5 Critical Tips for Your Cloud Migration
Migrating Your Cloud Services Will Fail Without These Steps
Cloud computing can save money. This is just one of many reasons more and more businesses are moving their data and software (if possible) to the cloud. For some legacy systems, this can be quite a task to pull off successfully. Reading the five crucial tips for cloud migration below will make sure you're headed in the right direction and have success in your mission.
What You Need to Do
Here are five essential things you need to make sure you do if you want your cloud migration to go smoothly.
Gather Data / Ask Questions - Before you begin, you need to have a very accurate look at what systems are currently running, how they work together and a lot more. If you don't understand something, asking questions from different departments will give you the information you need to successfully migrate everything to the cloud.
- Avoid Large Packages - Vendors are going to try to get you to buy their biggest package or bundle of services and hardware - even if you don't need it. This is their job. Don't hate them too much for it. Just make sure you stick to your guns and only sign-up for what you absolutely need. For most businesses, this is not going to be the full package.
- Take it Slowly - Migrating to cloud servers is an involved process that needs to be completed in a specific order one step at a time. By breaking everything down into manageable tasks and handling them one at a time, you're going to have a better chance of not running into problems during the migration.
- Go Legal - Having lawyers look into data that may be stored in foreign countries is a good idea. Because you never know exactly where you data will be stored at any given time, you need to make sure you're following the laws and regulations in all the countries used by your vendor or provider. This costs money, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
- Choose the Model Early - Before you make a decision about which vendor to go with for cloud computing, it's important to learn more about the different types of models that are used by vendors to decide what services you get and how much you pay. Whether it's Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS), you need to know early which one you're going to be dealing with during the migration.
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