Companies are steadily migrating to the cloud. One of the major factors that contribute to this is greater scalability, flexibility and financial security. According to a recent survey, companies run 79% of their workloads in the cloud owing to the redundancies that offer as close as 100% uptime.
There is no doubt that cloud computing is a powerful tool. It has created many options and opportunities to improve the internal mechanism of a company. Still, let’s not get hasty. Before you think about migration, begin by doing some research and assessing your company’s cloud computing needs.
Moving data is a lot like moving to a new house or apartment. The fine details of cloud migration and implementation are often overlooked. There are hidden roadblocks that may occur while migrating to the cloud. Here are some of the crucial questions to ask before migration:
Before Cloud Migration
How Much Downtime to Expect?
On switching to a cloud environment, you will have to shut down your old equipment and switch on the new equipment at a certain point. In between, there will be a downtime period that which may last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
The exact downtime will vary from business to business. Therefore while migrating, get know how about how long you can expect the downtime to last and plan accordingly.
Is Your Software Up To Date?
Ensure that any software you use on a regular basis is updated to run in the new environment. Also prior to the cloud migration, have a current support agreement for the software. If the manufacturer is out of business, or the app cannot be updated, it may be difficult or even impossible to move ahead it into the cloud.
After the migration is complete, your applications will be running on different equipment. Although Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, or other common applications will have a smooth transition, proprietary software and older business apps may pose a challenge.
Are you Ready with a Disaster Recovery Plan?
Of the biggest myth about cloud computing is that everything runs correctly. However, don’t forget that even cloud computing has chances of disaster. So, better have a through redundancy option or create a backup plan before cloud migration.
Outsource or In-House?
Mostly it may sound good as well as more cost-effective to handle cloud migration in-house. However, the truth is that migrating to the cloud is a major project, even for the smallest company. So, if your professionals have never handled this process before, it can be a tedious and time-consuming job from start to finish.
So, it’s advisable to outsource the project to a company which has good experience in cloud migration. This will not just lower your downtime significantly but also speed up the adoption process, that will positively impact your bottom line.
What will be the Cost?
Generally speaking, the money that you spend on cloud computing buys you more options for your data. Shared DC’s allow you to reap the benefits of built-in redundancies, infrastructure, networking, storage, and server computing power. Although cloud migration is less expensive as opposed to building your own data center, it can still be costly. As per a 2017 survey of cloud computing trends, cost management is the biggest challenge that cloud users are facing today.
So, before you plunge in it is good to find out cost and make sure the cloud is the right solution for your business.
Proven Benefits of Cloud Migration
- Scale resources on the fly to meet the increasing traffic demand
- Reduce operational costs
- Increase IT effectiveness
- Allows fast application implementation and deployment. So, one can focus more on development while reducing infrastructure overhead.
- Keep up with growing storage needs
- Allow remotely located employees to access applications and work via the Internet.
- Setting up Cloud DR systems can be much quicker and simple while allowing far better control over resources.
- Tracking and upgrading underlying server software can consume a lot of time. In some cases, a cloud provider will take care of this automatically. Some Cloud Computing models similarly handle many administration tasks like database backup, software upgrades, and periodic maintenance.