Managing Your Move to the Cloud
So you’ve finally decided to (or are at least considering to) move your business’ IT operations to the cloud. Today, the cloud offers business a number of advantages over traditional business systems including increased connectivity, accessibility, collaboration, and productivity. Today’s cloud services are housed on highly- secure servers, offering even greater security than traditional software that is housed directly on laptops, cell phones, and other hardware devices. Moving to the cloud is a smart and cost-effective way to improve your company’s bottom line.
That said, migrating your network to the cloud is not an easy task. Moving your network, or even a small part of it, can be a huge project, requiring a high degree of planning, coordination, and detail management. If mistakes are made, it could result in difficulties or even data loss. With good planning and management, the transition can go smoothly and even be a seamless transition.
Tips for Moving To the Cloud
Below are some important considerations before moving your business to the cloud:
PRIVATE CLOUD OR PUBLIC CLOUD?
The first step is to determine the type of cloud you want. Cloud services can be hosted on shared cloud space or they can be created on privately owned servers. Both forms of cloud have advantages and disadvantages. Public clouds cost less and allow for quick and inexpensive scalability, removing the need for your company to invest in expensive hardware and software upgrades. Private clouds come with increased costs, but also increased control and deployment capabilities.
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU WANT TO MOVE?
Everything you do at your business does not need to be hosted on the cloud and all systems do not need to be added at once. The cloud is flexible and you can add services as necessary. When deciding which services you want to move to the cloud, you should first review all business systems your company uses and see which ones would benefit the most from the advantages of the cloud. Communication, collaboration, and sales systems tend to be the most popular and beneficial services to move to the cloud, but they can also be the most disruptive.
A smart migration to the cloud would start with simple, behind the scenes services that the typical worker does not have to deal with every day. Data backup and hosting services would be a good place to start before moving onto collaboration and productivity services that are utilized daily by many employees.
WHAT ARE YOUR SECURITY REQUIREMENTS?
Over the last few years, several large-scale attacks have occurred on large, public cloud service providers. While cloud service providers offer a great level of security, they also command the most attention from cyber threats because they offer significantly more information than the thousands of attacks that happen on small private servers every day. Before choosing any cloud server provider, it is important to research their security options and performance to ensure that you are choosing a platform that meets or exceeds your security needs.
WHAT FEATURES DO YOU NEED?
Before moving to the cloud, you must first determine which features you currently use that you cannot live without. It is a good idea to form small groups from different departments within your company to determine the needs of your company and ensure that all vital services are migrated to the cloud. You should do the same to determine the services that are unnecessary or underutilized. Migrating to the cloud may finally give you an opportunity to identify systems that are not being used, so their expense can be eliminated from your company.
Cloud Computing Migrating, Consulting & Support From Solvere One
With Solvere One, your cloud computing services are fully managed by our experienced cloud computing professionals. All you need is a personal computer, smartphone or tablet, and an internet connection. We can manage your transition to the cloud every step of the way. We have extensive experience with some of the largest cloud computing service providers, including:
- Microsoft Office 365
- Google Drive
- Google Docs
- Amazon S3
- And More.
Let the cloud computing professionals at Solvere One help you put the power of the cloud to work for your business today.