Best Practices for Migrating to Cloud Management Services

| March 29, 2013

Moving is always a stressful and scary transition, both in life and in business. This is especially true as more and more companies begin to transfer their data from personal servers and into the cloud. With today's technology advances, all you need is a good plan paired with a solid understanding of what the transfer entails. As with any move, there are best practices that will help ensure a smooth transition.

#1: Know exactly how much data you have

This may seem obvious, but few companies have a firm grasp of just how much data their system contains and processes on any given day. This so-called "data gravity" can create major issues for companies looking to migrate to cloud management services. The more data, the heavier the data gravity, the harder it becomes to transition smoothly.

Take a step back and consider whether you want to make the transfer. If the answer is still yes, you may need extra applications or IT support to ensure that all of the data can be transitioned without setting your company back or temporarily shutting down your data system.

Another option for companies with heavy data gravity is to only transfer essential data into the cloud.

#2: Determine how your company's data is connected to other systems

As a rule, the heavier the data gravity, the larger the company as far as virtual traffic is concerned. Do you partner with other applications or companies that contain information you would need to access in a timely manner? If so, transferring only part of your data to the cloud is no longer an option—and transferring any at all is a tricky situation.

Your partner applications and companies are like weights holding you down to your personal server. The more weights, the harder it becomes to float into the cloud. At this point, you'll have to consider either not making the transfer or convincing your partners to also make the transfer.

#3: Pick your cloud management services migration strategy carefully

The most useful and widely used strategy is to transfer only digital data. This option is preferable for companies looking to migrate quickly with little server down time.

The second option is best for companies with more complicated infrastructures looking to make a total change. It involves stacking the data, configuring it within your own server, and then sending it through the cloud in pieces. This is most successful for businesses with heavy data gravity, but does require a temporary shutdown of the server.

If you need help migrating to the cloud, just give us a call and speak to one of our expert IT administrators.