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What to consider when moving to the cloud?

First and foremost, to move to the cloud, there must be a concrete need for it, such as your systems struggling due to increased data volume. If your existing IT infrastructure works flawlessly, transitioning to the cloud is often not a good idea, despite its many advantages.

Not sure if the cloud or local hosting is the best for you? Then we recommend that you read more about the two options.

Key considerations for cloud migration

If there is a clear need for a cloud migration, it's important to consider the move as part of the entire company's strategy and to be aware that it may impact significant parts of the business. As a result, it’s crucial to do it the right way. Despite the cloud often being more cost-effective, if done incorrectly, it can become very expensive for you as a user. Here are some important considerations:

Specify your needs

It's important to know in advance why you are migrating to the cloud; it shouldn’t be done "just because". What do you want to achieve? Is it about cost savings, scaling operations, or improving performance? Ensure that your decision aligns with the company's overall goals.

Review all systems and integrations

Conduct an inventory to understand all systems and their connections, including any integrations with external systems. Determine what needs to be moved to the cloud and what adjustments or rebuilding may be necessary for everything to function in the new environment.

Leverage the cloud's advantages

The cloud offers numerous benefits, but many overlook them due to a lack of knowledge of their existence or how they work. Some companies have cloned an existing server and set it up in the cloud the same way, resulting in a negative experience. Make the most of the cloud's features – otherwise, you might as well stick with your traditional IT infrastructure.

Check authorization levels

The cloud presents endless possibilities, both good and bad, making it easy for example for someone with access to set up an entirely new environment. It's crucial for your organization to review the authorization levels of all employees and plan how to manage them in the cloud.

It might sound cheaper than it is

When used correctly, the cloud is cost effective, but your migration needs to be well-planned to understand your actual requirements. Overall, analyzing and understanding the costs from cloud providers can be challenging, which creates the risk of purchasing unnecessary services.

Many services and options

Regarding services, thorough research is necessary, not just due to potential unnecessary costs. Cloud service offerings can be a complex jungle. For example, in Azure, there are both Event Hub and Event Grid services, and it's crucial to understand which one to use for event data.

Abstraction level and data storage

For your data's security, understanding the Shared Responsibility Model commonly used by cloud providers is vital. The model means, in simple terms, that the provider is responsible for the security of the cloud infrastructure, while the customer is responsible for securing the data within it.

It's also important to understand how to manage complexity, where higher levels of abstraction reduce the need to handle underlying infrastructure but may introduce limitations in customization and control. Here, it's crucial to strike a balance between convenience and control.

Think about the future

Only considering your current needs and requirements can be costly in the long run. Set up your cloud environment to be flexible and robust, capable of handling changes over time. Invest in building an agile architecture that is easy to adapt when requirements and conditions change.

If moving to the cloud – get help from an expert

The cloud offers many opportunities and opens up many doors when it comes to flexibility and innovation. However, it also constitutes a complex infrastructure platform, and the transition from more traditional infrastructure requires careful planning.

We have assisted many clients with cloud migration, making the process significantly easier. You won't have to worry about the complex pricing models of providers and exactly which services you need. We understand the cloud inside and out, and once we hear about your needs and future visions, we will know exactly what your requirements are.

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