So you’re making the big move to the cloud! You can look forward to the benefits of the cloud for hosting data or workflow. Now it’s time to focus on the process of cloud migration.
Cloud migration isn’t a simple task, even for a small business. No matter the size, most companies have a lot more data and critical applications than they realize. If your goal is a cloud migration with limited downtime, here are a few tips to help the process go more smoothly.
Map Your Plan
A successful cloud migration won’t happen overnight. Most companies have several systems and processes that make up most of their everyday workload. Focus on creating a plan for these first.
Because some applications depend on the data from other systems, you’ll need a clear map of which ones to move first. Some of your largest applications might serve you better if their functions are broken down into smaller, more specialized cloud services.
Once your larger processes are working properly, you can focus on moving the smaller ones to the cloud, too. Remember: slow and steady wins the race.
Protect Your Data
Throughout the migration, your primary goal is to protect your data at all costs. If your information is compromised, it could take days—or longer—to repair the damage.
It’s important to remember that cloud security differs greatly from on-premise network security. You can review your current security policies to start, but you’ll need to review the best settings for cloud security as well. The configurations are practically endless and depend entirely on your employees, how they access your data and the permissions they need.
Watch the Budget
Cloud services are usually a great way to save costs, but only if you pay attention.
Most companies earmark a specific budget for capital expenses, which includes on-premise networking and security equipment, as well as more expensive software applications.
Because you pay for cloud services as you use them, the upfront costs are much less expensive. You might start adding additional services without considering the impact they’ll have on your annual budget.
To avoid this price creep, include a cost estimate with your cloud design. Cloud services offer more flexibility than you can imagine. If one plan is too pricey, you can tweak the design, so it saves money and still meets your technical needs.
Communicate With Staff
Your employees are a huge part of this transition; don’t leave them in the dark about what’s ahead. They may need training to help them make the most of the cloud. You should also consider their input throughout the process, particularly if they use certain applications regularly. They may have insight that helps with the planning phase and beyond.
Hire an Expert
If all this seems overwhelming, consider hiring an expert who specializes in cloud IT services. A cloud migration expert can help you with every phase of a successful cloud migration, from choosing the best service model to data security and everything in-between.
Whether you’re ready to take the big leap or still considering a move, TheCompuLab can help. Contact us for an analysis about Cloud IT solutions that fit your business needs.