A cloud migration strategy is a critical part of every technology lifecycle management plan. It allows organizations to understand how the elements of its IT infrastructure will function in a new environment, and simplifies the process of application migration to the Cloud.
The cloud also enables data and applications to be accessed on-demand from anywhere and helps companies experience considerable cost savings and faster innovation.
Application Migration to the Cloud
With the ever-growing dependence on the internet of things (IoT), we rely on the internet to manage most areas of our lives and demand that applications operate faster, with little downtime or interruption. Businesses using the cloud can provide better customer experiences with constant innovation and faster turnaround times for launching apps— and scale infrastructure according to changing demands.
By moving to the cloud, organizations can transition technology lifecycle management from a rigid on-premise infrastructure to an environment that allows for agile growth. This eliminates costs related to IT infrastructure maintenance and labor, allowing you to focus on value-generating activities that bring in more revenue, rather than maintenance and replacement.
What is a Cloud Migration Strategy?
Cloud migration, at its core, is the process of moving data, applications, and other business processes and environments from on-premise IT infrastructure to the cloud (i.e. a hosted infrastructure or off-site data center).
Over the last two decades, businesses have migrated from server to server, steadily improving IT environments and technology lifecycle management. Today, the promised land is within reach. Organizations are finally retiring old servers in favor of public cloud providers like Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure Cloud.
The Two Keys To a Painless Cloud Migration
Most companies who choose to migrate to the cloud do so because they want to benefit from the cloud’s agility, mobility, scalability, flexibility, and high availability. Despite this, there are still many businesses who haven’t made the jump because the process is daunting.
Just like any new phase of business development, there are growing pains associated with application migration to the Cloud. Common fears revolve around keeping data safe, applications intact, and core business operations running smoothly both during and after the migration.
The key to ensuring your cloud migration is a success is to start with a plan: A Cloud Migration Strategy. As long as you have both strategy and support, you’re golden.
Application migration to the Cloud is not a one-size-fits-all process. It’s about understanding your requirements and finding the right cloud provider and solution to meet the demands of your workload, security requirements, budget, and business goals.
Cloud migration is like building a bridge between where you are now and where you’d like your business to be in the future. You should thoroughly and strategically engineer your migration to ensure you meet all of your IT and business goals.
You don’t have to implement (or even come up with) your cloud migration strategy on your own. You can use migration services offered by Managed Service Providers to leverage their insight, experience, and lessons learned. Services you may want to get expert support with include:
- Cloud Readiness Assessment
- Cloud Audit
- Cloud Strategy
- Cloud Vendor Selection and Contract Management
- Cloud Migration Strategy and Services
- And on-going Cloud Management and Expense Management.
A Managed Service Provider can give dedicated attention to your migration, stepping aside only when the bridge is sturdy enough for you to speed across, top down, the wind in your hair, into that dazzling new city that was once out of reach.
The Benefits of Moving to the Cloud
Transitioning to the cloud brings an improved technology experience where data and applications can be accessed on-demand from anywhere. And an organization taking advantage of the Cloud will often see ROI within the first year, with the added benefit of simplifying just about every area of its business.
Compared to the costs of maintaining and replacing on-site hardware and licensing, upgrading, and configuring software, the utility and pay-as-you-use subscription pricing models of most cloud providers offer significant capital and operational savings. And the benefits don’t stop there. Cloud migrations have been known to:
- Enhance legacy applications by providing the opportunity to upgrade, redesign, and add new features
- Kick off mobile applications and development by setting up a stable API in the Cloud
- Enable deeper integration (and better user experience) of all your tools and platforms
- Make employees happier and more productive by enabling greater mobility
Give companies flexibility to use only what they need, and scale up the moment they’re ready
- Spur steady improvements in efficiency, security, storage, and performance
- Look for Cloud Migration Heroes, and Follow in Their Footsteps
Whether engaging an in-house IT team or recruiting outside expertise, there are always going to be companies with Cloud migration horror stories to tell, and just as many Cloud providers who make promises what they can’t deliver on.
If you’re nervous about embracing the Cloud, talk to someone who has already done it. The best way to find a trustworthy service provider is to look at the businesses it has worked with, and the value, efficiency, and agility the cloud migration has brought to its clients. The proof will be in the results.
LinkSource provides strategic and advisory services enabling organizations to achieve their business goals and objectives. LinkSource Technologies believes that migrating to new technologies should be a seamless and simple experience for their clients. We partner with organizations to identify their unique business requirements and advise on secure, reliable, cost-effective solutions.
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