We have a bit of good news/bad news to deliver. Let’s go with the positive news first – you can start reaping cloud migration benefits with minimal business disruption.
Not long ago, you had to set aside a weekend (or more) and ask a few employees to come in on a day off to get everything set up and tested. Today, seasoned cloud service providers like Zimcom have streamlined the entire migration process. Setting up your cloud environment is faster than ever.
What you can’t speed your way through is the planning process. If you try, all the cloud migration benefits will go out the window. We want to see you have a stress-free cloud migration and put together this quick guide to make the planning phase as easy as 1-2-3.
Your 3-Step Guide to Max Out Your Cloud Migration Benefits and Build Resiliency
Follow the 3 steps below and set yourself up to max out your cloud migration benefits.
Step 1: Do Your Homework
Before you can migrate to the cloud, you need to figure out if you’re moving to a public or private cloud environment. Here’s what you should know to find the best fit for your business
You’re already familiar with the public cloud
Google Cloud, Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are public cloud options. Anyone can sign up and only pay for the digital resources they consume (like storage). The hardware and infrastructure are managed by the third-party provider.
The public cloud is convenient but can be difficult to manage on your own
Picking your way through a Microsoft Azure or AWS invoice is an easy way to lose several hours of productivity. Billing is intentionally opaque, leaving you to wonder if you’re paying too much or have more storage than necessary.
It’s a Bad Idea to DIY Your Cloud Migration
Decide how you want to store and manage resources
Your data is still private in a public cloud. The “public” part refers to the server. It’s a multi-tenant solution, meaning you get your own space on a shared server. This helps keep costs low. However, some people want additional control over security and resources. In that case, a private cloud, single-tenant solution is the better option because the server is solely dedicated to your company.
Get a private cloud without maintenance
You can house your server on-premise, or you can hand maintenance off to us. With our datacenter services, you still know precisely where your servers are located and don’t have to deal with security or maintenance. We take care of it for you.
Step 2: Have the right frame of mind
Zealous marketing campaigns sell the cloud as the end-all-be-all of money-saving, empowering business technology. In many ways, you can believe the hype – if you frame it correctly.
Understand where and how you can save money
The cloud is touted as a cost-cutting machine, leading business owners to start planning how they’ll use their newfound budget surplus. It’s not that straightforward.
The move to an operational expenditure model frees up money in the near-term
How the cost appears in your budget changes, but it’s still there. At the end of the day, you may only have marginal savings in the cloud.
Smartly scaling resources can save you money
A seasonal business can realize real savings if they sync their consumption of cloud resources with their business cycle. An example would be an accounting firm adding personnel and using more resources during tax season, then scaling back both for the rest of the year.
Productivity gains drive value
Cloud platforms like Microsoft 365 create centralized workspaces that are more efficient than traditional ways of working. Instead of emailing back and forth about a project, people can collaborate in real-time on a document or hop on a quick call and screenshare as they make changes.
Admittedly, this is harder to measure and assumes your team is prepared to adapt.
Be willing to quickly learn new tricks
You’ll never realize the benefits of a cloud migration if you make the move and then continue with business as usual. Have a change management plan to help your team adopt new technologies. Then create a plan for staying up to date on the latest releases.
How to Secure Your Digital Workspaces
Step 3: Create business resiliency
Solidify your security strategy
Automatic security doesn’t exist. Staying safe in the cloud takes effort. It’s up to you, or your cloud service provider, to put in place the right protections. Here’s a quick overview of the best practices we follow to safeguard our clients and keep them compliant:
- Air-gapped and encrypted backups protect against ransomware
- Multifactor authentication obstructs malicious actors
- Endpoint Detection & Response prevents breaches
- Cloud-based monitoring blocks distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks
- FIPS 140-2 certified AES256 encryption
- Web Application Firewalls keep hackers away while improving site performance
For private cloud environments, vet the security at your datacenter
On top of digital defenses, anyone with a private cloud environment has to consider physical security of their datacenter, too. Your site should have:
- 24x7x365 security guards and an on-call Network Operations Center staff
- Video surveillance set up inside and outside
- Key card security for rigid access controls
- Man traps
- Revolving entrance doors
- Cage security
- Locking cabinets
- Reinforced physical structure
Know who has your back(up)
Data is a business essential. You can’t afford to lose your valuable client files, proposals or projects. We believe this so strongly, that we decided to build 30 days of backups into every client solution. There’s no extra fee. We’ve seen businesses try to recover data without a backup and want to prevent you from falling into this situation.
If you want more than 30 days, we’ll happily work with you to create a tailored backup solution.
There’s Only So Much Planning You Can Do On Your Own
At some point, you’ll want to talk to an expert about your cloud migration. Whether you’re ready to get started or want guidance as you evaluate your options, we’re here to help. Call us today.