The cloud is easily one of the most talked about tech topics of this decade. It really feels like almost every business system has a cloud-based offering that businesses can integrate.
For many businesses, the cloud has been the key to operations that not only keep costs low, but are stable enough to provide the tools employees need in order to do their job.
It's not unsurprising to see so many businesses moving to the cloud, and if you're thinking of changing the way you work, there are some things you should take into consideration, so have a look at our no nonsense guide on migrating to the cloud.
Step One - Pack Your Suitcase
Before considering an IT solution you need to examine how your business works.
There are many features available and prioritising which ones your company should avail themselves of, should be on your list of considerations - not only for cost concerns, but also for the overall smoothness of the transition as well.
Start by asking yourself; what is important to you? What are your business critical applications? Who will be affected by the shift? Think about which areas of your business need to be upgraded and which areas are working just fine. Make sure your preparation covers the period right up to the switch. Don’t forget to consider the additional staff training that may be involved in a system upgrade.
It's important to do your homework when considering moving your data or systems to the cloud. Plan ahead, and plan well.
Step Two – Choose Your Destination
One of the challenges for any business looking at cloud solutions is the volume and variety of different resolutions that are available.
You should be considering Private cloud and Public cloud, both of which have many advantages, but there are an increasing number of hybrid solutions such as Zynstra that you should also be taking into consideration.
Step Three – Pick a Trusted Operator
Mirus have the experience of implementing many different solutions and we are ideally placed to advise and recommend to you some appropriate solutions, based on the way you work. We encourage all of our clients to engage with us as early as possible and make good use of our wide range of skills and knowledge.
Take the time to look at the various solutions we offer, engage with our experienced pre-sales teams to help identify the correct path for you. The reason for this is because each company's IT needs are different - some will want just cloud-based email like Office 365 or Hosted Exchange, while others may want a more all-encompassing solution.
Step Four – Don’t Forget Your Insurance
Your data is essential to how you run your business. Information is extremely valuable, and it should always be a priority to keep your data safe. Make sure you've backed-up your data prior to switching to a cloud system. Transitions can be tricky and it's much better to be safe than sorry.
If you were to migrate systems to the cloud without backing up important data, there is the chance that the migration could fail which will put your data at risk. By employing our managed disaster recovery and backup solution we can back up all of your systems including important data. Should anything fail with the migration, we can not only solve the issue but also recover your data.
Combine this with our M.SYNC Cloud Storage and Backup and you will build in automatic redundancy that will ensure your data is safe, so that should anything go wrong, your business can still operate.
Step Five – Pre Flight Security
It is also important to keep your data secure. Having a new system in place, especially one that is web-based, will entail new concerns related to security.
Make sure you go over the security protocols, before, during and after you switch to a cloud system. Talk to those who are involved and take into account the security of all those who have access to your system: from the system managers, the staff, and customers.
Mirus offers a full range of IT security services that have been developed to keep your systems, data, and technology secure.
Step Seven - Jetlag
Transitions can be tricky especially when it comes to IT and changing the way people work. It's important to give your business ample time to prepare, and equally important to give yourself time to adjust to change. Cover all your bases during the adjustment period by double checking your data is backed-up and secure and give you and your staff the appropriate time to learn the new system.
Good planning should be followed by good execution, and good execution takes time and practice.
Step Eight - Relax
With our experts by your side, we endeavour to take you through all the migration steps and ensure that your move is as smooth as possible.
Also if you choose to take a Mirus managed service agreement, we will offer you ongoing support and protection, the flexibility to grow and 24 hour support through the working week with all our know-how is at your disposal.