Business disruption when moving data to the cloud is inevitable but you can minimize the impact with proper planning and professional assistance from an IT MSP.
Cloud computing is fast becoming one of the most integral technologies in the business world and it’s not hard to see why. Cloud storage offers many benefits, including easy, secure access to business data, scalable storage that can be increased or decreased as needed, and significant savings as companies no longer have to purchase additional hardware and software to grow a business.
Even so, some business owners are hesitant to transition to the cloud because they are concerned their business operations will be disrupted while data is moved to a cloud server. This is certainly a valid concern as moving terabytes of data to the cloud will result in business disruption. However, there are ways in which a business can facilitate the transition process in order to gain the benefits of cloud computing without enduring long hours of downtime.
Many companies are moving 100% of their data and apps to the cloud but that doesn’t mean this is the best solution for every single business. Some businesses do best with a hybrid storage solution that allows some data to remain on office computers while other data and applications are moved to the cloud.
Once you have decided what to do with all your data and apps, it’s time to decide which type of cloud server you will use. Public cloud servers are ideal for many small to mid-size business owners as they are inexpensive, efficient, and have good cybersecurity standards. On the other hand, large companies and companies that need to remain compliant with strict industry regulations do best with a private cloud storage solution.
Once you know what moves and what remains, choose a transition time that best suits the needs of your suppliers and clients. Companies with peak seasons and slow seasons will naturally want to transition to the cloud during a slow season to avoid inconveniencing clients. Even companies that are busy year-round will find that certain times of the day are slower than others. Data transition doesn’t have to happen all at once; it can be broken up into different time periods to suit your company’s needs.
Cloud security does not ensure your data is safe as it moves from your computers to the cloud. You will need an encrypted connection to keep your valuable information safe as it transitions; otherwise, cyberhackers will be able to access it while it’s being moved.
Moving large quantities of data to the cloud is no small feat. A lot can go wrong; in fact, more than 40% of companies experience a failed or stalled cloud implementation when transitioning some or all a company’s data to the cloud. Professional help from an IT managed service is one of the best ways to ensure the transition is efficient and successful.
Elevate Services Group is a leading IT managed service provider in Denver. We provide cloud transition and storage services in addition to IT network monitoring, email security and encryption, business continuity planning, and more. Give us a call at your convenience to find out more or to make an appointment with our IT team.