Migrating to the cloud is no longer a new concept. Businesses of every size are either housing workloads in the cloud or they have plans to do so in the near future. While each enterprise has its own priorities for moving to the cloud, the overarching theme is that in many cases, the cloud solution is superior to the on-site, legacy system. Consider these common reasons for migrating to the cloud:
Remote access: No matter where an employee is working, as long as they have a valid log-in and connectivity, they have access to systems. Cloud solutions make it easier for an increasingly mobile workforce to work productively and collaborate with team members, no matter their location.
Maturity: The cloud is a matured technology. It’s no longer a risky move to place workloads in the cloud, because it is tested and has proven to be effective and even provide a strategic advantage in areas like agility, flexibility and innovation.
Cost: Initial discussions of cloud migration focused heavily on cost, but it turns out that while cost savings are important, they pale in comparison to the disruptive nature of the advantages that cloud solutions offer. While cost is now rarely the main priority in a cloud move, cloud does offer lower maintenance costs, the ability to pay for only the number of users needed, and the advantage of categorizing monthly subscription fees as operating expenses rather than a single capital investment.
These are just a few of the main reasons enterprises are migrating to the cloud. There are also some variations in the “how” of cloud migration:
Lift and shift: This method of moving to the cloud simply picks up a workload and places it in the cloud, without making any major changes to the code or otherwise. In many enterprises, the first cloud migration is to a cloud data center, and a lift-and-shift is usually done in a Software as a Service arrangement, in which the management of the solution is handled by a cloud provider.
Lift and refit: This model of cloud migration takes the on-site solution and moves it to the cloud, making adjustments to code and infrastructure to support optimal performance as needed.
Cloud native: Your enterprise may choose to stop using a legacy system and instead move to a cloud native solution that has been designed specifically for use in the cloud. These solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with other cloud technology and may offer a good option to companies that have a legacy system that will no longer be supported or one that no longer fits their needs.
As your enterprise considers a move to the cloud, it’s important to remember that, while cloud solutions tend to be highly secure, they do present a different set of security vulnerabilities than those present in a legacy system. The security plane is broadened, there are more endpoints, and you may not have as much visibility or control over your data. You’ll need a comprehensive business continuity and security strategy in place as you migrate to the cloud.
Before you embark on a cloud migration, contact us at Cory Communications. We will help you evaluate your requirements for a cloud solution and work with you throughout selection, testing and implementation to ensure you have a seamless transition to the cloud.