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5 Steps to Simplify Cloud Migration

If you’re considering a cloud migration project, it can be difficult to know where to start. The advice you may hear from other companies might not apply to your business’ needs and goals, which makes research a confusing process.

We’ve boiled cloud migration down into 5 easy steps based on years of experience with projects of any size and scale.

1) Buying Into the Benefits

In the most basic terms, cloud hosting allows businesses to reduce their IT costs by trading capital expenditures on hardware and infrastructure for the fixed, monthly and easily-adjusted costs of cloud-hosting and software or platform as-a-service.

Many of our customers begin their cloud journey because they have out-of-date hardware and are investigating the costs of an upgrade. After initial research, many of them realise that they’re in a perfect window of opportunity for migrating to the cloud.

The cloud offers additional benefits like:

2) Choosing the Right Type of Cloud

Just like in matters of health and wellness, a holistic approach is the best way to approach cloud hosting. Solutions are not ‘one-size-fits-all’, and your strategic needs are unique.

With numerous options for cloud platform adoption, which is the best fit for you?

Understanding the main types of cloud 

Private Cloud 

Public Cloud 

Hybrid Cloud

3) What Factors Should I Consider?

Our bespoke TechWorkshop formalises our expertise in creating an agile, agnostic approach to tech infrastructure. It takes our core principles to create a methodology with a systematic, thorough analysis of the customer’s IT environment, followed by specific recommendations for how cloud hosting can enhance and complement your strategic goals.

Important questions to ask:

4) Before You Begin…

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of intelligent technologies and services that the market has to offer, and then you’ve lost sight of what you are actually looking to achieve in a cloud migration project. The most reliable and stable platform is often the simplest.

Make sure you know:

5) What If Things Go Wrong?

If you are still working with legacy apps on older hardware and tape backups, any downtime or data loss could be a disaster for your business. Have you considered how cloud hosting fits into your disaster recovery strategy?

Cloud hosting offers incredibly flexibility for backup and recovery, or disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). The ability to use pay-as-you-go cloud capacity creates the opportunity to replicate infrastructure on a cloud platform for cost effective and rapid recovery, with critical IT systems backed up to an enterprise class secondary location.

A cloud-based approach with a systematic recovery plan provides users with a reliable and rapid means of recovering from an IT disaster, meeting compliance and governance requirements for backup and disaster recovery.