How does a cloud migration work?

How does a cloud migration work?

You’ve heard the phrase “cloud migration” before, but what does it mean and how does it work? Essentially, a migration to the cloud involves safely moving your data from your company’s internal servers to the cloud. The cloud consists of a vast network of servers located in highly secure data centers around the world.

When your data is stored on the cloud, you access it through the internet instead of through your local network. This process can make it easier for staff to work from home, for businesses to pivot to remote work, and for partners to pitch in on projects from anywhere.

So, how does a cloud migration work? 

Phase 1: Analysis of data needs

We begin by discussing how you use your data so that we understand your needs. We map and document the data structure and the different ways it’s used.

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? How do you currently handle internal vs. external sharing? What tasks or features are missing from your local data setup? Where are the pain-points in file sharing, collaboration, and storage?

Based on your needs, budget, and goals for the future, we match your data to the appropriate cloud solutions.  We present our recommendations and give you an online demo to show how it will work. As soon as we’ve agreed on the strategy, the migration begins!

Phase 2: Mapping, preparation, and upload

This is where you get to sit back and let us do the work. After we receive your list of users and access permissions to your stored data, we conduct data backups to ensure all information is stored safely and protected from loss. We use secure, encrypted tools to upload your data to the chosen cloud solution.

Phase 3: Testing and training

We don’t stop at simply uploading your data to the cloud. In Phase 3, we test to make sure the uploaded data matches the original file-count. One of your team members also tests the cloud-based solution to check for any discrepancies. A mini-training on how to access and manage data in the cloud can be added here.

Phase 4: Cutover day and follow-up

Now that everything has been tested and double-checked, we reach cutover day! The server is converted from testing to full production and goes live. Then, we decommission the old system that’s no longer in use. (Don’t worry, the old system is retained for a short time as an additional backup.)

LimeTech stays available to assist with immediate troubleshooting. At this point your team can use and manage your cloud systems. The most reliable strategy to maintain and address ongoing technical needs is monthly maintenance and support.  That way, we are always on hand to deal with any unforeseen issues that arise. Alternatively, you can go ahead independently. 

In summary

The process of cloud migration is not as complicated as it may seem. With LimeTech on your side, your business can work more efficiently and grow faster and easier with a cloud migration. Additional questions are answered on our cloud migration FAQ page.


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