It’s Time to Think About Your Cloud Migration Strategy
What is cloud migration?
Cloud migration is the process of transferring data, applications and/or other business elements to a cloud computing environment.
Cloud migration also means moving data and applications from one cloud platform or provider to another (known as cloud-to-cloud migration). There are several tools that can be used for cloud migration like 5nine, ZConverter, VM-Converter, etc.
Several reasons have informed the decision of many organizations to migrate to cloud. From the evolvement of the cloud technology to something more recognized and relied upon by many today, to data protection, scalability, flexibility, cost efficiency and so on.
Successful digital businesses are holistically applying the concepts of mobile, social, and big data to re-imagine their enterprise – and perhaps it’s time for you to do the same.
What are the risks?
Cloud computing is a very broad topic and by nature, draws many myths associated with it’s benefits and risks. For example, cloud computing is perceived as less secure, even though most of the breaches to date have been within on-premise data center environments.
Many organizations are adopting hybrid cloud strategies and deploying the business applications that meet their workload demands, many of which are new applications, but in a phased approach that’s aligned with their data center strategies.
Like any technology, cloud computing may not be advisable for your business based on the size and scale of data you’re working with. It is, however, worth considering as advancements in the realm of migration continue to evolve and dominate the landscape.
Who are the major players?
Cloud providers are constantly evolving and increasing their overall security capabilities and so far, the 3 dominant public cloud offerings are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
As an example, Microsoft and its SharePoint collaboration platform is being leveraged more than ever by many organizations who are replacing in-house legacy applications and centralizing email and messaging for pennies on the dollar, as seen by the rapid rise of Office 365 applications.
Examples include replacement of in-house business intelligence (KPIs), reporting engines and state-of-the art customer relationship management (CRM) solutions.
The availability of SharePoint in the cloud represents a point of inflection in technology and strategic differentiation for enterprises.
Is it right for us?
All businesses – no matter what their size – can reap huge rewards from cloud computing. The most significant benefit of cloud computing is the reduction in IT maintenance costs, thus helping to improve your cash flow and keeping operational expenses to a minimum.
Cloud platforms also enable a new wave of innovation and automation of manual and e-mail centric processes, for example, which is why it’s so cost effective.
No matter what strategy your organization is taking to reap the benefits of the cloud, CGI can provide current expertise to help you architect and migrate your SharePoint content to the cloud, Office 365, or streamline your current business processes and workflow for optimum results.