businesses ask is ‘when should we migrate’?
There is no right or wrong time as such, but if you are already looking at Cloud adoption, migration will be a necessary part of this strategy and, well, it’s far better to prepared on project size and cost than leave this to the last minute. If you take a reactive approach to this or delay your migration project, then it affect the live date on your new solution, which could increase your costs.
If you’re not adopting the Cloud or you’ve already done this, then arguably migration is not a priority. But businesses always have a need to migrate a workload somewhere, whether it be due to out of date hardware or a change of hosting provider. Stagnating on old hardware renders you without support and on occasions, a move to a new hosting company is unavoidable.
So….whether you have an immediate need for migration or not, we would highly recommend spending some time this year reviewing what workloads you may need to move where to help save cost, reduce risk and scale your business!
Happy New Year!