With numerous businesses adopting cloud-based infrastructure in order to streamline data storage and programme accessibility, now may be the time for your enterprise to make the change to cloud computing if it’s yet to do so. When implementing cloud computing your business stores and accesses data and programmes via the internet, instead of via your computer’s hard drive. This provides numerous benefits to enterprises – removing the need to manage physical servers or run software on individual devices, subsequently cutting the time spent managing your IT infrastructure whilst cutting overhead costs.
Cloud infrastructure is far more scalable than on-premises hardware and data centres; it provides a wealth of resources and services, allowing great flexibility in employee working practices and business development. As highlighted by Fitzrovia IT’s Technical Director, Anuj Mehta, “the most attractive thing about the cloud is that it is flexible, customisable, and secure. And you can’t forget – it can also save you money”. If you’re looking to move to a cloud-based infrastructure, then continue reading for our top migration tips!
1. Partner with the right migration partner for your business.
When migrating your business to a cloud-based infrastructure, it’s essential to ensure you partner with an IT support provider who can adequately cater to your business’ needs. If you opt to go with Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Services, it would be highly advisable to work with a Microsoft Gold Partnered MSP such as Fitzrovia IT. Your IT partner should have extensive experience in providing cloud migration services, expediting and simplifying your transition experience.
2. Assess your cloud readiness.
Before committing to a specific migration plan, it’s important to assess and determine your business’ cloud-readiness. With the assistance of your MSP partner, it’s necessary to conduct a thorough business and technical analysis of your IT systems. This process should encompass an assessment of the tech infrastructure currently in place, the way your business utilises its devices and data, and the dependencies and integrations present between your applications. After establishing your business’ cloud readiness, you can insightfully and successfully create a migration roadmap.
3. Create your migration roadmap.
Having successfully reviewed your systems, data and infrastructure, you can begin to move forward with your cloud transition plan. Through careful planning and prioritisation of tech elements that require migration, you can minimise business disruption and expedite the transition process. It’s important to clarify with your MSP partner the elements of your business that take priority when migrating and work collaboratively to find the best IT solutions for your business.
4. Begin the process.
Once all the previous steps have been completed, it’s time to begin migrating your systems! Ensure all data is backed up and all necessary controls have been implemented and followed carefully. Always test data backups in order to protect your business; data loss can be detrimental to business functionality, so it’s essential to prioritise the protection of your data and systems. Once the migration process begins, work closely in communication with your MSP to understand the process and progress of your move to the cloud.
In a time of constant development and innovation, cloud computing provides businesses with innumerable opportunities for growth, flexibility, and cost-saving. If you’re looking to migrate your business to a cloud-based infrastructure, the highlighted tips will undoubtably ensure a smooth and fast transition period. If you decide to migrate with the assistance of a managed IT support partner, then make certain that your MSP of choice is experienced in the provision of cloud-based services.
At Fitzrovia IT we specialise in providing cloud computing technologies – providing public, private and hybrid cloud solutions. If you wish to chat to one of our IT experts about the possibility of migrating your business to a cloud-based infrastructure, then don’t hesitate to get in contact today.