Computers & Technology

3 Tips for Making the Move to the Cloud

Is your company on the cloud? If not, you may be behind the competition. 

Simply consider this: Ninety-four percent of companies are now on the cloud, according to the Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report. At the same time, 20% of enterprises are spending more than $12 million on cloud solutions and 74% are spending more than $1.2 million per year.

If you are one of the organizations that need to get caught up and make the switch to the cloud but are not sure where to start, there are some steps you can follow to help, including:

1. Evaluate your ability to manage the move to the cloud. Many businesses do not have the means or ability to migrate their entire operation to the cloud on their own. If you need help, a managed IT services company can help you make the switch. These companies can take care of the entire process — researching cloud options, prices, and infrastructure. And once you’ve made your choice, they can help work internally and externally to manage the full switch over itself. These companies will also typically think through cyber security services so that all the information you are sharing remains protected.

2. Decide whether or not a public, private, or hybrid cloud is best for your business. If you make the move to a private cloud your business cloud infrastructure will need to be entirely managed by your internal resources or by the managed IT services company you hire. A public cloud, on the other hand, provides its services via a network that many organizations can have access to — think Amazon Web Services. And finally, a hybrid option is typically a combination of both. 

3. Decide on your migration priorities. The good news is that when you make the move to the cloud, you don’t need to do it all at once. Instead, you may decide your organization should migrate one component or one set of data at a time. An IT support can work with you to create this schedule so that it works before your and your entire organization. If you decide, on the other hand, that a full migration is what is best, the company you work with will be able to manage that process as well without anything falling through the cracks.

Managing the move to the cloud can be a complicated process for any company. But with a managed IT services provider on your team, it will be something that becomes a major boon for your team and your customers.