Moving your services to the cloud is a smart move for any company who wants to remain competitive in today’s digital business environment.
But if you want to move your IT infrastructure to the cloud with success, you need to research and prepare. Migration demands a strategy and a checklist. While every company is different, there are essential steps that all businesses must take into consideration.
Thankfully, help is here. Introducing a roadmap that can help your small business navigate its way through the complexities of cloud migration and adoption:
Choosing the Right Cloud Solution
There are many cloud options from which to choose. While picking the most popular seems obvious, it may not be the most suitable for your business needs.
The first question to ask yourself is why you’re moving to the cloud. It will lead you to find the right cloud provider who you can establish a long-term partnership with. If you’re expecting business to pick up, then you need a cloud solution that boasts scalability. You may also consider customization and affordability when choosing amongst cloud solutions.
Think about your on-demand computing capacity needs and data storage. Ultimately, any decision you make must align with your business goals. Choose a partner that can accommodate your existing assets while also meeting any technical requirements you may have in the future. The right cloud provider should be ready to grow through the stages of your business’ digital transformation — side-by-side, every step of the way.
Preparation and Planning for Cloud Migration
Assess your existing infrastructure, applications, and resources. Which of your apps should and can be migrated? Remember, not all can make a move, particularly if they’re from legacy systems that aren’t compatible with today’s modern systems. Your plan should involve updating code, measuring performance, and troubleshooting problems. Remember, you should have a strategy in place if your users can’t deal with downtime.
Application Migration and Data Clean-Up
Migrate all data and applications that are most suitable for the cloud environment first. To avoid company-wide disruption, migrate in phases. It allows you both agility and flexibility while ensuring the new technology is stable and absorbed by IT and other users before moving on to the next stage.
Execution and Validation
Before executing your plan, remember to backup your existing servers to ensure your data is safe in the event something fails. Deployment involves provisioning and testing all individual components. When you’re done moving data to the cloud environment, then identify areas where some tweaking may be needed. Does everything work as expected? Is all data correct and is it stable and secure?
End users should continue to monitor the system to help identify any issues that might come up. You can also set up automated tests to ensure that all internal components are communicating as they should, and all data correctly reaches all relevant users.
Remember, not all plans are flawless even with a checklist and a roadmap — any migration to the cloud comes with challenges. However, having a strategy and a backup plan is still your best bet for making your digital transformation and cloud migration much less stressful and less prone to costly errors.
Until the next time,