Key considerations when migrating to the cloud
As you are aware, there are tremendous benefits of moving from a traditional, in-house data center to a cloud infrastructure. However, when making the move, organizations need to take some important things into consideration, so that they can get the maximum benefit out of the cloud. In this article, we look at some of these considerations in detail.
When should you migrate to the cloud?
The first question to be asked when is the right time to migrate to the cloud. The following are some instances.
- Your service usage is unpredictable (i.e. some months you need more IT capacity and some months you need less capacity)
- Industry experience suggests that your applications will better on the cloud
- Your clients are very particular about confidentiality and security of data and compliance with information security regulations
- You want to control costs in the near term, and do not want to block capital
- Your existing hardware has become outdated, and you are in need of new hardware that is cost effective, yet provides superior performance than your existing hardware
- You are moving offices and your new premises do not have enough space for IT
- You want to use your in-house technical experts more for refining your core services, and less for routine IT management
In all these situations, moving to the cloud is a very natural choice.
Selecting an appropriate vendor
Once you have decided to move to the cloud, this is the next thing in line. If you search for a cloud hosting company on the internet, you will come across hundreds of options. Due to the aggressive marketing of upcoming cloud companies, customers tend to get influenced and find it difficult to select an appropriate vendor. You will find several cloud companies offering super cheap offerings.
The key thing to remember here is you should not focus on cost alone. There are various other factors that need to be considered, such as the cloud provider’s industry experience, their reputation, the experience of their team, whether they have received any awards or recognition, etc.
Also, you should understand their customer support processes in detail. For example, if you have a technical query, do you get 24/7 support from a real human, or do you get automated responses and an endless wait until you can speak to an executive.
Planning the transition
To ensure that the transition to cloud is smooth and without any disruptions, you need to plan the move in advance.
If you are moving your internal data alone, you should opt for a replication model. In this model, your existing service infrastructure and the cloud infrastructure work simultaneously, till the time all the data is moved to the cloud.
However, if you have external data – for example you are providing a software as a service, or you are an ecommerce provider, or a videoconferencing service provider, you will have to plan the migration in advance. You should talk to your cloud service provider and ensure the migration is such that your services are not disrupted in any way.
These are some basic steps to be considered when moving to the cloud. Choosing the right cloud vendor is the most important decision, and it can have a major long-term impact. IaaS Provider has migrated hundreds of customers from traditional data centers to the cloud.
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