Migrating your organization’s IT workload to cloud is a crucial decision and immediately alters the way you operate the business. With the current pandemic bringing changes at an increasing pace, we are forced to make quick decisions and this has accelerated the need for cloud migration for many companies.
Cloud migration being a complex process, before the migration lot of things need to be calculated like:
- Which cloud service providers best meet your needs?
- How would you calculate the cost of cloud migration and operation?
- How to ensure service continuity during and after the move?
- What kind of security measures should be taken and how to be prepared?
There are several key considerations that businesses must think about while planning for cloud migration, but we will discuss 5 significant considerations that need to be considered before migrating to the cloud:
Your organization should assess its readiness before cloud migration and this requires few preparations like outlining cloud migration plan, training the employees on operating the cloud environment, ensuring applications and processes are compatible with cloud, and have the right security protocols in place.
Cloud workload analysis
While migrating workloads to the cloud, some may not be appropriate to move. Before migrating, you need to ensure up-to-date versions of the operating system and database. Systems that are phased out or nearing expiry will not be supported by the Cloud Service Providers.
Disaster recovery and back up policies
Organizations need to be prepared for any kind of disaster be it hardware failures, cyber-attacks, or natural calamities. Business continuity in times of disasters depends largely on the ability to replicate the systems and data. Hence, organizations need to evaluate their back up policies and ways to map them with their Cloud Service Providers.
Migrating your data and storing it in the cloud needs to be safe and secure. While data is being transitioned from one system to the other you need to ensure that it is properly secured. Organizations should coordinate with the service providers for the implementation of well-defined security policies.
Access to Cloud service
Access to the data and applications by your users will change once migrated to the cloud. Hence, at the time of the cloud migration planning phase, the user experience impact needs to be assessed and considered.
Embrace the right Cloud Migration journey for your organization
These are just a few of the important things that must be considered before you migrate to the cloud. For a successful cloud migration, an organization needs to have an elaborate cloud migration strategy and definite business goals. Cloud migration when implemented in a phased manner minimizes the impact on the existing customers of the organization.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing measures were put in place with most of the workforce being forced to work from home. As most of the organizations were not prepared for this situation, this is when cloud automation platforms helped the most.
How choosing the right cloud platform (Public, Private, or Hybrid) is essential, similarly selecting the right Cloud Service Provider is also equally important. With a competent cloud team, AgilizTech can help you in implementing the right cloud infrastructure and hosting environment ensuring benefits like flexibility, scalability, data redundancy, enhanced availability, cost efficiency among others.