Like many outsourced services, migrating your data to the Cloud can help your business immensely. The Cloud offers efficiency gains, increased scope for collaboration, and is key to staying productive in today’s world of remote work. Still, before you set the migration ball rolling there are a number of things every business should clarify. Whether you’re considering going with Microsoft, Google, or any other cloud provider be sure to answer the following five questions before you even consider a cloud migration.
What do you want to achieve?
There are many reasons why a cloud migration might be a good idea. Maybe your newly remote team needs improved access to shared files. Maybe you’re scaling rapidly, and the Cloud offers some much-needed flexibility. If on the other hand, you don’t have any specific goals for your IT, a cloud migration is likely to be premature. Before you even think about planning a cloud migration, ensure you know what you want from it. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting time and money on something you may well not need.
Will it be worth it financially?
Many businesses automatically assume that a cloud migration will be a financial win. Yes, it often is. However, in some cases, when you take into account things like how long the transition period will be, potential downtime, how much cloud migration might cost, and the exact gains your business will see, migration may be a bad financial move. Remember, during the transition period you’ll be paying for both your on-premises servers and your new cloud environment. Therefore, make sure you run the numbers carefully before pressing forward with cloud migration.
Do you need a Public, Private or Hybrid cloud?
There are pros and cons to each. A public cloud is the least hassle, but you won’t be in complete control of your data. A private cloud gives you more control and can offer faster restoration times but can be a pain to manage and maintain. Also, depending on your industry, storing data in a public cloud could break compliance regulations. A hybrid cloud can offer the best of both. Either way, research which of these three options might be ideal for your business before you set the cloud migration ball rolling.
Is your team ready?
The benefits of cloud computing and cloud migration may feel just around the corner. But your team might not be capable of taking advantage of them yet. Maybe they’ve done little work digitally. Or maybe they’ve only used legacy systems that are vastly different to a cloud setup. Certain departments will be more cloud-ready than others. So, take the time to understand how ready they might be and how much training they may need if you’re to work with cloud migration any time soon.
Answering these questions may be straightforward. But they could be tricky for the business that has only just started considering a cloud migration. At CloudTech24 we’ve extensive experience providing cloud migration. So, we can advise on everything from broad preliminary questions, to specific technical issues. Click here to learn more about our cloud migration services.