So, you’ve finally made the decision to migrate to a cloud-based server like Microsoft Azure. Congratulations on taking the next step in making your business scalable, more productive, and more secure!
Migrating your data and systems over to the cloud is a big undertaking, and you don’t want to lose any valuable information in the process. To make the migration go as smoothly as possible, we recommend following these four steps.
Step 1: Take Stock of Your Software and Apps
The first step in the data migration process is to create an inventory of all of your current applications and software that will need to move to the cloud. Make a list of all of the software everyone at your company uses. In larger organizations, it may be helpful to tackle this department by department.
In the process, you will likely uncover tools that are rarely used or are no longer helpful or valuable. If that’s the case, consider using your migration to the cloud as the opportunity to get rid of these programs. Before you cut any tools, however, confirm that other applications and software don’t rely on them to operate. Dependencies between applications can complicate the migration process. If you fail to migrate tools that other apps depend on, your whole system may break down until you resolve the issue.
Step 2: Develop a Migration Plan
IT professionals use six migration strategies when they move data from local servers to the cloud. Rehosting your servers creates a clone of your current local servers and moves that clone to the cloud. Replatforming transfers applications from the local server directly to the cloud.
Refactoring makes changes to the code of applications to optimize them for cloud-based use. Repurchasing may be required if you are moving from individual licenses for your servers to a SaaS provider. Retiring applications and software that you no longer use is often a part of the migration strategy. Finally, some companies find they must retain certain applications that cannot be migrated to the cloud.
Step 3: Create and Implement a Backup Plan
Before you move your data and system to the cloud, make sure you have a robust and efficient backup plan in place. Sometimes, moving data from local servers to the cloud can cause issues with software and apps. Having a backup allows you to reload these tools and try again.
Another thing to consider is how you will back up your data once it’s on the cloud. Most cloud-based server providers offer backup tools and best practices training that can keep your data safe, including automated backups. In addition to these fail-safes, train your staff on how to use the new cloud-based server and avoid accidental data losses while using the system.
Step 4: Migrate Your Data
Once you’ve taken an inventory of all the programs you wish to move, developed a migration plan, and implemented a backup strategy, it’s time to take the plunge and migrate your local servers to the cloud. Working with a reputable and professional IT company can help the process go smoothly and allow you to continue to focus on running your business as your servers are moved to the cloud.
For help with your server migration or to learn more about cloud-based server options, get in touch with the Now IT Connects team today.