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Smooth cloud migrations require the right strategy and the right partner

At any given time, it is easy to find conflicting accounts of the utility of cloud computing. While the overall trend is undeniably positive, there are plenty of reports of companies struggling with cloud adoption. That’s to be expected for any relatively new technology as it gains traction in the mainstream. However, one of the key commonalities among many of these negative cloud stories is a misguided approach. For all its benefits, there’s no denying that the cloud can be complex, and the wrong strategy could severely undermine its value.

One key area where these problems tend to crop up is in the realm of migration. This is a critical aspect of successful cloud deployments, but one which can cause a lot of problems if handled incorrectly. For a smooth cloud migration, companies need the right strategy, as well as the right partner.

Migration worries

For many organizations, migrating IT into the cloud is an extremely stressful process. And there’s a good reason for this: Problematic migrations can have a serious, negative impact on the company’s overall cloud effort.

There are a number of things which can go wrong when conducting a cloud migration. First and foremost, there’s the risk of lost data. Considering how important data is for corporate success, and the sheer amount of information that businesses now collect and utilize, any data loss can prove seriously damaging. Firms can not only lose valuable intellectual property, but also may run afoul of regulatory agencies if the lost data violates compliance standards.

Beyond data loss, there are many other complications which can arise when migrating an IT infrastructure into the cloud. Processes may be disrupted, leading to network downtime or even a loss or employee productivity.

Migration solutions

While these potential complications scare away some business leaders from pursuing cloud computing, and cause problems for many others, the fact of the matter is that many issues can be avoided altogether. By working with a high-quality, reliable third-party cloud services provider, firms can conduct their cloud migrations quickly, smoothly and without incident.

“With this preparation, the risk of unexpected surprises cropping up plummets dramatically.”

One of the hallmarks of a successful cloud migration strategy is an assessment. Before any of the specifics of the migration are considered, the company and partner firm should evaluate the former’s IT infrastructure thoroughly to understand exactly what needs to be moved and what kind of impact the migration will have. With this preparation, the risk of unexpected surprises cropping up plummets dramatically. This information and insight can lead directly to a more optimized, effective migration plan.

Another key component of successful migration is the use of temporary services. Many high-quality cloud service providers will offer equipment and facilities that the company can use during the cloud migration process. This eliminates the need for downtime, while also providing the opportunity for a more gradual migration, complete with robust testing.

With this prep work and the right partner firm, cloud migration can be a breeze, allowing a company to take full advantage of the cloud immediately and without risk.

About Chris Bateman

Chris Bateman
As a Cloud Specialist at Datapipe, Chris has extensive knowledge of both innovative and proven cloud infrastructure. Through his work advising enterprise clients on solution options and best practice for implementing hybrid IT, he has a unique understanding of industry trends. Chris writes about a range of hot topics on how best to diversify your cloud solution, including multi-cloud strategies, optimizing hybrid IT solutions, and the evolution of MSPs.

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