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What are the 3 Stages of Cloud Migration?

Cloud migration occurs when a company moves some or all its data centre capabilities to the cloud.

What is Cloud Migration?

With cloud migration, businesses can become more agile, improve efficiencies, and improve customer experiences. With workforces split between the office and people’s homes, stability and flexibility have never been more necessary. An optimised IT infrastructure is different for each organisation, but it often consists of a combination of public cloud, private cloud, and traditional IT environments.

However, adopting a cloud infrastructure doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition for businesses worried about disrupting their operations. A good cloud service provider, like InReach, will support the organisation through the migration process at the pace that suits them, understanding the business’s specific requirements.

It’s vital that each stage of cloud migration is managed systematically, and that the business continues to receive the full support of its provider.

Stage 1
Analysing a business’s technical and business needs.

The migration process must start with an analysis to determine a migration’s possibilities and purpose. During this stage, the provider works with the business to understand the current application market and to decide which applications are critical to the business’s success.

A provider, like InReach, should perform technical analysis to ensure that the applications the company wants to transfer are cloud-ready and optimised for operating in the cloud. Also, they will ensure a data security plan is in place, as data security is handled very differently once data has been transferred to the cloud.

Stage 2
Analysing Risk for Cloud Migration

Once the provider has established the business’s unique requirements, it should perform a risk analysis and begin the project management process. The main questions during the second phase that need to be considered are:

  1. During migration, which elements are most likely to go wrong?
  2. Have all the set-up and subsequent costs been agreed upon?
  3. Is there a backup plan in place for the business and the provider? It’s essential to limit downtime, minimise service disruption for the business’s customers, and be able to roll back changes safely.

Ideally, the business should have an end-to-end project plan in place so that applications are switched over and data transferred at a time that minimises the impact on the company and its services.

Stage 3
Cloud Managed Services 

This is the final stage of cloud migration. Businesses will need a cloud management service provider available 24/7, which provides a secure and reliable service, and allows businesses to be agile and innovative. The support process must be as frictionless as possible for the migration process to be successful. As a cloud service provider, InReach has extensive experience managing cloud computing for businesses, and we can recommend and implement the right cloud management software so you can take advantage of all the benefits the cloud offers. Our goal is to improve your efficiency.

Taking a smart approach when migrating to the cloud will help you boost efficiency, improve competitiveness, and accelerate innovation. If you want to know more about our cloud migration services or are ready for your business to leap into a more agile business infrastructure, contact the InReach team today.

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