Is Your Business Ready For The Cloud?

by Clive Larkin, Commercial Solutions Consultant - iomart

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While the office isn’t dead yet, what offices are used for is changing as a result of the Covid pandemic. For many businesses that have housed servers on their own premises over the years, there is an opportunity to free up that space for other things, claw back potentially unnecessary leasehold costs, or migrate to the cloud to provide better support for remote workers in the long term.

Then there’s the issue of security. The traditional approach of putting everything behind a firewall has been shattered. Supporting home workers from central physical premises has created a new set of risks, which can be addressed with confidence in the cloud.

Moving your data centre off site is often referred to as ‘lift and shift’, yet it doesn’t have to be a big bang moment, it can take place with a series of carefully considered steps. You can go full on to the cloud, or take that first step by choosing to collocate your kit in a third party data centre. It all depends on how much control you want to retain.

Here are some of the reasons you might choose to make the move:

Ageing kit – is your hardware getting old and in need of a costly refresh?

Downtime – have you been affected by outages?

Performance – would your applications perform better in a newer environment?

Real estate – is your equipment housed in space that you could save rent on?

Floor space – could that space be put to better use by your business?

Cost – would moving to an OPEX model save you money?

Risk - could using an experienced provider enhance your business continuity and cyber security?

Whatever the reason or reasons you have for migrating from your existing data centre, any move needs to be considered carefully. The applications you have and the infrastructure they sit on are critical to your decision-making. By carrying out a careful assessment, you can decide what can be moved, what will need additional modification before or after any move takes place, and what won’t be needed. The aim is for everything to be more efficient, which means that responsibilities for and access to the new environment should be agreed before any move takes place.

The technologies that many companies have relied on in the past have been superceded as they move to a digital future. The need to do things faster and more efficiently and realise value quicker is driving the change. This brings with it a steep learning curve. Handled correctly it will bring huge benefits to your business, giving you a platform for future growth. Get it wrong and it could just case more pain.

Join me for the CIO Institute Digital Boardroom online roundtable “How Do You De-Risk Migrations to the Cloud?” at 11am on Tuesday, 16th February 2021 where I’ll be discussing the key components required to ensure a smooth transition from an existing provider or an on-premise solution, to the cloud.  

Click here to register your place (embed hyperlink to https://www.cio-institute.com/pages/digital-boardroom-registration-uk)

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