When a Utah business chooses cloud computing, remote servers and apps allow its employees easy access to the company’s data and important applications from anywhere with an internet connection. Management of server and PC hardware and software can also be decreased. And in many cases, this can all be achieved while saving money on server management and maintenance.

In order to take advantage of these benefits, companies using on premises servers and desktop apps must migrate some or all of their business operations to the cloud. So, what is a cloud migration, and how does a Utah IT managed services company execute a migration?

Why Migrate?

Cloud migration occurs when a company moves some or all of its digital assets, services, and applications from local servers to a cloud-based server. It could also mean migrating from one cloud server to another. These servers are managed by cloud service providers like Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and others.

The main benefits of cloud computing include improved performance and a better digital experience for both employees and customers; scalability; and affordability. Users can access the cloud from anywhere, and their experience may be improved through reduced network latency. Cloud computing can easily be scaled up or down to accommodate any size workload or number of users. And instead of leaving maintenance and security to an in-house IT team, service providers are responsible for these important but costly tasks.

With all these benefits, why hasn’t every business already migrated their data to the cloud? Often it’s because these companies don’t have the capabilities to undertake this risky and complicated task. A failed migration can be catastrophic; data may be lost, and the company will be faced to contend with unplanned downtime. Luckily, companies with an experienced managed services team can expect a smooth transition into cloud computing.

How Does a Migration Work?

To prepare for your migration to the cloud, your outsourced IT team will first help you identify how you want to use cloud computing to benefit your business. The process requires careful analysis, planning, and execution to ensure the cloud solution’s compatibility with your requirements. For example, should you stick with a hybrid approach that allows you to choose which apps to migrate, or is it time for a complete shift to the cloud? Your IT team must always help you consider the possible business outcomes when determining how you should be utilizing the cloud. In addition, you should work with cloud providers to understand possible cost saving strategies and determine how new expenses may affect your bottom line.

Once you have determined your business requirements, the technical planning begins. The goal is to carry out your migration quickly, at the lowest cost, and during a time where your company’s normal operations will be least affected. Your outsourced IT team will prepare to migrate each element by introducing safeguards and determining how to keep data accessible during ongoing migration. Once the migration has been executed and completed, your cloud migration IT team will continue upkeep to ensure your data continues to be accessible, protected, and optimized. Real time monitoring allows your managed services provider to identify and rectify potential issues before they start causing problems for your business.

The INTELITECHS team has the experience necessary to see potential issues before they arise, which means we’ll help your company avoid common yet costly mistakes during server migration and other IT upgrades. In addition to completing all the proper planning on your company’s behalf, INTELITECHS will also promptly address any unanticipated issues that arise during server migration to ensure things get back on track as quickly as possible.

To learn more about how cloud migration could benefit your business, get in touch with our team.