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Preparing your Business to Move to the Cloud

There have been several surveys conducted revealing that approximately 70% of enterprises either have infrastructure or applications in the cloud.


Whether you are a business that is already utilizing the cloud, looking to expand usage or making its initial move, there’s a certain amount of preparation to do to avoid unexpected glitches and challenges to make the process smoother. With some guidance, we have outlined some expectations IT may encounter.


When planning for a migration, it’s imperative to understand a business's current infrastructure, architecture and applications being considered for a move. Recognizing performance indicators can reveal adequacy or areas in need of improvement. Compatibility and security management should also be presented to IT and disclosed for any current behavior or resource capacity issues.


Supervision is key before a migration. Exposing any contractual arrangements or other SLA's  can reveal a need for budgetary management and costs.  Compatibility-wise, determine exactly what the cloud platform supports before migration and don’t make any assumptions.


If moving a database application for example, ensure the cloud platform supports the database’s size and accounts for version control, authentication support, and other factors. Understanding your provider’s tools in supporting your environment and workload is essential in the event of any unexpected issues.


Although cloud deployment can happen quickly and seamlessly, there can potentially be the introduction of immediate challenges enterprises aren’t prepared for. Being aware of escalating costs, unanticipated expenses, reliability issues, performance problems and compliance questions upfront is very essential.


One Step At A Time


For enterprises making an initial cloud move, start with a non-critical application and business process to minimize impact on your business.  Should a crisis strike, focusing on an initial growth period provides time and value to see how your provider works and align your own internal processes accordingly. This type of approach enables a business to gain cloud experience before migrating more critical applications.   It also allows a business to determine how well your provider meets SLAs and performance from a support and service standpoint.



Final Action Plan


Assess. Assess which applications and processes are being considered for the cloud and determine their specific requirements and what the organization hopes to achieve.


Weigh the options.  Evaluate various cloud providers to determine which ones interest the organization and how well their services match the organization’s requirements.


Think long-term. Beyond considering technical requirements, consider longer-term management and maintenance issues, including who in the organization will own the cloud service relationship and what will happen during emergencies.


Are you a business searching to move your services into a managed space?  Speak to one of our knowledgeable Systems Administration team members to answer some of your questions.