Cloud computing is fast evolving from a futuristic technology into a commercially viable alternative for companies in search of a cost-effective storage and server solution. The cloud has fast become part of an integral feature of business IT.
However, this is not to say that every business has or should adopt the cloud technology. While a lot of organizations are making the switch, there are still a lot of companies who, though they may dangle their feet in the water, have not fully braved to go into the depths of the new world of the cloud. And this of course is for reasons other than the “fear” of the new.
Strong internet connectivity for applications
It is no secret that for the cloud to work so favorably in any business, they need to be running an internet connection strong enough to cope with the size and the scale of the file sharing they require.
The cloud hosted services you have will always have option for maximum uptime of course, but if the internet connection it is on is running on a low bandwidth capacity, you may find your system becomes slow. This circumstance then contradicts the productivity benefits that cloud services can offer. Organizations that constantly work with large file documents such as media, graphics, architectural drawings, may find themselves uneasy with this scenario.
Let an IT Consultant assess your business demands
All is not lost though if your business has a particular interest in getting on to the cloud. Tailored solutions will always be available for as long as you know the requirements your business demands. Do not start a cloud migration project without consulting with an IT specialist, as they are your key partner in ensuring your system matches the requirements of your company, be it for cloud solution, local networking or hybrid of different tolls and services.
Four things to consider for your business needs
Investment on current IT infrastructure
The long-term potential benefits of migrating to the cloud should balance the costs you’ve invested in, especially if you’ve already put quite an investment in your existing system – hardware and networks.
Security needs of your data
The cloud is still getting some frowns when it comes to security, for lack of understanding, but it can provide high levels of security. Your IT consultant already has an understanding that different industries require different levels of security for its data – from shareable to a public domain to those that are only stored in hard copy. If you are working with extremely sensitive data that is better stored and protected locally, then highly secured firewall and similar measures will be better.
Your IT consultant will be able to tailor a custom solution that addresses all security concerns and can account for every level of security needed when you do your cloud migration project.
Staff training required
Significant changes to your network infrastructure that directly affects daily staff operations will mean a certain degree of training will be required. While cloud migration can often be a relatively simple process, companies would still need to consider the short-term impacts to the business of this new system rollout, before proceeding with the change. Again, it is best to work with your IT consultant as they are the best at figuring out the cloud and non-cloud solutions that would best fit your circumstances.
You may already have an IT support provider but you have to understand that cloud migration may or may not affect the level of support and maintenance you would require. Understanding it is crucial in your feasibility study in order to factor in the support required and if there is a need to change your provider, should they not be able to sustain it, or add on to their support services.
Make sure you do a thorough research within your industry of companies that have done a cloud migration in order to get insights on the factors that got affected and how it may be relative to your business.
Heighten your level of scrutiny and analysis when doing your feasibility study in order to ensure that this project would indeed be cost-effective, user-friendly, and most importantly, secure. Work closely with an IT consulting team which would provide a thorough assessment and analysis of your business and come up with best practices and tailored solutions for recommendations. They will be able to ensure a smooth migration and this roll out would have minimal day to day disruption.
When done right, switching to the cloud can indeed boost productivity, give you savings in hardware and maintenance, and all the while securing your data. However, don’t fret if cloud migration doesn’t present itself as the most suitable option, for the non-cloud solution that your IT consultant will come up with will prove to be the best in the long run.
If you need help with any cloud migration project, or are curious to see if it's a good fit for your business, give us a call. We can schedule a network assessment so we can check your infrastructure requirements and provide a tailored solution for your needs.