The advantages of cloud computing are becoming more and more obvious, which is driving more businesses to migrate to the Cloud. Some of the perks include scalability, flexibility and reduced cost.
But just how easy is it to migrate to the Cloud?
Whilst the good news is that there are numerous advantages that aid IT efficiency, the bad (or the ‘not so good’, to avoid negativity) is that migrating to the cloud is not a simple and straightforward process. This would probably explain why 66% of businesses are too scared to embrace a move to the Cloud.
Choosing Your Solution
To start off, you need to consider a Cloud solution that works best for you.
Software compatibility and software licenses are often overlooked and are critical in determining whether everything will stand up on the destination environment.
What type of Cloud platform will you go for? With public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud options, there are enough choices to overwhelm businesses. The choice really comes down to the features that are most suited to your usage, privacy requirements and budget.
Our advice is, keep it simple. Start with a simple, singular Cloud computing configuration. Experts say that most successful complex Cloud computing configurations are outgrowths of an initially simple setup.
Planning Your Migration
A strategic approach is critical when looking to move applications to the Cloud. Businesses need to have a firm Cloud strategy to lead the migration and ensure decisions meet both organisational and regulatory requirements.
Businesses should consider time frames for the migration, in terms of their applications and data. Will you bite the bullet and migrate everything to the Cloud all at once, or will you break down the migration into chunks?
Migrating everything in one go can be a little risky, not to mention a large project that could end up being more of a headache, not to mention a drain on resources.
Breaking the migration down by workload, is a far sturdier plan, but it comes down to personal choice. Doing the migration in stages means you can start with less important applications and test these, before moving onto business-critical applications.
Ensuring you have the right resources in place is important in determining cost and duration of your Cloud migration. If you plan to handle the migration in-house, you need to ensure you have the resources to carry out an array of tasks, from auditing the existing environment to evaluating every aspect of your new environment – including connectivity and latency requirements.
If you do not have the resources and expertise in-house, then you need to consider outsourcing this to a migration expert who can carry out these tasks on your behalf. You will need to ensure your chosen migration company can deliver your migration within the time frames you have arranged with your Cloud provider, or work together to agree a compatible go-live date.
Your migration company will need to know the answer to some fundamental questions before quoting a cost. These may include operating system versions on source and destination, number of applications and database sizes. The more information you can provide, the more accurate the quote, which saves money in overages later-on.
Are you planning to migrate to the Cloud? Whether you have chosen a Cloud solution or not, we’d be happy to give you some advice on how to migrate safely to the Cloud so you can minimise downtime and risk.