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Cloud migration is the process of moving data, applications or other business elements to a cloud computing environment. Sounds pretty complex, but it’s the bread and butter of what we do here at Babble. 

Our aim is to modernise tech in offices across the UK, to save businesses time and money. However, there are some considerations to make when moving to the cloud. For example, which provider do you use? How do you smoothly transition vast amounts of data without losing it or risking a security breach? What are the new security issues with online data management? 

All these questions must be answered before a migration happens. Below is what you need to consider to make sure your business’ migration goes smoothly. 

Single cloud? Multi-cloud? And which provider?

The questions every business must ask first when moving to the cloud are; which provider is best? Or should I use multiple?

Choosing one provider, and a single cloud approach, is much easier to implement. As such, we recommend this choice for smaller businesses who don’t have a large IT team, if any, and need to keep the process as simple as possible.

A multi-cloud approach is often more suitable for businesses with a wider range of needs and applications. With this, businesses gain more flexibility, and applications can be optimised based on the options the supplier offers. It can also save a company money, as it offers space to negotiate offers.

Harness the power of hybrid

Opting to move into a hybrid cloud environment allows for various benefits – including better support for remote workers, reduced costs, business continuity and improved security.

The foundation of hybrid cloud allows workloads to move between two environments – the public and private cloud, offering organisations more flexibility when deploying their data. This flexibility means organisations can access data anytime and from anywhere – which is crucial as the world evolves into a more distributed workforce. 

Harnessing the power of hybrid is a sure-fire way of managing your cloud migration effectively. Companies can hold huge amounts of data and moving it all at once can cause issues. By adopting a hybrid approach, and slowly making the transition by moving it as and when required, companies will keep their data safer and more secure.

Train em’ up

Moving to the cloud allows for better risk management, providing greater control and orchestration of data. However, everyone across the business must know how to manage the new technology properly otherwise you risk exposing your business to more security threats, rather than less.  

Management of the cloud poses a unique set of problems compared to on-premise data management. IT departments, as well as all employees, should be made aware of these new threats and be trained on how to manage them. If you’re not sure what these are, speak with your supplier. They are experts on this and will provide the best advice on how to manage security in the cloud.

The boring bit: KPIs

Establishing clear goals and KPIs will ensure a successful migration to the cloud. 

The strongest KPIs will cover the migration’s progress, any complications the process runs into, and potential future troubles. Once the migration is complete, they should also be able to measure whether the migration was successful.

When it comes to measuring cloud computing KPIs, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. You should select a provider based on your needs, goals, and the company’s efforts to improve.

There are numerous benefits to moving to the cloud, but preparation is key. Before making the transition, consider all the above and the move will go smoother.