Cloud migration: Everything you need to know about moving your business to the cloud
A cloud migration can be just as physically and emotionally taxing for an organisation as moving house. If you’re not prepared for what’s coming, you could be looking at a long-term headache instead of a short-term breeze.
Cloud migration is the process of moving your business-critical functions from internal infrastructure to external cloud-based infrastructure. These data migrations have fast become the norm for businesses. The reasons are simple: cloud services are more accessible, data is more secure and employees can work faster.
Migrating to the cloud can help scale your business to a whole new level of information flexibility, it’s the first step in making your business more resilient. To learn more about these, and other tools that make your business more resilient, download our free ebook, ‘Business Resilience: Why you need it and how to achieve it’.
Cloud migration’s best practices: A little preparation goes a long way
It’s important to carefully manage all the changes that come with your cloud transition, knowledge and preparation are key. Businesses have to understand their company’s needs and plan accordingly. The initial stages of planning are crucial steps to migrating successfully. These help determine how smooth, or bumpy, the transition will be. To help with yours, here are some best practices and proven strategies for cloud migration.
- Start by assigning your cloud migration team: As your business migrates to the cloud, your internal team will help manage your migration through the entire process into implementation. Establish objectives to ensure that you deliver on them in a quick and efficient way.
- Map out your migration before you get started: The idea of migrating all your business data may seem like a logistical nightmare. Cloud migrations take a lot of time, energy, and planning. However, when you have a plan in place before you even begin to migrate, the process becomes easier. With a clear goal from the outset, you can formulate an actionable plan that will ensure your cloud migration goes smoothly.
- Encourage a cloud mentality: Moving away from a non-cloud environment can be difficult, especially if your employees are used to working with specific technology or physical backups. Slowly easing them into the cloud through small changes will help reduce resistance, allowing everyone to accept and embrace the new change.
- Remain open-minded and flexible: During any migration, especially a large-scale one, it’s vital that your business stays agile, flexible, and willing to adapt. While your business is working on shifting and updating its processes, it’s essential that everyone involved is open to new ideas and willing to respond quickly to any sudden changes.
When it comes to the cloud, it’s important to stay firmly grounded
As you start to move more components of your business to the cloud, your cloud needs will continue to grow. Therefore, you’ll need to find an online backup partner that you can not only trust, but that can also help you manage the dangerous ‘gap’ between where your application provider’s responsibility ends, and where your responsibility begins.
This gap that needs protecting is a critical part of the cloud migration process that’s often overlooked. Software as a Service (SaaS) providers are under no obligation to recover your data should it get lost, which exposes you to risk and non-compliance. While most providers protect against common causes of downtime, ideally choose an online backup provider who can go beyond this and manage your cloud application data. KeepItSafe can offer you a simple, centralised system for all your SaaS applications that integrates online backup to protect all your data with one-step, one-stop storage.
Your cloud migration, made easy
Migrating to a cloud-based infrastructure can be a challenge to start. But the benefits speak for themselves. You’ll need clear communication, thorough team assignments and responsibilities, a keen eye for management to make it work and the right cloud partner by your side. But once you do, there’s no going back! The sky’s the limit.