Heading to the Cloud: How Cloud migration happens

By Sean
8th November 2017

It seems like everyone has their head in the Cloud these days.

Ever since the emergence of internet based, off premises data storage, application processing and network management services, the stream of companies moving their computing away from on-premises servers to the Cloud has gained an irresistible momentum.

By the end of the decade, half of all SMEs are expected to run their IT operations entirely in the Cloud. The business benefits of so-called Cloud migration are hard to dispute – low capital outlay on computing infrastructure, better economies of scale, flexibility of access and reduced risk of system error or failure thanks to management by IT specialists.

So what do you need to know about migrating to the Cloud? And how can an IT support specialist like WellData help?

Preparing for Cloud Migration
The first step in migrating to Cloud is deciding what stays and what goes. Your IT system will be built around a variety of databases, servers and, of course, software programmes and applications.

Some of these may be better kept in house – you may be using legacy systems which are not suited to the Cloud, or you may have sensitive data stored securely under bespoke protections which will not transfer over easily.

Creating a so-called Hybrid system mixing and matching Cloud operations with in-house IT management is a common stepping-stone into the Cloud.

A migration project should also be considered in the same way as any business project – it should be driven by an identifiable business need and deliver measurable benefits to the business.

It is therefore very important to fully understand the costs and ongoing liabilities involved with Cloud migration. While the upfront and obvious operational costs of Cloud services are low, and third party management of IT specialist can add value, you should audit the potential performance impact on your business.

This should include and training and development needs necessary to get staff working efficiently with new Cloud based technology.
A Helping Hand
Cloud service providers are not just there to manage your contracts, they can provide invaluable support in ensuring your decision to migrate to the Cloud is the right one for your business, and help you get the best from it.

WellData has supported many companies through their cloud migration projects. Our aims are simple:

● To help you choose the system which best suits your business.
● To guide you through migration with the minimum of disruption.
● To save our clients’ money whilst increasing efficiency and productivity.

The key considerations for any business looking to complete a Cloud migration are data security, business continuity and ensuring a smooth, controlled process. Seeking a professional Cloud partner can help guarantee all of these are met.

At WellData, we are happy to help clients with everything from simply transferring their databases onto Cloud servers, to hosting and managing your Cloud network. Get in touch to find out more about our Cloud services.

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