Cloud-based solutions have evolved from a neat technological opportunity for businesses who want to be on the cutting edge to an essential, cost-effective data access and recovery solution for all organizations, both large and small.
If you still haven't made the jump, you might be wondering when you should migrate to the cloud. Given the numerous benefits of cloud backup storage, it might be easy for your on-site IT professional or managed services provider to answer that question with, “As soon as possible! Yesterday is preferable!”
But the real answer is this: There are a lot of questions about the cloud you need to answer first, so you should only make your leap to the cloud once you’ve researched your organizational needs and considered your options. Only then can you develop a sound cloud migration strategy that is in-line with your business goals.
So what should you consider?
- Application Performance
How do each of your applications function in both virtual and on-site server environments? This characterization of your needs is essential, as identifying load times across different accessibility platforms will dictate cloud infrastructure provisioning. Failure to do so can often cause performance of applications to degrade.
- Available Cloud Solutions
Even though the concept of “the cloud” seems like a singular, easily-generalized term, there are a multitude of scalable cloud options available to businesses. For example, Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a range of cloud solutions at different price points that are designed to be adaptive to your capacity, storage and access needs.
- Where You’re Going
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as an organization is to develop and implement a strategy that only works in the short-term. When weighing your cloud backup options, take into account the objectives and goals of your organization, so that you ultimately land on a cloud solution or provider that can grow and evolve along with your business.
- IT Support Infrastructure
Depending on the size of your business, you may have little IT support on-site, or you might not even have any at all. Either scenario can make the implementation of a cloud solution seem like a daunting task. Consider partnering with a managed services provider. A managed services provider can often provide the expertise and manpower you will often need to ensure the successful implementation of your new strategy, as well as proactive planning steps for down the road.
Again, answering the question, "When should a business migrate to the cloud?" for yourself is a personal journey the management of every business needs to undertake. But with proper research, planning and implementation, it can be a move which will not only provide cost savings, but will also save your business if something were to ever go wrong.