Know what to look for before deciding how you will migrate your data to the cloud
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So, your company is looking to upgrade from on-site storage to the more secure and accessible world of the cloud. But, it’s best not to get ahead of yourself, there are many ways that you can prepare and research before initiating a company wide data migration.
First, you will need to determine what your company’s needs are and begin looking for data migration services to fit your needs. How quickly can all of our data be migrated while constantly maintaining and protecting all of your files? How much will this cost? All of these are important questions to ask when considering migrating your data, and it can seem like a daunting task.
Luckily there are all inclusive services out there like Amazon Data Migration Services or Salesforce Connect to give you the help you need. Here are our top tips to ensure a seamless data migration.
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Set goals for your data migration
It is important to always begin a major undertaking, like a data migration, with some concrete and achievable goals in mind. How quickly do you expect to be fully operational on the cloud? What are some points of concern in your current data management system that you would like to address or improve upon? What kind of security will best fit your needs? Answering these questions is your first step to bringing your company into the future of cloud storage.
Just because you are migrating your data to the cloud doesn’t necessarily mean that all of your data has to be stored in the cloud. You may require some cloud storage to offset the burden currently placed on your on-site system. This can take on many forms including migrating your data to the cloud as a backup for archival storage purposes. Once you have prepared a clear set of goals and aspects of a potential data migration system that you require, it is time to begin looking for that perfect system.
Data loss is often the biggest concern when it comes to data migration. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
Assess Your Most Important Security Priorities
One of the major concerns when it comes to data migration is how can you maximize security and ensure there is no data loss during the transfer. Think about potential problems you could run into and plan ahead to combat these issues. This is important when considering which data migration service is the right one for you, because each industry requires different levels of security in order to operate properly. Every data migration service touts their high levels of security, but you have to do the research to determine which one is right for you. For example, an important topic is data encryption. How will your data be protected while it is being migrated versus encryption on data that is stored in the cloud? It is important to ensure that all potential providers detail both services to keep your data secure.
Cloud based storage systems tend to be much cheaper to migrate to and maintain over time. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
Evaluate the approximate cost
Many data migration systems these days are exceptionally low cost compared to on-site data storage systems. Previously, in order to perform a data migration, it would require skilled labor and dreaded periods of downtime. That is no longer the case. For example Amazon’s Data Migration service can transfer 1 Terabyte of data for about $3 on average. Low cost makes it much easier and more financially possible for smaller companies to access the latest technology.
It is helpful to consider that a migration to the cloud generally decreases upkeep costs once your migration is complete. There will be no need to perform costly system updates every few years as data storage technology develops when the cloud system performs automatic updates. Before you decide on a specific service, calculate a total amount you expect your migration to cost and work from there.
Making sure your data migration is the very best fit for your business can be difficult because there are so many different services. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
Investigate several different systems
There are a lot of different data migration methods and cloud systems currently available. Now that you have your list of essential needs and a price point, you are ready to begin exploring your options. Some services are focused on speed and efficiency, others prioritize redundancy and security. Or maybe you are looking for a service that guarantees as little downtime as possible? All of these options are available to you. Some examples of data migration systems include Amazon Data Migration Services, Snaplogic, Salesforce Connect, and Acronis Cyber Backup. When looking for a data migration service ensure that the app is well suited for the cloud and that the cloud architecture will be beneficial to your business. This can be the most important step in your selection process since each business has unique needs, and you want your cloud migration service to be optimized to you.
It is always a good idea to seek expert advice before beginning your data migration. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
Talk to an expert
Though you may have a clear idea in mind, it is also best to consult an expert when it comes to something as important as your company’s data. These systems are easy to use once they are set up, but it is important to ensure that they are set up to ensure a seamless transition. You can always contact your local technology service provider to help initiate and oversee the migration process.
Now that you have assessed your needs and have come up with a detailed list of priorities, you are ready to make your selection. Remember, that though a data migration can seem like a painful task, if you find the right service provider, it doesn’t have to be. Just make sure you are asking the right questions, and you will be well on your way!