Migration from on-premise to cloud-based IT management can be overwhelming. There are security concerns, cost, and scalability issues associated with overhauling IT management towards the cloud. However, for IT business leaders and security managers, cloud migration improves scalability, costs and security in the incident of a cyber-attack that may derail essential business undertakings.
Let’s delve right in – what is cloud migration, how overwhelming it is, and what are the benefits of migrating from on-premise to cloud-based IT managed services?
Before examining the whats and whys of cloud migration, it is equally important to understand what cloud migration is. If you ever used Zoom, Office365, Gmail, or Google Drive, then you have most likely interacted with the cloud. Cloud migration involves the paradigm shift of critical assets and IT resources from on-premise, collocated hardware to Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and similar cloud services. The on-cloud IT services enable entrepreneurs and businesses to manage their infrastructure remotely while reducing the cost of managing on-premise hardware. Cloud migration eliminates the security risks and inconvenience of managing various IT services.
The Difficulty of Cloud Migration
While cloud management is usually sold or marketed as an easy endeavor, it can be costly and overwhelming if not approached strategically and carefully. The difficulty of cloud migration emanates from the fact that businesses eying cloud migration seek to move their IT infrastructures such as applications, software, and information from a local, private server to a cloud architecture. Each of these cloud migration processes is unique, just like each enterprise.
The complexity of every cloud migration process is dependent on the total number of variables transferred from local storage to a cloud architecture. For most businesses, the most common variables entail productivity software, CRM support systems, and edge services. Other variables transferred during cloud migration include:
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The cloud-based management services feature advanced security features characterized by enterprise security standards and protocols. New security features emblematic in cloud storage have enabled companies to realize the augmented security they never imagined with on-premise storage.
One hardly recognized effect of moving security to the cloud is called the “network effect.” Since cloud service providers manage multiple clients at a go, advanced security features are equitably deployed on the same user base, which is quite impossible for enterprises operating in silos. Therefore, cloud-based migration provides a shared security solution, particularly as IT moves towards blockchain, where the integrity of stored information or ledgers is the responsibility of all hosted users.
By migrating to the cloud, businesses can reduce internal operational costs while improving efficiency. Traditional on-premise IT management services shifted the attention of enterprises from their core businesses. Switching to the cloud means that companies get to pay for only what they use. There is no point in maintaining costly and expensive data centers when the cloud can host information and computing resources.
According to a new survey by Microsoft365, 82% of small and medium-sized enterprises report reduced costs due to cloud technology adoption. Another separate study by Accenture showed that enterprises and firms migrating to cloud services are saving a majority of their expenses on energy. This study is mindful of the fact that cloud storage immensely cuts backs on energy expenditure associated with collecting, storing, retrieving, and processing stored data and information.
Migrating to the cloud means your enterprise has the flexibility to scale up and down depending on your firm’s IT requirements. An IT plan or solution that was appropriate and fit for one year may become obsolete in several years. This mismatch in technology use and conditions may cause serious implications in managing future customer needs and expectations.
Cloud migration provides organizations with the flexibility and ability to dramatically scale and reshape IT workloads and infrastructure to accommodate present needs without necessarily being chained to the computing requirements of the past. The cloud gives enterprises control of IT activities based on changing business needs. This way, businesses save time, money, and energy associated with on-premise cloud management services.
Business performance is pinned on operational efficiency since efficiency creates business profitability and sustainability. Cloud migration enables businesses to integrate their systems and operations and improve efficiency with their services. Over time, decreased efficiencies resulting from increased loads take a toll on business data centers, thus affecting profitability, performance, and efficiency. Traditionally, businesses managing their data centers had to perform infrastructure refreshes periodically to keep their hardware and software updated. This process was time-consuming, costly, and repetitive. Indeed, it ate up on valuable resources.
Since all data is hosted on the cloud, it can easily be accessed. Cloud migration also means that your employees and staff can access important information and data anytime and anywhere they want on any device or endpoint. Indeed, the covid-19 pandemic has signaled a change in business operations, emphasizing social distancing and work-at-home provisions. This means that as employees operate remotely, there will be a heightened need for cloud-based managed services.
Edafio Technology’s cloud-based solutions are designed and configured by skilled engineers. They are anchored on key pillars:
- Advanced security
- Optimized design
- High availability
The focus of Edafio cloud-based services nurture valuable, business-oriented relationships with clients and provide long-term value in terms of cost, accessibility, and scalability.
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