Your business is finally transitioning its digital assets to the cloud. Better late than never, as the saying goes, and welcome. You have come to the right place.
Cloud migration is no small feat, so knowing where to start can be daunting. Migration can be comprehensive and include all digital assets, IT resources, databases, and applications, or it can be a partial move of select workloads. In any scenario, transitioning sensitive information from a hardware-based, on-site data center to a cloud-based system requires careful planning and execution.
What’s in it for businesses?
The benefits of migrating resources to the cloud are numerous, but here are a few of the biggies:
- Cost — Organizations may not see the savings immediately, but it will not take long to realize the reduced overhead costs and operational spending. With a complete transformation, update and maintenance fees virtually disappear. Fewer IT personnel are necessary, leaving room in the budget for innovation and a stronger focus on company initiatives.
- Capacity — Onsite data centers require upgrades, additional equipment, software licenses, and storage to grow with a company as workloads and users increase. Cloud computing is more scalable to support company growth.
- Performance — The end-user experience is better with cloud services. Users can access services from any location.
What are the Phases?
Generally, cloud transformation progresses in five main stages, which apply to complete or hybrid migration models or switching from one cloud service to another.
Choosing a Strategy
There are many approaches to migrating workloads and applications to the cloud. Organizations may apply a few of the methods below depending on their needs and objectives. Minimizing risk and disruption should be at the forefront of any cloud migration strategy. Companies must weigh the cost-benefit of each application to determine the best course of action for a smooth cloud transition. Here are the most popular methods of migration.