Cloud migrations, explained

Everything you need to know about cloud migrations, to help you make the right choice for your business

Cloud migration FAQs

So, what exactly is a cloud migration?

A cloud migration is a one-time process of moving your data from your local, in-house servers onto data centers distributed around the world. Once this takes place, you access your data through the internet instead of a computer network located at your office. Storing your data on the cloud makes it more secure, more accessible, and enables your team to update that data from anywhere there’s a reliable internet connection.

Why would a company need to move their data to the cloud?

Companies opt with cloud migrations for a variety of reasons. In some cases, they are seeking to eliminate the expense and upkeep of maintaining in-house servers. In other cases, they are converting their business to a remote work or work-from-home format, and they need their staff to be able to collaborate on projects more easily.

In other instances, companies are seeking to protect themselves from data loss due to an emergency such as flood, fire, hurricane, equipment failure, or even theft, hacking, or ransomware attack. Data that is stored in the cloud can be easily restored in the case of any one of these emergencies, whereas, data stored locally is sometimes irretrievable.

How does a cloud migration work?

Here is the process we use for a typical cloud migration:

Phase 1: Analysis of your data needs

We examine the type and size of your data and ask questions about how that data will be utilized. For example, do you share the data with employees outside of the company? Do you collaborate with partners or share this data externally with clients, and how do you do it? What tasks or features are you not achieving your local data setup? What are your current pain-points in the area of data sharing, collaboration, and storage?

Next, we match the data to an appropriate cloud solution–based on current needs, budget, and goals for the future. We then present our recommendations and conduct an online demo to convey the proposed solution(s). Upon your approval, we commence the actual migration.

Phase 2: Mapping, preparation, and upload

During this phase of your cloud migration, we request a list of users and access permissions to your stored data. We then conduct any necessary data backups to ensure all information is stored safely and protected from data loss. Finally, we use secure, encrypted tools to upload your data to the chosen cloud solution.

Phase 3: Testing and training

In Phase 3, we test and confirm to make sure the uploaded data matches the original file-count. We submit a testing account to one of your team members to test the cloud-based solution and check for any discrepancies. We conduct a mini-training of your staff to educate them on how to access and manage their data in the new location.

Phase 4: Cutover day and follow-up

At last we’ve reached cutover day! This is the point where we convert the server from test to production and go live. We decommission the old system, which can be retained for a short time as an additional backup.

We remain available to assist with any troubleshooting or unforeseen issues. For those who sign up for monthly maintenance and support, we can stay involved, or you can choose to move forward independently. The goal is a total handover so your team can be equipped to manage your own systems on the cloud.

What types of data are good candidates for a cloud migration?

Ideal kinds of data for a cloud migration include data that is stored locally on an in-house server, email stored on a local Microsoft Exchange server, a web application that runs locally (such as a CRM system or an accounting system), and a local phone system.

Why should I hire LimeTech for my cloud migration project?

We’ve conducted cloud migrations for dozens of businesses of all sizes—often under the pressure of tight deadlines. Our deep experience with cloud migrations saves you time and reduces headaches.

We can do a total cloud migration or we can create a hybrid setup, whereby your data is backed up both locally and to the cloud, ensuring redundancy at various levels of your data storage arrangement. You might be surprised by how affordable the process can be, especially when there are so many long-term benefits.

What kind of companies are good candidates for a cloud migration? 

Answer: any of the following.

  • Companies of any size that are converting to remote or WFH (work-from-home)
  • Companies looking to build global teams or collaborate with distant partners
  • Companies looking to hire outside their region
  • Companies trying to modernize their IT systems
  • Companies looking to lower overall IT costs
  • Companies seeking to protect their data from theft and natural disasters

 

If you have any additional cloud migration FAQs, please feel free to reach out, and we’ll add them to our list.

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