Five Factors to Consider When Migrating Data and Processes to the Cloud

Are you considering migrating your data to the cloud? And, if so, are you struggling with how to proceed? Moving from your current infrastructure to the cloud requires a strategic approach but, if done right, can increase your company’s efficiency while simultaneously saving costs.

Over the next few weeks, we will discuss five factors to consider to ensure successful migration to the cloud.  We have outlined them briefly below.

  1. Why do you need to consider migrating to the cloud?

You have to be clear on your reason(s) for wanting to migrate to the cloud, as it can be a highly disruptive and costly exercise if not done right but, with the right approach, migrating to the cloud will yield several business advantages. As a point of departure, you need to assess your existing IT infrastructure, the applications you use, the resources and the costs.  

  1. Conduct a SWOT analysis

As mentioned above, migrating to the cloud can be disruptive and is under the best of circumstances a big undertaking. Once you have identified your reason(s) for migrating to the cloud, and have established that this is indeed the right move, the next step is to conduct an assessment of the benefits and disadvantages of migrating to the cloud. This can be done using a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, which we will explain in more detail in our subsequent posts.  

  1. Select the correct cloud partner

Choosing the right cloud partner can mean the difference between successfully migrating to the cloud and a disaster disrupting operations and potentially losing data. When considering the right cloud partner for your organization, you should focus on a partner with previous experience working on similar projects with comparable clients and one with a certified team, if possible.

  1. Select the appropriate cloud platform

The first step is to determine your specific business needs. This could include the type of data that you wish to store, the number of connected devices and your budget. Your next consideration is the type of cloud that will best serve your business needs. In this regard, you can choose from public-, private-, hybrid– or multi-cloud environments.

 5Select the right cloud service provider

Once you have made the decision to migrate to the cloud, the next step is choosing which cloud service provider to trust with your data. When migrating to the cloud, it will affect your organization and it is therefore important to remember that your cloud service provider will do the same. Considerations when choosing a cloud service provider include storage space, backup frequency, uptime, security and support.

In our next post, we will discuss in detail the reasons why you need to consider migrating to the cloud and how CloudOak can assist you to make this a smooth, disaster-free transition. With a 100% “channel only” approach, we source and integrate technology solutions for the channel implemented for emerging SMEs and MSPs, and recover any organization’s data and applications.  Should you need a partner to assist you to move to secure cloud backup, talk to our team today.