41% of businesses currently not using cloud computing are planning to do so by the end of 2018. The growth in the marketplace has blossomed over recent years with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Cloud computing is the big thing right now in ICT, but how easy is it to move a business’s IT infrastructure to the cloud?
First and foremost, it is crucial to point out that the time taken to move to the cloud will vary on a company by company basis. Typically, not every part of the infrastructure is moved at once as this carries too much risk. Isolating key components based on the following principles is perhaps one of the easiest ways to approach a cloud migration.
Is it easy to move?
What investment is it going to take to move a workload to the cloud? If this is the first experience an individual or business has with moving the IT infrastructure to the cloud then a significant investment is going to be needed.
A single service migration with no integrated services might work best because it has no strings attached. This type of workload should certainly take less than a week and perhaps only a couple of days to do.
Another scenario might be your old email system that is due an upgrade and so moving to the cloud is the perfect time to carry this out. Depending on the amount of users and the quantity of data, most migrations can be done in under 2 months.
Do you need to try before you buy?
There are hundreds of on-premises technologies which can now connect outside of a data centre or use an MPLS to connect directly into it. These scenarios allow users to pilot hybrid configuration deployments. The hybrid connectivity will enable you to move workloads in hours as opposed to days. What’s more, you can prove the service reliability and performance for development, test and production.
Are you currently co-locating?
If your business is currently benefitting from colocation services then the cloud becomes just another location. You should already have concepts of what types of services are needed at each site and will allow you to identify and consolidate resources dispersed across the company as well as offering standardisation on cloud configurations. So long as there is redundancy routing in place to the cloud or direct circuits then you have essentially just upgraded to the ultimate data centre!
Time to cloud
Most businesses can move key organisational services such as email, document management and communications to the cloud in less than two months. Likewise, this is true for migrating services and configuring a data centre to connect to the cloud in efforts to extend business operations. However, to mitigate the risk, these are rarely ever done in correlation.
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