According to a LogicMonitor survey done in 2018, just over 70% of all businesses use one or more cloud-based applications or systems for their day to day tasks. They expect to see major growth in this regard and predict that by 2020, 83% of business functions will be cloud-based.
The first step in the direction of cloud-based systems or applications is typically email and storage. Many are familiar with the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox. People have become accustomed to having access to their data from various devices. Added features include advanced security as well as redundancy to prevent data loss in case of downtime due to unforeseen circumstances.
When it comes to migrating business systems, the process is a little more complex and business owners must consider a number of different criteria. Performance, security and administrative requirements all need consideration but in the end, you need to prioritise them based on your business needs. Follow these steps to get started.
Review Your IT Expenses
To own equipment, you’ll need to invest money as well as think about maintenance costs. Do a thorough assessment of your IT spending to find out where your money is going. A full-time on-site IT technician will cost you more than migrating resources to the cloud.
Consider Likely Cloud Components
Base your cloud management solution on the inventory you need to manage, both physical and virtual. You can do this by making a list of each component you access regularly, and then decide which ones would be best to migrate to the cloud.
Make Your Policies Cloud-Based
When you store data on-site only, access to it is controlled by a simple lock and key. In the cloud, you can access it from anywhere. Consider the policies you’ll need to implement including items concerning access, sessions, files and anything else that might improve user experience and security. Cloud-based policies can help you detect suspicious behaviours and activities as well as user violations.
It’s to be expected that performance is slower right after your transition to the cloud. To help with the transition we advise you to hire an experienced data migration provider like Netgen. Keep your employees in the loop and set realistic expectations.
Netgen is an authorized Acronis Service Provider in South Africa that can make your transition to the cloud as painless as possible. For more information or to start your journey to the cloud get in touch with Netgen today!