Top 5 Considerations When Migrating to the Cloud
The time has come. After careful consideration, you’ve finally come to the conclusion that it’s time to migrate to a cloud-based storage solution. Great! But now what?
Making the transition to the cloud can be awfully intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it feels. Take time to think through these five factors before making the move, and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth migration.
Public, Private, or Hybrid
Choosing a cloud storage type that suits your company’s needs is an important first step when deciding to migrate to the cloud. Choosing between a public, private, or hybrid cloud solution can frequently come down to reliability, scalability, and security, so be sure to weigh your options before making your final selection. If you’re looking for additional help in choosing the best cloud storage option for your company, read our blog here.
Preparing Your IT Infrastructure
Although many cloud providers tout their ability to migrate quickly and easily using your existing internet connection, it’s always better to closely examine your infrastructure before pulling the trigger. Depending on your provider and your bandwidth, you may run into issues when making the switch. Speak with your provider to make sure you have the correct infrastructure in place to avoid any complications later on down the road.
Recognizing (and Mitigating) the Risks
Switching to a cloud-based storage plan can raise questions of both security and availability of your data. Before migrating to the cloud, make sure you understand your particular provider’s security and availability solutions. Having a solid grasp of your solution’s limitations can help mitigate any upcoming complexities.
Understanding Your Costs
Migrating to the cloud can be a costly endeavor, so before making your move, make sure you have a handle on how much your new solution will cost. The cloud can become a never-ending money-pit if you are not careful, so take time to price out all the different costs associated. Don’t forget to include licensing costs, operational costs, and any fees from your service provider.
Develop a Fool-Proof Deployment Strategy
Once you’ve chosen your storage type and provider, assessed all costs and associated risks, it’s time to put the final plan into place. Determine your migration timing- whether or not you plan to migrate everything at once or a few applications at a time. Ensure you have taken all necessary precautions and have made decisions on what, when, and how your migration will take place. Having a concrete plan for deployment guarantees a smooth transition into the cloud.
Although implementing the cloud has wonderful benefits for companies of all sizes, it is not a risk-free process. Taking time to consider storage type, infrastructure readiness, cost, and strategy can make the transition smooth and painless. To learn more about Congruity360’s cloud migration solution, speak with a sales representative.