Today, the success or failure of any type of business depends on or at least is affected by, technology. The IT infrastructure grows proportionally as businesses expand.
But, we all know how costly traditional on-premises IT infrastructure is – purchasing and maintaining hardware, updating software, and training staff – it’s no walk in the park. Due to various increasing demands, new ways to scale infrastructure is needed.
Cloud computing has proven to be the key foundation and solution for growing IT infrastructure offering benefits including scalability, cloud security, mobility, disaster recovery, control, competitive edge, and cost-effectiveness. Businesses of all types, sizes, and industries are now implementing cloud migration.
Cloud Migration 3 Basic Steps
- Cloud Migration Planning
Like everything else, cloud migration requires planning and following some basic preparation steps. So, here’s what you should do in order to prepare for cloud migration:
- Identify the reasons for moving to the cloud. Even though cloud migration offers numerous benefits, you must clearly define what you expect your business to get by taking this step by highlighting the current business flaws and assessing how cloud computing will act as a solution.
- Choose a manager who would be in charge of the entire process, from planning to monitoring the actual cloud migration process. Assigning a specialist is crucial for a successful migration process since there are many technical decisions to be made.
- Decide between the two types of cloud migration: shallow or deep. The first allows you to move the on-premise application to the cloud without making changes to the servers in the cloud. Deep cloud integration, on the other hand, allows modification during migration in order to take advantage of cloud capabilities.
- Choosing Your Cloud Environment
Here’s the second step you should follow before you start the actual cloud migration process. So, apart from planning and choosing the type of cloud migration, you should also choose the kind of cloud model: single or multi-cloud.
- By choosing a single cloud environment it means that you would use a single cloud provider for all of your business applications and services and utilize either private or public clouds.
- In a multi-cloud environment, your business will use several different public cloud services, usually from multiple providers. These clouds can be used for different tasks to get the best results or reduce vendor lock-in.
- Migrating Applications and Data
The last step is the actual migration process. The size of your business’s database and applications will determine the cloud migration methods. Copying the data over the internet connection is pretty easy if there is not much to migrate.
Yet, if you have lots to copy this probably isn’t the best option due to long transfer times. For migrating huge amounts of data, you should compress it before sending or ship your physical drivers to the cloud migration provider if you want to reduce bandwidth costs.
And luckily, your cloud provider will probably give you access to different cloud migration tools to ensure that the migration process goes smoothly and quickly. We hope you find this simple step-by-step guide useful for having a successful cloud migration process. For any other further information, don’t hesitate – contact ClearDesk today!