Cloud Migration Services and Strategy: Everything You Need to Know
You would believe me when I say, "Cloud technology is the future, and it holds the shortest path to building a successful business". Smart business owners accept this fact and use it as a base reason for opting for cloud migration. In the market, there are various cloud migration services and strategies available to help you move your existing system to the cloud.
Here, you need to be proactive before choosing the perfect cloud migration service for your unique business. Before diving deep into the various types of cloud migration services and strategies, we should first understand the basic concept.
What is Cloud Migration?
In layman’s terms, moving your existing data, applications, and information from your current system to the cloud servers is known as cloud migration or migration to the cloud servers. Here, your existing system can be anything, whether it is an on-premises system or a hybrid one.
Before opting for cloud migration services, you need to understand your business’s basic requirements. Once you have the data, you can easily opt between different types of cloud services: public cloud or private cloud servers.
Numerous benefits of cloud migration include lowered IT costs, less complexity, enhanced performance, more output, minimized running costs, no maintenance costs, full data security, and ease of access.
What are Cloud Migration Services?
First, we need to understand the core aspects of migration. In this section, we are going to discuss possible cloud migration services and strategies based on different business scenarios.
- Datacenter Cloud Migration
It is the most common cloud migration service that most growing organizations adopt to accept technology. In this process, the data stored on-premises and in server rooms is migrated to cloud servers based on the size and complexity of the data.
The basic way of transferring data to the cloud is through high-capacity networks. If you have an internal IT team, you can migrate the data yourself. If you are new, you can contact a cloud migration consultant to help you out.
- Hybrid Cloud Migration
Businesses have to deal with different types of data belonging to different operations. The hybrid cloud migration allows such businesses to classify the data based on the level of security.
This cloud migration model lets you store some portions of data on-premises and others on cloud servers.
It enables a business to store the most sensitive data using on-premises servers and the data that needs to be accessed globally using cloud servers. Also, for more security, you can host your sensitive data on a private cloud so that you can get a backup whenever desired.
- Cloud-to-Cloud Migration
We are on the edge of accepting the future – cloud technology. Some of the businesses have already started hosting data on the cloud. Cloud-to-cloud migration is for those businesses that host their data on different cloud servers and want to unify their entire data into one.
Managing different cloud servers is a hectic and uneconomical task for growing businesses. This allowed the businesses to avail themselves of the advantages of a single cloud while investing way fewer resources and money.
- Mainframe Migration
A mainframe is a system that organisations build inside their offices, also known as server room. Due to the heavy workload on internal servers, businesses opt for cloud migration services that come with lower costs, reliable performance, and global access. You can easily move to the cloud without investing huge amounts of money and resources.
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Cloud Service Models
Currently, we have three cloud service models available: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.
SaaS, also known as software as a service, is a widely used service. SaaS is when an application is entirely hosted on cloud servers and can be accessed from anywhere.
PaaS, also known as platform as a service, is a service where the business has to build its cloud infrastructure utilising its resources. It is built for programmers and developers so that they can host their applications without maintaining external servers. In short, it provides a perfect environment to help you code and deploy it.
IaaS, also known as infrastructure-as-a-service, is a cloud migration service where a third-party cloud service provider offers its infrastructure on a subscription basis. Based on your storage requirements, you need to pay for the service, and you can access your data on the go.
In simple terms, it’s like renting a furnished room in a building where you don’t need to spend any money on installation and maintenance. But you need to maintain your data servers yourself.
Based on your system requirements, you can upgrade or downscale the server infrastructure by contacting your service provider.
What is a Cloud Migration Strategy?
Cloud migration strategy is something where you plan the process of cloud migration before you even start it. It can be divided into 5 stages, which are discussed next:
- Specify Cloud Strategy
First, you need to analyze the existing system to define the cloud strategy. You need to check the existing storage location and the amount of data to be transferred to cloud servers. Once you have the data, choose the kind of migration service you need and contact a cloud migration partner, like Dynamics Square.
- Build a Plan
Once you decide the type of required cloud service, you need to build a plan. This plan should contain the entire workflow or path that you are going to follow throughout the cloud migration process. Also, you need to state the cost, time, resources, and various other details about the migration process.
- Prepare Resources
Building a plan seems incomplete until you have the right resources in sufficient quantity. Once you have the plan, arrange the resources, whether it is your personal IT team or the investment you need for a successful cloud migration.
- Data Migration
Till now, we have everything required to build a perfect cloud migration strategy and proceed. Now, your internal IT team or the chosen Microsoft cloud partner will start the migration process, starting with moving data from the existing system to the cloud.
- Cloud Management
Based on the server provider, you may need to manage your cloud servers so that they run smoothly even in tough conditions, like traffic spikes. Also, you can create backup files from your end so that your sensitive information is kept safe regardless of the situation.
Cloud Migration Benefits: Get Reliable Technology Cost-effectively
There are numerous benefits to cloud migration, among which some are discussed below:
- Lowered Cost
We know that businesses invest a lot of money in building server infrastructure and maintaining it. When you opt for a cloud server, you can save the same amount of money that can be used for business growth.
- Open to Scalability
No one knows when a business starts to grow and needs a rapid increase in server infrastructure. In such a scenario, you can easily scale the server requirements by contacting your cloud server provider. You can get the exact amount of required cloud computing resources whenever required.
- Enhanced Data Security
We have different cloud service providers who have been offering their services for a long time and have gained customers' trust in terms of data security. Services like Microsoft Azure offer seamless data security with a built-in firewall and different security levels using powerful tools.
- Adheres to Global Compliance
Nowadays, businesses are not restricted to any state, country, or region. Most businesses operate globally, and operating on-premises can restrain you from reaching to global audience. Cloud migration empowers you to adhere to the global rules of different governments.
- Simplified Server Management
Your service provider will offer you a center management tool that lets you monitor load, manage server capacity, and track the performance of your server infrastructure. It means you can simplify your server management from a single dashboard.
How can Dynamics Square help you with Cloud Migration Services and Strategy?
Dynamics Square is a certified Microsoft solutions partner in the UK and is offering its exceptional cloud computing services to all businesses. Whether you want an on-premises-to-cloud migration or a cloud-to-cloud migration, we are ready to help you out, irrespective of the complexity. Our motto is to offer you seamless cloud migration services at cost-effective prices.
We have 100+ certified technical consultants at Microsoft Azure (a cloud computing service provider) who simplify the complexities of a unique business and supercharge the business operations with growth and scalability.
Being a certified Microsoft Dynamics 365 partner, we do offer our implementation, upgrade, and support services to Microsoft Dynamics 365 products, like Dynamics 365 ERP, Business Central Cloud ERP, Microsoft CRM, Power BI, and much more.
In case of need, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +44-207-193-2502 for instant help.