As a business, choosing to move your data and applications to the cloud—or from one cloud server to another—can be a risky, and yet significant decision. Your company has spent years, if not decades, developing a strategy and centralized database that works for your unique structure and workflow. Maintaining legacy data when necessary, and ensuring the best ROI and lowest amount of downtime means understanding and choosing the most effective cloud migration methods. How do you navigate the world of cloud migration and database upgrades? These simple steps will help your business effectively relocate and update data while maintaining business traction and resources.
The Goals of Cloud Migration
The first step in navigating cloud migration is to determine your company’s goals in making the transition. Most businesses are looking to mitigate costs while upgrading security and performance. Others are more focused on eliminating redundancies or even upgrading from an outdated decentralized process to a centralized, cloud-based database.
When it comes to choosing a migration method, it helps to understand what that method is meant to accomplish. It won’t benefit your business to simply rehost to the cloud—avoiding any changes to the architecture of your stack—if your immediate goal is scalability and utilizing the full potential of the cloud. Work with your IT department and your cloud migration team to determine the most immediate goals, as well as your long-term goals and you will be better prepared to find the best cloud migration methods for the future of your business.
Choose a Method
This can be the most challenging aspect of data migration for some companies, but since you took the time to establish your goals, this step doesn’t need to be difficult.
There are several methods for data migration, including Lift and Shift (or rehosting), re-platforming (where minor changes are made to your stack), establishing an entirely new system, or, in other words, choosing to re-architect your existing applications, database, and software.
Each of these methods has a variety of options. For instance, in establishing a new system, a company can choose to either purchase new programs that will more effectively harness the agility and scalability of the cloud orhave developers re-architect existing structures.
Whether you want to quickly and affordably move data and applications from an on-premises data center to the public cloud, transform elements of your database and operating system but keep your current applications, or do an overarching overhaul to get the most long term benefits, there is a cloud migration method that is the perfect fit for your company.
Transform your Company with Protera
Effectively navigating cloud migration is easy when you choose to work with the experts at Protera Technologies. Transform your company’s agility, scalability, and workflow by choosing a migration method that works for you, accomplishes your goals, and can be done with the least amount of downtime. Cloud migration is a great way to keep your company moving forward and ahead of the competition, preparing for future technology and increased business. The team at Protera can reduce your product cost, shorten your downtime, and ensure you choose the best cloud migration method for the future of your company. Contact us today to learn more about our advanced cloud migration methods and how we can help you.