Migrating to the cloud has been a recurring decimal in the present day business environment. There are so many benefits of migrating your business to the cloud. For instance, you can incorporate artificial intelligence using your data in the cloud to automate so many of your mundane business processes.
If there are repetitive tasks that are making your employee not productive, you can introduce artificial intelligence to your business processes to streamline things and open up more opportunities for your employees to be highly productive; and as such, you will make more revenue compared to doing things the traditional way.
The cloud is an important enabler for so many digital transformations, plus it also allows businesses and companies to embrace new Innovations like artificial intelligence, big data analytics, machine learning, Edge computing, blockchain, as well as the internet of things (IoT). However, despite the benefits and gains of migrating a business to the cloud, the reality is that many businesses do not know the best practices to migrate their operation to the cloud.
Recent statistics and research show that so many medium and small businesses do not have the wherewithal and the right information to migrate their services to the cloud. They are either cutting corners or outsourcing the role to an incompetent person to help them migrate their business processes and business data to the cloud.
One thing is certain: if you do not get the process of migrating to the cloud right, every other thing that you do on top of migrating to the cloud will be considered inconsequential.
So, if you are a business person looking to migrate your business operation to the cloud, then you are in the right place. Today, we will hold you by the hands and walk you through the different things you should put into perspective before you consider migrating your business or business data to the cloud.
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Public cloud vs. Private cloud vs. Hybrid cloud vs. Multi-cloud
The first thing to consider when migrating to the cloud is to decide whether you’ll be using the public or private cloud, as well as a hybrid or multi-cloud. Once you have made up your mind on the type of cloud you want to migrate to, every other process will become very simple and seamless. We have seen several reports and research pointing to the fact that so many businesses are not getting it right when it comes to migration to the cloud. The biggest mistake they are making is to put the wrong workloads in the wrong cloud.
This can be a big distraction to your business growth if you also make this same mistake. So identifying the type of cloud you want to migrate to is an easy first step. You need to give serious consideration to this step before every other thing follows. Furthermore, it is important for you to understand that not every app that your business uses is cloud-friendly. It is also important for you to understand that not all apps work best on a public cloud, there are some apps that will give their better performance when they operate in a private or hybrid cloud.
If you are a large organisation using in-house and standard applications then, it is important to invest in public cloud. Migrating to the cloud does not directly translate to the fact that you need to forfeit all the previous investment you have made in data storage and data management assets.
If you migrate to hybrid cloud, you will benefit from cloud automation and privacy that private cloud offers. Using multi-cloud is a situation where you combine several public clouds and a few private clouds to work for the betterment of your organisation. This is very different from using only a hybrid cloud, which means having at least one public and at least one private cloud and processing the application together.
Avoiding The Lift and Shift Mentality
Does your business operate within the terrain of your business regulations? Do you have a well-articulated service or product catalogue? Understanding the products or services that you offer to your customers will give you an edge over other brands when migrating to the cloud.
It is important that you understand that migrating to the cloud will not automatically make your business more agile, rather it provides superior cyber security to your business and personal data so that cyber-criminals cannot easily penetrate or breach your business protocols.
As such, understanding the interdependencies between the application that your business relies on and how all of this system works is very crucial before migrating to the cloud. Lift and shift approach can contribute to the speeding up of your cloud migration processes. Some considerations include access control, user authentication, latency insensitivity, queries, and the volume of data that you are about to move to the cloud.
Understand vendor risk management
Another serious consideration when migrating to the cloud is to understand vendor risk management. So many businesses view cloud companies just on the surface without asking important questions that will help them migrate their business operation to the cloud with ease. Some of the questions you should consider asking your vendor before subscribing to their cloud migration package include;
- What is the history of outages?
- What format will I get my data if I possibly migrate them now?
- How can I stop using your service if I decide to opt out now?
- Is your service expendable using other APIs?
- What happens in the event of a cyber security breach or attack?
- Will your service support a private-public or multi-cloud environment at any scale?
These are some of the salient questions you should get handy before approaching a vendor and planning to migrate your business processes to the cloud. Once you get answers to all of these questions, you are definitely on a good path, and you will enjoy all the benefits that come with migrating your business data and your personal data to the cloud. Additionally, you will enjoy robust security since it will be very difficult for cyber criminals and internet fraudsters to penetrate your business activity and IT support.
There you have it. Migrating to the cloud is very simple and straightforward. While it comes with so many benefits, you need to consider what we have discussed above so that you enjoy a seamless migration to the cloud.
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