5 Things You Should Think About When Migrating to the Cloud (Managed IT Services)

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When it comes to digital storage of the vital parts your small business, the Cloud is going to be your best friend.

But if for years, you’ve been doing it the old-fashioned way with external hard drives and flash drives, and with all of the information swirling around out on the internet, it can be hard to know where to start.

That’s where this education on the Cloud comes in!

Here are five things you should think about when it comes to migrating your small business’ assets and data to the Cloud.

Why You’re Moving to the Cloud

When making a huge change in your company, it’s always wise to, as Simon Sinek once said, start with why.

One of the number one reasons most companies move to the cloud is a bit of an obvious one: security. In a constantly changing world, with more advanced algorithms, data is more and more accessible to the public. In order to protect your data, many cloud solutions have built-in security programs to keep your data private and for your use only. The Cloud can also increase efficiency when it comes to your company operations.

Most cloud solutions are extremely easy to use and have proven to make teams in your business more productive and more collaborative.

The Cloud Platform You Want to Use

Microsoft Azure, VMWare, AWS…the options are endless when it comes to cloud solutions and platforms.

Do your research when it comes to decide which platform is right for you and ask yourself about the needs of you and your company when it comes to storage. Want an ally to make sure you’re asking all the right questions?

Reach out to us, Your Technology Partner, and we can help you wade through the murky waters of choosing the right solution for you and we can even help in the migration process.

The Migration Strategy You Want to Implement

Just like there are many different cloud platforms to choose from, there are also many different migration strategies to choose from.

Five popular migration strategies are rehosting, refactoring, rebuilding, revising, and replacing. This can include anything from simply taking your existing data applications and placing them on cloud servers or rebuilding the code base of your data to fit with the new cloud system. We can help.

Prepping for an Audit

When you’re moving big data around, it’s wise to prepare yourself for things like compliance and security audits.

Even if one doesn’t come, it’s better to get everything in line when it comes to presenting your data, traffic history, passwords, etc. It might seem a daunting task, but again, with a little help from us, as well as good preparation, it’ll all be worth it when it comes to audit time.

Be Aware of Compliance

Along with preparing for that audit, it’s a good idea to be aware of your compliance strategy.

Make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your data secure as you migrate it over to the cloud as well as, back to #2, pick the right place to put all your data. Review your infrastructures and your data retention policies. This will all make that impending audit a lot less stressful and keep you calm when an event strikes your cloud environment.

Need help with understanding and migrating to the cloud? Contact us to learn how we can guide you in this process.

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