Cloud Migration is the process of moving the company’s crucial data onto a cloud server. This is an important function for a Business as this ensures security of the organisation’s data. Keep reading to know more about Cloud Migration.
Data is an integral part of any business as it is majorly dependant on the data that they have. The amount of data differs from organisation to organisation, as it depends on the size and strength of the organisation. As the business grows, the amount of data increases significantly.
Cloud Migration and its need
When an organisation has hundreds of users, SAP modifications, different kind of applications, several forms of integration & a system which, still can work in its basic form, moving data to the cloud can be a challenging task. To complete the transfer, the business has to move a lot of information to the cloud in a limited period of time. This is the reason because of which, many businesses do not have a cloud migration strategy in place. However, there can be many reasons for a business not to have a cloud migration strategy. However, the company should consider thinking about creating a good plan when the time arises.
There are predictions that, “By 2019, more than 30 per cent of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only.” There are changes which have been taking place in the hardware and data centre world too. A study by Cisco stated that “By 2018, more than four-fifths of all data centre traffic, i.e. about 83%, will be based in the cloud.” However, knowing when to shift to cloud storage is equally important, as it determines whether the shift will bring about a positive or a negative change. So, how to decide if it’s the right time to shift?
Making the migration decision:
The first thing to take into consideration is the reason behind the need for change. Is it because of the Hardware Cost or Business Benefit?
Cloud Migration due to current hardware lifecycle policy:
When a company moves its capabilities from its service to the cloud, they will have to abandon some hardware investments. This can be the case unless their premises server(s) possess the ability to be repurposed. However, leaving hardware might still be a good option, taking into consideration the actual business case. However, concluding that it is not beneficial, an alternative route would be required. The business has to have a plan for cloud migration, before the servers reach the end of their life.
Almost all businesses have a hardware lifecycle policy. For example, IT hardware is effectively retired post five years. In this case, an organisation might have to plan to move to the cloud before the time ends. As it is not necessary that all the servers should be purchased at the same time, the retirement of the oldest critical server can be considered as the trigger point.
Moving based on business needs:
Usually, the secondary or the alternative driver depends on the needs of the business itself. Other than that, the cloud adoption priorities should be based on the areas which provide them with the most significant benefits.
For example, priority should be given to areas where the users can show a business case for moving to cloud-based applications that require integration today. Also, the Merger and Acquisition activity should be given priority, as it results in the need to consolidate different ERP systems. The business case may be favoured by a straight-to-cloud approach, instead of shifting a newly acquired business into SAP on-premise.
Cloud migration is an essential function which every business has to do. Therefore, the business needs to make sure that the process is carried out smoothly and good quality is maintained. With much experience in the industry, we understand the needs of the businesses and know how you can deal with these problems.
If you wish to move your business from SAP into the cloud or have any queries about the same, get in touch with our experts by contacting us to get a solution perfectly tailored for your business. Our world-class data migration system will help you migrate to the cloud easily. Take benefit of our DataKeeper software to protect and recover data in case of any unpleasant disaster. Shift your business to a High Availability environment with us and improve your business productivity substantially.
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