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Overcoming the challenges of moving to the cloud

While most businesses are aware of the benefits of cloud computing – improved scalability, elasticity and reduced costs – migrating to the cloud can still be rather intimidating.  IT teams looking to move to the cloud should adopt a “glass-half-full” rather than a “glass-half-empty” approach. Yes, finding the right cloud solution can be tricky, and it can be frightening to leave your on-premise systems behind, but once you’ve made the move, the rewards are great.

This blog outlines what IT managers can do to overcome some of the challenges they may encounter when moving to the cloud.

Choosing the right partner

Selecting a cloud vendor that offers you all the expertise and support you need is a bit like picking a suitable tennis partner. If you choose the wrong tennis buddy you’ll spend a lot of time hitting the ball across the court and never having it returned. Which is pretty pointless. IT managers and business execs must identify vendors that have the offerings and skills to compliment their business’ unique needs. As this partnership is likely to be a lengthy one, businesses must ensure that cloud solution pricing plans are flexible.

Making the most of your resources

Migrating to the cloud is not without its organisational hurdles. By shifting the responsibility to a service provider, you’re potentially changing the role of your in-house IT personnel. IT staff are no longer just responsible for setting up data centres and keeping things running, their duties have evolved. It’s important that these changes drive business forward, streamline processes and make it simpler for everyone to complete tasks. Cloud solutions should also be adjusted to meet your changing needs.

How does the cloud affect processes?

Cloud migration forces you to take a long look at your decision making. While standardisation may be a priority when you’re running everything in-house mainly because it’s easier to manage things these concerns are irrelevant in the cloud. Because you’re not in charge of any hardware, this isn’t really your concern. Less standardisation means greater flexibility and freedom to choose from a range of solutions that best suit your specific needs.  

The security implications of outsourcing

If your hesitation about cloud has anything to do with security, it’s best to do your homework. Before you make any agreements, research all potential cloud providers' security and compliance certifications. If you partner with a company that has the necessary security and compliance procedures in place, you’re reducing chances of suffering downtime, data breaches or data loss. All of which, could cripple even the most successful business. By taking the time to pick the right provider, you’re putting precautions in place to secure your business’ future.  

A successful move to the cloud is possible. In order to overcome the challenges associated with cloud migration you need to be thinking about people, process and technology. Finding the right people to match your business objectives, identifying how cloud solutions can help you to work faster and smarter and ensuring that you have all the infrastructure you need to meet your goals.  Want to find the best platform for your workloads? Take a look at our workload flowchart.

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