What Do You Need for Cloud Migration?

The cloud has moved from an outsider oddity to a near necessity.

On a personal level, it keeps all your photos, contacts and apps safe in one place. If you break or lose your phone, all of your information and resources are there waiting for you on the next one.

This kind of technology also has incredible value for businesses. What if, instead of spending a huge proportion of your profits on someone you and your staff can work, you spend the money on the best talent available – regardless of location –and have everyone work the comfort of their own homes?

This is the kind of advantageous scenario moving to the cloud can create.

Even if you’re still forking out for business premises, the cloud nevertheless makes your business more flexible, scalable and robust. It essentially future proofs your business.

Migrating to the cloud – especially if you’re not the most technically savvy individual – can be a bit perplexing however.  What is the cloud? And why is everyone talking about it?

If you’re looking into migrating to the cloud, we’ve tried to cover everything you need to know: from all the details you’ll need to the advantages and disadvantages of different providers.

What is the cloud?

The cloud is something that allows you to store all your resources – whether it’s photos, documents, software or applications – in one online space. You can access everything you need to from any device anywhere at any time. That is the primary appeal of migrating to the cloud.

What services are available?

All of the leading technology businesses seem to have some kind of cloud offering. Amazon, Microsoft and Google all offer excellent cloud-based storage. You can get a perfunctory amount of storage for free but, generally speaking, the more storage you need, the more you’ll likely have to pay.

There also single, hybrid and multi cloud options to pick from. A single cloud would be from one company. A hybrid cloud system operates using a combination of on-premises and cloud infrastructure. And multi cloud uses a number of different cloud technologies.

Security strategy

Moving to the cloud also creates a bit of a security risk. It isn’t necessarily a problem: it just requires a different approach. You’ll need to install firewalls to protect your data. A leak can be extremely damaging – hurting both your reputation and your pockets (thanks to data protection guidelines).

You need to be vigilant with granting access to potentially sensitive information to different users. And, as soon as a stakeholder no longer needs access to the cloud, you need to revoke their access.

Decide what to do with your on-premises infrastructure

Some businesses like to keep their old infrastructure for back-ups in case of a disaster but you can likely turn off all of your old systems. With all the right systems in place – and an understanding of the risks and complications that can potentially jeopardise your move – migrating to the cloud should be a relatively straightforward process. And once it’s complete, you’ll be a better performing, more financially savvy and more flexible organisation.


TBN Editor

Time Business News Editor Team