If you’ve made the decision to migrate to the Cloud, well congratulations! This is your first step into delivering better on-demand services for your clients. If you’ve read our whitepaper and previous blog posts, we’re assuming that you’ve taken the time do some research and are well-prepared for the upcoming transition.
Step 1. Preparing For The Migration
Before the initial migration, it’s best to run a few performance and functionality tests for comparison. This includes checking that your application is supported in the cloud and that once there it provides all the functionality you need.
Step 2. Find an Appropriate IT Provider
This may be the most challenging aspect when migrating to cloud. This is mainly due to there being so many providers out there, who in a business owner’s eyes, are offering the same thing. When choosing a provider, be sure to ask them everything you want to know about the options available to you. Once you’ve chosen a provider, your new Cloud hosting account will be available to you.
Step 3. Install Applications and Data
Transitioning your data to the Cloud should be the easiest part, as long as you migrate one application at a time. It’s best to start off small, by moving just your files and email to the Cloud. The reason for this is to quickly free up storage space on your systems. Also, the way they are currently being stored may be outdated and insecure. You will be able to get a feel for the process with the comfort that these migrations are tried and tested. Once this is completed and you’re comfortable moving on to the next stage, you can move all your applications and maybe even desktop environments to the Cloud.
Step 4. Checking and Validation
Once you completed the previous step, a full check is in order. This is to ensure there are no problems with any of your applications or data. The best questions to ask yourself after you transitioned are:
• Did it work?
• Did all of the data transition?
• Can the relevant member access the data?
• Is all the data where it should be?
• Are permissions setup correctly?
• Are backups running?
If the migration was a success, you’re ready to move to the next stage.
Step 5. Change DNS Records and Applications to Point to Your Cloud Service
If you plan on moving your applications to the Cloud and you’ve carried out several performance tests, you’re ready to change the DNS records and applications to point to your new cloud service.
Step 6. Wait, Test, and Action
Once the cloud migration is complete, you may have to wait up to 24 hours after each transition to find out if the move was a complete success.
If you moved your applications to the cloud, regular performance checks are necessary to ensure all systems are a go.
Once you’re confident and happy with the migration and all data is backed-up and safe, you are free to decommission your old systems.
Looking For More Information?
We hope this small checklist was useful. After all, migrating to the Cloud can feel like a massive and scary change!
If you have any more questions on Cloud Computing, get on touch with one of our experts at our Milton Keynes office on
0345 565 1953, or download our whitepaper!