Four Keys to Successfully Migrate Data to the Cloud

An important decision many CEOs, CFOs and IT Directors are facing is if they should move their company’s data to the cloud. The data is out there for companies to make this decision as a strategy for their business.

In this article we will discusses four keys to successfully migrate data to the cloud. 

Bear in mind, the right partner will deliver a cost/benefit analysis specifically for your business. Understanding how not owning or renting data center equipment can you save resources, improve data security, and allow you to gain flexibility. 

However, the transition from on-premise equipment to the cloud is only successful if best practices are followed. Before starting the process, you should make sure you’re informed of what it will take to migrate your data. 

1. Think Ahead 

The core of your company’s operations will change when you move data to the cloud. A well-executed migration is always preceded by extensive planning.

The migration often takes longer than you would expect, and it may fail a few times before it goes through completely. There are many steps involved. For example, the beginning of the project may involve physically shipping hard drives to your cloud provider before you get started. 

Invest time in planning out all the steps of your migration process. Highlight the potential risks you may encounter, and develop a response plan. Transitioning to cloud-based storage is not a simple task, but it will be worth the investment. 

Developing this plan 6-18 months in advance is exactly what your vCIO should be doing alongside a CEO, CFO and/or IT director. 

2. Choose the Right Tools

When choosing a data migration tool that fits your needs, speed and security are important considerations. Using an established Data Migration Service (DMS) is the best way to avoid unexpected issues.

The top three services in the marketplace are AWS DMS, Azure DMS, and Flyway DMS. These solutions remove a lot of the headache from migration by analyzing the condition of your database and potential issues you may encounter. 

An infographic of the steps in an Azure SQL migration is inserted below. Tools such as Azure DMS will integrate seamlessly with both the source database and the cloud-based target.


Azure Database

Source: Microsoft

Using a DMS such as Azure will ensure each of these steps — from accessing the database to migrating the copy — is implemented smoothly. 

Before diving into these tools, consider your current business operations. Choosing the right service will not only mitigate risks, but optimize your current operations.

3. Inform Your Employees Early

Culture is a major part of a company’s success. MotherG’s core values are displayed prominently because any external success starts internally. 

If you’re not keeping all staff educated on seismic shifts in your organization, you risk alienating them. A poisonous culture can ruin even the most profitable organizations. 

Your system for maintaining data will change after you migrate to the cloud.

Ensure your system gets up-and-running as smoothly as possible by scheduling regular training sessions with your administrative team. Stakeholders will need to learn new skills, both about new operations and security measures. 

There are helpful courses online, such as Udemy’s two-hour video about deploying applications over Amazon Cloud AWS. View a screenshot of the course preview below.

AWS Innovation

Source: udemy

Per the snapshot above, the videos cover the history of AWS innovation as well as all the available tools. This course is geared toward technical employees implementing the migration.

However, even non-technical employees should be informed. Increasing internal awareness of the transition will improve your ability to spot and solve challenges if they arise.

Despite existing since the 1960s, cloud computing is still an abstract concept to many people. Strengthen internal knowledge about the migration to increase the likelihood of a seamless transition.

4. Continue to Learn About Moving Your Data Off-Premise

Migrating your company’s data to the cloud is a complex undertaking that involves many factors. 

If you’re not an expert in cloud storage, you need a dedicated partner that understands all the potential risks and opportunities. Before transferring your data, read about established managed service providers and cloud consulting services. 

Industry research sites such as Clutch and The Manifest are a practical place to start. By looking into vendors’ solutions and prior projects, you can gain a picture of what your data migration will involve.

Here at MotherG, our specialists provide accredited IT managed services, strategy consulting, and cloud consulting services. Start a conversation with us via the chatbot on our homepage or give us a call at (800) 676-7374.

When companies plan ahead, a shift to cloud-based storage can be an efficient way to optimize current operations. 

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