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Essential steps to ensure efficient cloud migration for business

Do you have any systems that can operate independently of one another and be moved without affecting other components?

French cloud computing pioneer OVHcloud data centre in Beauharnois on the outskirts of Montreal. - © AFP/File SPENCER PLATT
French cloud computing pioneer OVHcloud data centre in Beauharnois on the outskirts of Montreal. - © AFP/File SPENCER PLATT

Since the introduction of cloud computing, a large number of businesses have increasingly come to rely upon it. There are several benefits to adopting the cloud: It may be used to make information more accessible, improve staff collaboration, and, most importantly, remove the need for hardware to securely store data.

Unfortunately, migrating to cloud is not always easy for aspirant firms. Not only will the procedure take a large amount of time and money, but it may also generate issues with the software currently in common use. There are, however, a few key steps businesses can consider to make the process cloud migration seamless and successful.

Determine what can be migrated

Businesses should not assume that they must migrate everything all at once. Even though an IT manager may be compelled to migrate the whole infrastructure for compliance reasons or to replace old servers, it is frequently better to divide things up into smaller chunks.

In these circumstances it is useful to ask: ‘Do you have any systems that can operate independently of one another and be moved without affecting other components?

If possible, consider migrating accounting software, ERP (enterprise resource planning tool), or telephone systems to the cloud. This could reduce the number of issues and make the change gradual and easier to manage.

Choose what to rebuild and relocate

The “lift-and-shift” concept allows for the relatively simple migration of certain duties to the cloud. Many servers and apps, for example, may be transferred in their present condition, typically with just a little vendor support.

However, if a program has not been updated in a while, it is typically advisable to start from scratch and build a new version of it using cloud computing. IT managers may make the switch to the new version of the application when it has been extensively tested in the cloud, where it can also be safely tested.

Identify key stakeholders

IT leaders must determine the key players who will be involved with or affected by each stage of your cloud migration. This may be accomplished by considering who will be participating. You don’t want to exclude someone who is necessary.

When planning a shift to the cloud, the most important people can be put into three groups: internal, external, and indirect stakeholders.

Employ a systematic action plan

The process opens up a slew of potentially troublesome scenarios and results. As a result, there is a risk of considerable disruption if IT managers do not handle their cloud migration properly.

When migrating to the cloud, using a methodical approach may help reduce the likelihood of avoidable interruptions happening throughout the process. However, IT managers should not assume they can simply take a standard model off the shelf and go from there.

The strategy for cloud migration should consider the company’s specific needs, as well as ensuring that all parties involved understand the extent of the process.

A useful question to ask is: ‘What kinds of applications will be migrated, and what types of infrastructure will be used?’ A thorough comprehension of this can make the transition much smoother than it would have been otherwise.

Make a timetable and stick to It

It is not atypical for technology projects to go behind schedule. To put it another way, they tend to absorb more of your money, resources, and time than was initially projected. As a result, IT managers must take precautionary actions to reduce the possibility of slippage. It is simpler to keep the process on track where there is a precise migration timeline.

When creating a migration timeline, it is necessary to keep the most important goals in mind. As a result, IT managers must plan out the sequence in which they will migrate the various components.

As a result of this measure being implemented, the migration operation will be less risk.

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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, business, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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