Thinking of moving to a cloud infrastructure?

If you’re thinking of moving to a cloud infrastructure, it’s time to plan how your migration will take place, and take into account the different factors to consider during this process to choose the right solution for you. With the right help and IT guidance, your move to a cloud infrastructure can benefit your organisation in the long term. Here are some things to think about when moving to a cloud infrastructure:

 

Availability to match resource requirements

More often than not, application capabilities and availability offered as cloud solutions far exceed the actual requirements of organisations. This can leave them paying for unnecessary resources that they don’t need, as well as having to pay more to include certain features that they do need that aren’t included in lower-priced packages. It’s important to choose the right cloud environment to provide the resource utilisation requirements and availability to manage your application needs.

 

How are applications licensed?

The solution that you choose to use could be licensed per core, for the total infrastructure or per VM, which will have cost implications. For example if you choose a public cloud infrastructure but have a licensing model that accounts for all resources that are available even if not being used, this could incur large costs.

 

Changes to access mechanisms

How do you access applications currently? Depending on the setup you choose, there may be some changes to this following the migration to cloud process. Details such as DNS entries and IP addresses may need updating throughout the process, so it’s important to consider whether a step-by-step migration could be a better approach than a sudden all-in-one approach, or whether doing it in one go is the only feasible method.

 

Integration and dependencies

Sometimes there are application dependencies to consider when migrating to a cloud infrastructure. It’s vital to realise these as early on as possible to avoid downtime and breaks in service. Carrying out the migration following a series of stages to work around any dependencies is often the best way to avoid downtime, or isolating applications can also work.

 

Maintaining sufficient security

Security is often one of the highest concerns for businesses, particularly those handling large volumes of data. All companies are legally required to maintain a secure IT infrastructure to provide sufficient data security for both in-house and customer data.

If you’re looking to move your IT infrastructure to the cloud, and have concerns about security or your current setup, give help4IT a call today on 0800 043 4448.