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Your 4-step guide to a successful public cloud migration

27 April 2021 by Laura Valentine

With 82% of SMBs reporting reduced costs as a result of cloud technology adoption, migrating to the cloud is a no-brainer for businesses in 2021 (especially considering the struggle most organisations experienced in 2020).

However, cloud migrations are also fraught with horror stories – alarmingly, estimates of cloud failure rates range between 44% and 57%.

With such costly and long-term implications, getting your cloud migration right is critical to your business’ future operations and success. 

So here it is, Your 4-step guide to a successful public cloud migration.

1. Set clear goals for your public cloud migration

If you don’t know what you’re aiming for, it’s unlikely you’ll hit your target. In fact, 55% of IT experts cite the lack of a clear business case as the reason for their failed cloud migration.

That’s why your first step must be to precisely identify the goals of your public cloud migration.

Do you want to improve information access? Perhaps adopt a more scalable IT infrastructure for business agility and growth? Or maybe it’s to reduce your IT team’s growing data security burden?  

Setting specific goals helps you gauge the scope of your migration, offers a way to measure its effectiveness, and builds a compelling business case – which reassures stakeholders that public cloud migration is a worthwhile course of action.

Say you want to reduce your IT team’s workload. By communicating this objective to your stakeholders, you can plan how you’ll reach the goal and pinpoint what went wrong if you don’t.

Whatever the reason, the more specifically you can define your optimal outcome, the greater your chances of getting the result you want. Working with a seasoned cloud migration specialist like UKFast at the early planning stage is a huge help. We can help you identify the scale of your data migration operation, how you can safely and securely migrate your data, and – perhaps most importantly – calculate the Return on Investment you can expect to see.

2. Securely migrate your data to public cloud

With your business outcomes clearly defined, your next step is to choose the best public cloud platform for your business – with choices ranging from large hyperscalers such as AWS or Microsoft Azure, to innovative platforms like eCloud® from UKFast.

We won’t go into the individual benefits, drawbacks, and quirks of each public cloud platform here, but if you’d like to learn more, UKFast’s experts would be happy to talk you through which cloud platform might be best.

Once you’ve selected a platform, it’s time to migrate. With the average business managing approximately 347TB of data in a variety of different formats, no migration is identical. That’s why planning ahead is essential. 

Unless you’ve got a skilled team with time on their hands, you’ll need a cloud migration expert like UKFast to help you through the process. 

With huge volumes of business-critical data from multiple servers and locations, UKFast ensures every migration goes as smoothly as possible by:

  • Creating a data hierarchy to prioritise data during migration. 
  • Testing the migration in phases to identify and patch any vulnerabilities. 
  • Assessing and configuring your app infrastructure to ensure everything works optimally in your new cloud environment.

When you have an expert overlooking the entire process, public cloud migration takes a huge load off your IT team and makes the whole thing a breeze.

3. Share the maintenance load of your cloud infrastructure

Once data is migrated, many IT teams take their foot off the pedal. However, post-migration there’s still a crucial decision to make: How will you manage your public cloud infrastructure?

This is ultimately a skill, time, and resource equation. If you have the expertise to manage your cloud infrastructure in-house, and those experts have the time to patch vulnerabilities in real-time to prevent security breaches, then you’re all set.

Failure to fulfil both of these functions in-house poses a serious risk to your business’ operations and security. If you don’t have the resource, a third-party cloud management service is your best path forward.

At UKFast, we act as an extension of your team to manage and maintain your public cloud infrastructure. More than just keeping your public cloud infrastructure running though, we keep it protected and future-ready with:

  • Continuous optimisation that uses actionable insights to keep your applications working at their best
  • Cloud security specialists who are available 24/7 to monitor, detect and mitigate any threats to your infrastructure
  • Automation-first DevOps training that empowers your staff to become next-generation cloud experts

When your public cloud instance is secured and optimised in real-time, you’re free to focus on the bigger picture – running your business.

4. Continually evolve your infrastructure for future demands

Once your public cloud infrastructure is in place, it still needs constant updates to meet the changing needs of your business.

New applications, features, functionality, customers and data sources are changing what businesses need from their cloud infrastructure on a near day-to-day basis. Whether it’s helping you keep up with a rise in users as your business grows, or finding more effective ways of running your business. 

That’s why any public cloud solution needs in-built flexibility that allows businesses to reengineer and plug in business-altering tech in an instant. 

A managed service provider (MSP) like UKFast helps here too. By working behind the scenes to monitor usage and update infrastructure, we not only reduce pressure on your IT team but also prepare your public cloud infrastructure for inevitable changewhenever it may be.

Manage your public cloud with UKFast

As you can see, public cloud migrations are huge undertakings that don’t just end with data relocation. 

So, if you’re missing the internal time or resources to make your migration successful, UKFast are here to help. Not only do we support you through your migration to public cloud, but we also stick around to keep everything running smoothly too.

If that sounds good, get in touch to find out how you can scale and achieve better business outcomes in the cloud.

To find out how the UKFast experts can support your migration, get in touch today.