Successful Migration To The Cloud

June 17 2021
Lottie Perrelle Lottie Perrelle

If you are considering moving your business operations over to the cloud, you might want to have a quick read through this blog first. The pandemic has brought about lots of changes and improvements within the digital world, particularly the need for securing operational continuity. Moving over to the cloud seems like the perfect solution, so that all members of your team can access everything they need whilst working remotely. 

It is important to make sure that your business is ready for this change though, before diving straight in. Let’s have a look at what successful migration to the cloud looks like.

Common Concerns With The Cloud

A reduced control regarding data is often a regular concern for businesses looking to migrate their systems to the cloud. This mainly stems back to a lack of control, and that if they move their data away from in-house servers they will have reduced security. As a matter of fact, this concern couldn’t be further from the truth. You will actually have more control over your data if it is stored in the cloud, and it can be accessed from anywhere.

There is always a risk that a supplier goes out of business or decides to raise their prices. However, choosing to transfer to a new supplier will not only bring up organisational and technological issues, but it can be an expensive process too. If you decide to move directly to the cloud you can reduce this cost significantly.

It can be difficult to know whether to opt for a public or private cloud, which is why it is always best getting advice from the experts. A combination of both public and private tends to be the better solution as this means you can store some data in the cloud, and some locally. Even if you are backing up data this should still be stored separately from the main data source, on an external hard drive for example. 

Before you migrate your data we would always advise that you consider how you are going to transfer the application or your entire infrastructure to the cloud. It should be a properly planned out process to ensure that nothing gets missed.

Benefits Of Cloud Hosting

  1. Lower costs – the cloud is fully scalable so you only pay for the server space that you use. There is also no hardware to maintain or upkeep.
  2. Availability – one of the main benefits that business owners gain from moving to the cloud is that all employees can access and work from anywhere, at any time.
  3. Increased efficiency – with cloud hosting you will receive a virtually unlimited performance which a standalone server would not be able to provide.
  4. Increased security – you may find it a surprise that your data is actually safer on the cloud. In the event of a possible deletion it can also be restored very easily too.

Ensuring Migration Is Successful

So once you have made the decision to migrate your operations and systems over to the cloud, you need to ensure things run smoothly. It is important to have a ‘why’ before you begin. What do you hope that moving over to the cloud will achieve for your business? For example, if you just want to solve a business problem quickly you might be better off looking at ready-made applications that can handle this for you.

The most popular reasons for businesses wanting to migrate to the cloud is for the increased reliability, availability and scalability that their current systems cannot provide. With a higher number of remote workers needing to access systems from their homes, there is going to be a greater pressure on internal systems to handle high volumes of users at any given time.

Once you have identified the ‘why’ it is a good idea to look at automated cloud migration tools, and also calculate how much the migration is going to cost the business. It is always best to get in touch with a trusted partner to carry out the actual migration as they are experts for a reason! Make sure they develop a migration schedule so that both parties know exactly what is happening and when. This helps to reduce business downtime significantly.

If you would like any further information about migration to the cloud, or cloud hosting why not give the experts at Lyke a call, we would be happy to help you.

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