Don’t Let Cloud Migration Intimidate You
So, you’ve finally decided to make the switch to the cloud, eh? Congratulations! In today’s working world, cloud solutions are a vital addition to any technological ecosystem. From streamlining operations to protecting your data, there are countless benefits these services have to offer your business. We can’t wait for you to see what a difference the cloud can make!
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before you can get your cloud transformation off the ground, there are a few important details you need to take into account. Done improperly, moving your business to the cloud can be a time-consuming and stressful process. While we know this change is very exciting, why not take the time to do it right, right?
Here are a few things you should consider before you begin your cloud transformation:
Have You Chosen the Right Solution?
Unfortunately, the cloud isn’t one size fits all. In fact, there are several different cloud solutions on the market and any of them might be what’s best for your business. Are you sure you’ve chosen the right one? Let’s look at the leading options:
Public – A public cloud is a set of computing services extended by a third-party provider that is accessible via the internet. Public cloud options give your users secure access to data without the potential limitations of maintenance demands, specialized equipment, or management requirements.
Dedicated – Also known as a private cloud, a dedicated cloud is a single-tenant option specifically designed and devoted to your business. Dedicated clouds offer heightened security measures and are often the solution of choice for businesses that deal with particularly sensitive information and already have their own data center.
Hybrid – A hybrid cloud is a combination of on-premise, private software, and public cloud computing. Different projects require different cloud solutions. Hybrid clouds allow your team to use either a dedicated or a public cloud depending on your needs.
Collaboration – A collaboration cloud is a simple solution that allows your team to work in tandem, remotely. Collaborative solutions are stored off-premises and outside of the company firewall while still allowing your team to connect.
Are You Considering Your Internal Capabilities?
As it turns out, your team isn’t one size fits all, either.
Before you get started on your cloud transformation, you must understand exactly what your team can – and cannot – handle. If you have an in-house IT department, is that department prepared to oversee all the fickle ins and outs of a migration? Do your employees have the technical know-how to work within a cloud or will they require training? Are any processes, services, or timelines going to have to change after your transformation is complete?
The answers to these questions and more can seriously affect what cloud services you need and how you implement them.
Is Your Technology Compatible?
Say you’re looking at a dedicated cloud option. It’s a great choice – but do you have the right hardware to take it on? Auditing the status of your technology will let you know what you physically need for the success of your environment. While some cloud solutions are forgiving when it comes to your equipment, others demand more to succeed.
Certain updates or purchases could help optimize your transformation to meet your long-term goals.
Speaking Of, What Are Your Transformation Goals?
Your decision to make the switch to the cloud shows your commitment to your staff, your customers, and your bottom line. But as with any large-scale change, cloud migrations are not without their faults. As you get the ball rolling, outline the goals you have for transformation and communicate these goals with your provider. Be it enhanced security, increased efficiencies, reliable remote work, or something else entirely, reaching these goals should be a stated objective for your team before the migration itself.
Have You Chosen the Right Partner?
Not everyone is equipped to handle cloud transformation.
Luckily, EMPIST is.
At EMPIST, our work is making things work for you. Abiding by the rule, we offer a roster of secure, top-of-the-line cloud services to make your transition all that you’ve envisioned. Our team of tech experts works hard to identify the right cloud solution for every aspect of your business technology. From hands-off management to data recovery, we’ve got the tools you need to help you reach those goals.
To learn more about EMPIST cloud services, contact us online today!