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What to Expect When Migrating to the Cloud

Posted 5.19.22 by
Tommy McShane
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Migrating to the cloud can seem like an overwhelming endeavor. It’s hard enough to decide where your data is going, but choosing and architecting a cloud environment can be a big hurdle for many organizations. Luckily, the process does not have to be frightening; with Otava’s professionals, cloud migrations are simple and hands-off for you.

Are you interested in cloud migration? This blog is a read for you. We will discuss what you can expect when migrating your business to the cloud. Additionally, we will unpack the benefits of migrating your business to the cloud. Stay put till the end for the comprehensive guide.

 

What Is Cloud Migration

Cloud migration is a process of moving data, applications, and other business resources from an on-premises environment to a cloud computing platform. The motivation for cloud migration can vary, but it often comes down to maximizing agility, minimizing costs, or improving scalability and availability. There are many different approaches to cloud migration, and the most appropriate strategy will depend on the specific needs of your organization.

In some cases, it may be possible to simply lift-and-shift existing workloads to the cloud with minimal changes. In other cases, you may need to carefully design a hybrid architecture that leverages both on-premises and cloud resources. And in still other cases, you may need to fundamentally rethink your application architecture to take advantage of the cloud’s unique capabilities.

 

What Are the Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud?

There are many benefits of migrating to the cloud, including:

 

Scalability

One of the most significant benefits of the cloud is its ability to scale. With on-premises infrastructure, you are limited by the number of physical servers. But with the cloud, you can easily add or remove resources as needed, giving you scalability when you need it. This scalability can be a massive benefit for businesses that experience cyclical spikes in demand, or need to scale up quickly for growth.

 

Cost-Effective

Migrating your data to the cloud may save you money in the long run. You must pay for all hardware, software, and maintenance with on-premises infrastructure. However, with the cloud, you only pay for what you use. It can result in considerable cost savings, especially for small and medium enterprises.

The benefits are most apparent with small businesses who don’t need as much space but still want access when needed; these companies find it more affordable than having their servers operating beneath capacity.

 

Improved Performance

Another benefit of migrating to the cloud is improved performance and reliability. Cloud-based infrastructure is designed to be scalable and redundant. This feature lets it handle increased traffic and demand without experiencing any downtime. Your site or application will always be available, even during peak periods.

 

Digital Experience

Moving to the cloud can improve your digital experience and create new efficiencies and capabilities that were not possible before. In addition, you can use the cloud to create a more agile and responsive organization that can better adapt to change and fluctuations in the market.

 

Cloud Migration Strategies

There are several ways to approach cloud migration, each with its own set of benefits and challenges. The most common approaches include:

 

Replace

In this strategy, you would replace your existing on-premises application with a cloud-based solution. This is an approach that organizations use when they need to modernize their applications and platforms in order for them to be able to work more efficiently, as well as have benefits such as increased productivity or cost savings.

 

Rehost

This strategy involves simply moving your existing applications and infrastructure to the cloud with as few changes as possible. While this approach is quick and easy, it may not be the most cost-effective in the long run since you may not be making full use of the cloud’s capabilities.

 

Revise

This strategy focuses on making some changes to your application so that it can take advantage of the cloud’s features. For example, you may want to redesign your application to be more scalable or make use of cloud-specific features such as storage services.

 

Refactor

Refactoring is similar to rehosting, but involves making some changes to your application code to take advantage of the cloud’s features. For example, you might want to take advantage of cloud-specific caching mechanisms or use a different database solution that is optimized for the cloud.

 

Rebuild

This approach involves starting from scratch and rebuilding your applications specifically for the cloud. This can be a time-consuming and expensive process, but it may be necessary if your existing applications are not well suited for the cloud. Revising takes the approach even further by replacing the existing code base with a new one. This procedure is only done when firms believe their present solutions aren’t adequate to meet current business demands.

 

Which Strategy Is Right for You?

The best cloud migration strategy for your enterprise will depend on a number of factors, such as the size and complexity of your applications, your budget, and the skills of your IT staff. In general, smaller and simpler applications are easier to migrate and may only require a rehosting or refactoring approach. Larger and more complex applications may need to be rebuilt from scratch.

 

With Otava’s experts, Here Is What You Can Expect From a Cloud Migration

 

  • A dedicated project manager to ensure a smooth transition.
  • A comprehensive assessment of your IT infrastructure.
  • A customized migration plan based on your specific needs.
  • Assistance with migrating your data and applications.
  • 24/7 support during and after the migration process.

 

Bottom Line

Migrating to the cloud can be a daunting task for any enterprise, but with Otava’s help, you can rest assured that your transition will be smooth and successful. We will work with you every step of the way, from assessment to implementation to post-migration support. Otava’s team of certified professionals has extensive experience helping  enterprises migrate to the cloud. We will work with you to assess your needs and develop a customized plan to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Contact us today to get started!

About Otava

Otava provides the secure, compliant hybrid cloud solutions demanded by service providers, channel partners and enterprise clients in compliance-sensitive industries. By actively aggregating best-of-breed cloud companies and investing in people, tools, and processes, Otava’s global footprint continues to expand. The company provides its customers in highly regulated disciplines with a clear path to transformation through its effective solutions and broad portfolio of hybrid cloud, data protection, disaster recovery, security and colocation services, all championed by an exceptional support team. Learn more at www.otava.com.

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