You’ve been hearing for months and years that your business should be moving its infrastructure and documentation onto a cloud platform. But now that you’ve finally decided to take the plunge, you’re unsure of what the next step might be.
Making the switch to a cloud platform is not a task to be taken lightly. You cannot simply announce to your teams that they should use Microsoft SharePoint from now on, and expect things to carry on as normal.
When your business is ready to make the move to the cloud, your first step should be putting together a Cloud Migration Strategy with the help of cloud migration service providers like Solid Systems.
Cloud Migration is the process that a business will follow to move their systems onto a cloud environment. Having a strategy in place ensures that apps, infrastructure and data are moved across to cloud storage in a structured manner. This allows for minimal downtime, as systems critical to your operations can be prioritised, and reduces the likelihood of data being duplicated unnecessarily.
There are a number of different approaches that companies can take to cloud migration. The best approach for your business will depend on the extent of the migration, as well as the systems that need to be moved across. Often companies will even take a hybrid approach to cloud data migration, moving different systems across to the cloud in a variety of ways for a unique and comprehensive cloud migration strategy:
Move your systems directly onto the cloud without making any adjustments. Rehosted cloud migration services are not suitable for legacy systems or software without cloud support.
Migrate and optimise your apps and infrastructure to take advantage of a cloud environment.
Invest in new cloud-based systems rather than migrating existing apps and software.
Take existing systems and rebuild or develop them with cloud environments and functionality in mind.
Migrate some systems to the cloud while maintaining others on-premises.
Phase-out systems that no longer serve a purpose for your business.
Any business can make the move to the cloud. But businesses who make the move after careful considering and planning which cloud migration solutions they should use find themselves at a great advantage:
Any change to the way a business operates comes with a certain amount of risk. By thoroughly planning out your cloud migration strategy, you greatly reduce the risk to your company during the migration process with the help of cloud backup services, and even reduce the risk of complications like duplicated data and incompatibility arising once your systems are on a cloud environment.
By prioritising the migration of critical systems and processes, you can ensure that your operations continue largely uninterrupted. You can even schedule the relocation for a time that will cause the least inconvenience, ensuring that any service interruption that might occur will have the least possible impact for your business and your clientele.
Having a thorough plan in place that details the systems to be moved, where they are being migrated to, and who is responsible for their relocation, will ensure that the right people are aware of actions that need to be taken well in advance. This, in turn, will ensure optimal efficiency in getting your systems migrated as quickly and effectively as possible.
A carefully considered cloud migration strategy can be the difference between maintaining status quo and enhancing operations. By embracing the benefits of cloud environments, your business will have accessed to enhanced functionality that can see you exceeding your goals.
Leave your own legacy by modernising your business. Don’t rely on legacy systems – move to the cloud today!
When you work with Cloud Migration Companies like Solid Systems, you’re doing more than simply moving from on-premises to cloud solutions. In our almost two decades of operation as an IT company in South Africa, we have found the perfect formula for helping businesses embrace cloud services in their own unique ways, thanks to this three-pronged approach to cloud migration:
We begin by analysing your existing environment and physical infrastructure. This helps us understand:
Once your existing systems have been assessed, it’s time to begin the move to a cloud environment. Our highly qualified IT pros will use proven, best of breed tools to move your databases, servers and apps to the cloud, ensuring maximum uptime and optimum efficiency.
Finally, when the migration itself is complete, we begin optimisation. This gives you a feel for your newly migrated system by running simulations that highlight the enhanced benefits you now have access to. From efficient operations, reduced expenditure, improved functionality and risk management, to added security and easier scalability — this is where you get to experience it all first-hand.
As a Microsoft Gold Certified organisation, Solid Systems is perfectly placed to help you with the right remote working solution for your business. We’re just a click away, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
Since 2003, we have specialised in delivering leading technology solutions and offering guidance to organisations in South Africa and abroad, in the most human way possible.
We love technology and the exciting ways that it evolves, and are constantly improving the tools that we use. But humans are at the heart of our business. That’s why we value each relationship and prioritise a personal approach, finding solutions that deliver results for your company in the best way possible.
With our highly skilled and passionate professionals behind us, and the latest and most sophisticated tools at their disposal, we ensure that the businesses we work with are constantly evolving, and can step into the future with confidence.