Migration to the cloud is becoming an increasingly frequent topic. Many companies have already placed at least some of their applications in the cloud. The trend is rising.
Operation in the cloud offers more possibilities, flexibility and a very high availability of almost 100%. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.
How long will you be offline?
To move the data and applications, the current infrastructure must be switched off. It is important to plan exactly how much downtime can be coped with. It is not possible to give a general idea of the exact time span, but a weekend should at least be taken into account.
Is there an emergency plan?
Cloud applications (SaaS) and cloud infrastructure (IaaS) can also cause errors and problems.
It must be ensured that you have a disaster recovery plan for this case. You should also think about your backup strategy.
What can you bring to the cloud?
Not all applications and data are suitable for operation in the cloud. It should be ensured that all applications are up-to-date and meet the requirements. If necessary, old legacy applications should be replaced by modern applications.
Outsourcing or do it yourself?
In the first moment it will seem meaningful and more favorable to carry out the conversion itself, but already with small enterprises the migration is a larger project. Means: It makes sense to get external support that already has experience with migration to the cloud and can help to avoid typical stumbling blocks.
How much will it cost?
Cloud computing and cloud applications offer more possibilities than traditional IT. You can also benefit from one (or more) state-of-the-art data centers with redundant infrastructure. Although the costs for cloud users are always a deterrent, migration is cheaper than building your own data center.