Cloud computing has become an all-but completely compelling choice for most businesses. The clear advantages of moving many IT workloads to the Cloud have become undeniable, including: significant cost reduction, system resilience, sustainability, redundancy, elasticity, user self-service, continuity of business, automated data backup, and more. With a well-planned transition from on-premise to cloud computing, you’ll deliver a greatly enhanced user experience without any disruption!
But before you can enjoy any of that, you need to finish the transition. This means all of your existing data will need to be migrated from your existing systems to the new cloud-based environment.
While you’re formulating a plan that will take advantage of best practices, you will frequently find yourself lacking all the resources to assure that all of your existing data will be available to users on Day Zero when they start using the new cloud solution.
This is a major concern that must be addressed toensure a completely smooth transition.
This is also a great opportunity that you’ll seldom see again. This is an excellent time to make decisions about archiving older data and keeping them “near” the live system instead of on it. This will accelerate so many processes. You will have more control over versions, backups, eDiscovery, and more. You’ll also reduce costs coming from your new cloud services, and you’ll enable your users to improve performance by generating many queries and reports without impacting the online data, especially historical reports, and also without additional licensing costs or contention for cloud computing resources.
As you begin to develop your migration strategy and develop your plan, consider these Top 10 Best Practices for migrating your data from your previous on-premise system to your new cloud environment.