Migrating data and workloads to the cloud will often present organizations with a myriad of benefits, including elasticity, scalability, security, performance, and cost savings. However, the process is not the same for every organization, and it varies widely depending on the available resources and long-term business objectives each unique organization possesses.
Whether your organization is migrating from one cloud environment to another, migrating part of a legacy IT system to the cloud while keeping the rest in-house, or migrating to a hybrid cloud environment consisting of multiple clouds, the process can be tedious and time-consuming if not properly optimized. Here are some tips to streamline this crucial undertaking for your organization.
Step Back and Clearly Define Your Cloud Strategy
The best way to streamline your cloud migration process is to take a step back and ask yourself what it is that you are looking for. There is no shortage of solutions on the market—and they are all tailored to organizations and projects with different needs—so you should outline your long-term goals and the projects you’ll be migrating before getting back on the market.
Create a plan that addresses the most basic issues you’ll need to tackle first before getting into the larger questions, such as how you plan to move your data from one environment to the other or whether you plan to colocate servers of your own. Some applications will need changing before the migration begins, and it will be important that you either make those changes or at the very least, identify them as changes that will need to be made.
Once you’ve got a firm idea of what kind of solution you’re looking for—and a clearly defined plan of action for when you’re ready to begin the process—you can more confidently tune out the less applicable solutions vying for your attention on the market.
Leverage Third Party Partners
Working with a third-party partner can offer a significant advantage to your organization when shopping for cloud solutions. These partnerships can accelerate the process of evaluating, comparing, and ultimately choosing the best fit for your long-term plan.
While having professionals in your corner can speed up the process considerably, you’ll still want to be cautious about who you include in your search. Consultants and high-margin Value Added Resellers, for instance, should be avoided, as they often provide little value in return for their exorbitant fees.
Marketplaces like the UCXmarket, however, can provide a hassle-free space where thousands of vendors compete against each other for your business. This proprietary platform provides a single point aggregator model which allows buyers to find a low-cost entry or replacement points to the cloud and compare them in order to find the best deal. This process is driven by price discovery, with free quotes and no buyer transaction fees.
A quality third-party partner doesn’t stop working when you’ve chosen your product, however. UCX will help you with the migration process and even deploy your new cloud services in an effort to make sure you and the CPS you’ve selected are set up for success.
Eliminate Unhelpful Options
Price, while important, should not be your only criterion for choosing which CSP is right for you. Don’t waste your time on solutions that aren’t designed to address your specific needs. Sharing your long-term plans with your third-party partner can help them help you narrow down the list of possibilities and compare CSPs with an eye for both price and fit.
Without a third party partner at your side, the cloud market can be difficult to navigate. You’ll need to be in constant communication with salespeople who can be less than transparent about product specifications. With UCXmarket, the e-commerce and marketplace models are combined and repurposed for cloud buying. All of your options are in one place with full transparency in pricing, specifications, and services so you never pay for more than what you need.
Rollout Your Cloud Services in Phases
While it may seem counterintuitive if your goal is to accelerate your process, rolling out your cloud services in phases can actually save you time by minimizing the growing pains associated with navigating a new system.
Migrating in phases can help you test your product for performance, vulnerability, and stress. Testing is essential to making sure that you’re getting everything you need out of your product while also confirming that your team is growing alongside it rather than struggling to adapt.
Don’t Let Operating Issues Compound
Once you’ve chosen the ideal product for your organization’s needs, third-party partners will facilitate the deployment by removing any obstacles between you and your new CSP and making sure you’re set up for success.
On your end, however, you’ll need to prepare all necessary parties in your organization for the transition and beyond. Take the time to hire and/or train your team on how to most efficiently use your new tools. Solicit early feedback from clients and employees to address issues before they have a chance to compound.
How UCX Can Help
If your MSB is planning to migrate to the cloud, contact us to learn how UCX can help you achieve your goals. If you’re ready to begin shopping for cloud services on UCXmarket, you can sign up for free now.