What and When Should you Migrate to the Cloud?
Nearly every business is contemplating or acting on the need to migrate business services to the cloud. It takes time to think through the options and decide what to migrate and when, and IT organizations are often overwhelmed by the process. Here are some tips for making those decisions easier.
Make the business case first.
Do you need scalability to match the growth of your business? Is your workforce demanding the ability to work anytime, anywhere, on any device? Do you have compliance regulations tied to data security? Do you need a more flexible disaster recovery plan to counter growing cyber threats aimed at your industry? Do you need costs to be more closely tied to consumption of services? Cloud is a great option, but if you can’t make a business case for using these services, then you need to rethink your options.
Cloud migration is not an all-or-nothing proposition.
As you consider cloud migration, it is a good time to take stock in applications that may be fragile, outdated, or need license renewal. For most businesses, cloud migration is a journey.
Some businesses test migration with a less critical application, as success in one area often provides the confidence and impetus to move to more critical needs.
Tie migration to your natural hardware lifecycle.
Eventually all server hardware becomes obsolete. Most enterprises have adopted a replacement cycle to manage this. You can integrate a cloud service plan into the replacement cycle. With this plan, you can retire on-premise physical servers and move the associated applications to the cloud.
Thoroughly investigate costs and SLAs before you make a move.
Cloud service providers often charge on a consumption basis, so you pay for what you use. If your workload makes high use demands on the service provider, the costs can be prohibitive. Be certain you understand the possible costs and that the migration makes more sense than an on-premise or private solution.
Additionally, read through all service level agreements (SLAs) with the cloud service provider. Know exactly what the cloud provider is responsible for and what your enterprise is responsible for. A few of the considerations include responsibility for security, availability, critical failures, disaster recovery, and uptime.
IMPEX Technologies can help you define and execute a cloud infrastructure that fits your business and applications. Call us toll free at (877) 444-6739 or email us to discuss your virtual EHR needs.