When considering a move from technology on-premises to the cloud, there are many pros and cons to consider. Although the cost savings and performance improvements can be huge, many worry about the security aspects and whether data will be securely protected.
Benefits of Moving to the Cloud
With no longer any requirement to own, maintain and support the hardware and software to run your business, it can be a much cheaper option. It also removes the need to have licences for software applications, and you will also be able to call on the expertise of the cloud providers if there are any issues.
The performance of your systems will always be excellent as the providers will continually be attempting to run with the most up-to-date and fastest technology.
Security worries can also be allayed due to the insistence of many governmental departments and highly regulated industry giants that use the cloud. There are many specific industry standards and regulations that need to be complied with, and these safeguards will be common throughout the cloud, which means your data security will benefit also.
Preparing to Move to the Cloud
The best way to start moving your technology from on-premises to the cloud is to start splitting out different aspects and transferring them piecemeal. Although this means that the migration will take a considerable amount of time, this is the safest way to ensure that productivity and functionality is not lost, and more importantly, your data is kept safe and secure.
The first stage should be to copy your existing data onto the cloud for side-by-side working. This can cause issues because of different data modelling on the cloud (data types not being identical but is essential to get right before continuing with your migration, for example). Secondly, you should replicate your business processes for comparison and correction if there are any differences. Once this is done, you can go about moving systems over to the cloud one by one. This culminates in a final stage where your main data and processing is all on the cloud, at which point you can decommission anything left in-house.
Although this is complicated, a professional cloud services provider in London with the requisite experience will have no trouble taking you through it.
If you use technology on-premises and would like to know more about migrating your infrastructure in part or even completely over to the cloud, get in touch with us at Wem Technology. Our IT experts can walk you through the pros and cons of moving and how it relates to your particular business. Contact us today for more information.