Enterprise Cloud migration tips

I’m sure you are already aware that migrating your IT facilities to the cloud has an array of advantages. The two most popular being the ability to access business data from any location and the simplicity of upgrading storage when required, without the worry of capital expenditure.

Many blogs explore these benefits listed above, but what if you’ve already decided that the cloud is the best way forward for your business? We’ve compiled a few tips to help you with the journey of cloud migration.

Enterprise cloud hostingWork out your reasons

Don’t migrate to the cloud just because everyone else is doing it. Yes, the cloud provides a variety of benefits, but would they help your business? Migrating your data requires a clear plan and realistic expectations. Internal processes would have to be documented well in advance of the migration to ensure that the cloud makes strategic sense for the organisation.

Evaluate providers

It’s important to get a grasp of the providers available, their strengths, weaknesses and services they can offer. Contrary to popular belief, the cloud isn’t just accessing a data centre, it’s a complex service managed by providers. These providers and the level of skill they offer could be make or break for your organisation.

As a vital starting point, levels of availability should be explored. If your provider is offering a service with a 95% availability, the 5% unavailability accounts for 8.4 hours of downtime a week. Could your business cope with this downtime?

Think security

Take all precautions possible to ensure the security of your data, read through your agreement with the provider to ensure that your data is not accessible to anyone outside of your organisation. Is your data going to be stored in ISO 27001 data centres? Is there an adequate firewall or virus protection software in place?

enterprise cloud computingPhysical security has to have as much weight in a cloud solution as virtual security. There is little point in having a virtually secure solution when a thief could simply walk into the data centre and steal the server.

The location of the data centre that your service provider uses is also important to security. It’s a little known fact that through partnering with an American company, your service provider and all the information that they hold, becomes accountable to the US Patriot Act. This act enables the US government to view the information whenever they have a reason to and they are not obliged to tell you if they have even viewed the information at all.

Have a Recovery as a Service plan

Unfortunately, no matter what IT solution you have, accidents can happen and it is important to have a strategy in place in case a disaster occurs. Although the provider offers you a 99% availability, if a partner data centre fails, it is beyond their control.  We highly advise that you speak to your chosen cloud provider to discuss a backup solution, so that you can ensure your data is available in any situation.

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