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Moving Your Business to The Cloud

If you’re considering moving your business applications and data to the cloud, you’re not alone. There is a lot of upside, particularly in today’s business environment.

First, cloud computing is a very cost-efficient solution.  When you host software locally, you have to invest in the server required, whether you’re fully utilizing that server or not.  But, if the software is hosted in the cloud you only have to pay for what you use.

Also, as your business grows it allows you to easily scale up based on your system needs.  If you’re adding employees or software, you can spin up servers virtually very quickly to handle the increased load.

Third, you have access, anytime, anywhere you choose to be, which opens up tremendous opportunities for remote work and greater efficiency.  In today’s business world, this is a huge plus.  When the move to remote employees happened, our clients who were already in the cloud had a much smoother transition than the ones without.

Finally, consider security.  Data loss is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when – and, unfortunately, it happens to every company, big or small.

More than half of businesses locate their disaster/backup systems in the same physical location as their primary system.  This could be disastrous.  If you only have one copy of your system’s backup at your office, and your hardware fails or a breach occurs, then a backup is completely useless. Ironically, it turns out that the safest place to be during a storm (whether literal or figurative) is “in the cloud.”

So, let’s say you’ve finally agreed that it’s time to move to the cloud – where do you start?

6 Tips To Help You Move Your Business To The Cloud:

  • First off, moving to the cloud doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing process. Companies that weren’t “born in the cloud,” meaning any company more than a couple years old, need a plan for transitioning to the cloud. Set your plan first and then start to slowly move your data to the cloud. You don’t have to move at warp speed, so it’s ok to take your time.  Remember, you can always operate your business in a hybrid cloud environment (some items on site, some in the cloud) for as long as you need.
  • Make sure you know your data. Truly understand what is going on before you begin to move your data and applications.  Say you’re going to sell your house; you first need to clean and organize your belongings before putting them all away in storage.  Same exact concept when it comes to transitioning to the cloud: clean and organize before you store.  You may find that while a software works in the cloud, but it experiences extensive lag and downtime.  Knowing this before you make a move will significantly reduce frustration.
  • Be aware of your options. Public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud? We walked you through what those options mean in our previous blog about the benefits of the cloud.  Go check it out, we’ll wait for you…All caught up? Great!  So, as I was saying, you need to know your options and think about how much storage, bandwidth, and support you want to pay for.  Make sure you tailor your cloud service to best fit your company’s needs.  What works for someone else might not work for you and vice versa.
  • Do your research. Here’s the reality: we have heard and experienced the effects of far too many subpar cloud solution horror stories. Companies that were put up on a half-built cloud solution eventually had to return to their on-premise solutions.  With unreliable cloud partners, comes hidden costs such as unexpected fees for the overuse.  Choose a reliable provider.
  • Define key roles. Who will have access?  Who can add, delete, or modify data?  What responsibilities belong to who and how will this change with the cloud?  It is crucial to know your staff’s access limitations.
  • Add encryption. Most cloud service providers offer encryption features such as service-side encryption to manage your encryption keys.  Who controls and has access to these encryption keys?  What data is being is being encrypted and when?  Ultimately, you decide how safe your solution is.

While the road ahead may be bumpy, with these tips in mind, you can begin moving your business processes to the cloud safely and efficiently with the support of the right IT services team.

If you’re still looking for the right IT Managed Services partner, Innergi can help.  We have many clients on hybrid and full cloud solutions.  And we can help set you up for success with the right cloud solution for your business.