Business Migration in the cloud
Why migrate your business to the cloud? What to prepare for? What to look out for before starting migration? We will try to answer these and many other questions in the publication.
So why do you need to move to the cloud?
First of all, it is worth noting for yourself a number of advantages that cloud infrastructure allows you to learn:
Easy scalability. Compared to physical servers, which are limited by their hardware resource, cloud arrays allow you to quickly increase resource, for example, with a sharp increase in the company’s staff.
Economic benefit. If, for example, your server load temporarily decreases, you do not pay for idle spare capacity, but you can flexibly reduce the resource of the cloud server.
Ease of management. The virtualized functionality of your business is easy to migrate, scale, implement fault tolerance and security schemes.
No boundaries. The virtual working environment of your business allows you to organize the work of the team, regardless of the office, city or country where employees are located.
These are just the most obvious benefits that the cloud provides for the average business, and given the massive trends in virtualization of workflows and the transfer of all business functionality to cloud arrays, many owners and business leaders have already realized these benefits and rushed or took advantage.
What should you prepare before starting migration? What information to prepare?
First of all, you need to make a list of services (corporate mail, CRM, 1C, websites and corporate services) that are used by your company’s employees every day for business purposes. This will help the expert to quickly calculate the power required for the migration and plan the migration process itself.
Secondly, it is necessary to type as accurately as possible the applications that the company’s employees use at the moment (office suite, browsers, design or engineering programs, etc.). As the work environment will move to the cloud, it is necessary to foresee the options for migrating the software required for work. Moreover, there are programs that are tied to the hardware of your PCs or laptops or use hardware identification keys, and all these nuances should be taken into account in advance before migration. It is better to start this task by typing groups of employees according to their missions (accounting, managers, architects) in order to correctly assess the load that these groups will create on cloud resources.
Sometimes decisions are made to transfer the main part of the functionality to the cloud (1C, CRM, standard office applications), and individual programs that require serious computing power and / or are tied to hardware remain on office computers (this happens with programs for design, design or video renderer).
And, of course, it is necessary to think over the most suitable time for migration in order to carry out it as harmlessly and without downtime as possible. It is worth remembering that copying data to the cloud sometimes takes a lot of time (the speed of the Internet channel plays a significant role in this matter), it is better to calculate in advance the amount of data that is being prepared for the move and the speed of the channel.
What should a business owner or leader pay attention to?
Migration to the cloud is a great reason to put the infrastructure in order, systematize IT processes, and draw up a holistic IT concept. After all, there is often not enough time for these things and the uncontrolled growth of hardware and software arrays in offices directly affects the security of the local network (programs installed for personal purposes can open the external perimeter of the local network) on the cost of infrastructure support (unnecessary functionality requires more and more and more computer resources, and constant technical support translates into a round sum) on manageability and the ability to assess the threat of confidential information (after all, we often do not think about who stores what, how and where and where to send it later).