More than ever, data storage is becoming increasingly digitized. In fact, cloud data storage solutions are set to see a double-digit CAGR increase by 2025 due to growth in digital data volumes. And, with worldwide data expected to grow to 175 zettabytes by 2025, the need for digitized data storage is greater than ever. For perspective, 1 zettabyte is equal to a trillion gigabytes. The result is that more companies are moving from on-premise data storage to virtualized digital storage solutions like Microsoft Azure.
In that light, where should one begin when it comes to moving data to the cloud? Also, what will be the result of transferring your data to the cloud? Proper planning is critical when migrating data to the cloud, and there are essential areas to consider to keep business-critical data secure.
Organize Your Transition To Cloud Services
Migrating your data to the cloud is often a challenging process. Therefore, it’s important to do so with professional help and a good plan. Below is a framework for organizing a transition to cloud storage:
- Scalability: Leverage scalable solutions that allow you to adjust cloud storage based on operational needs and budget limitations.
- Cloud Security: Talk to your IT service provider about the security needs of your business before migrating your data to the cloud. One of the most significant benefits of cloud services is the security apparatus that protects data. Many commercial cloud storage platforms encode data with encryption keys. In Microsoft Azure, data is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption (Advanced Encryption Standard). AES was developed by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and is used worldwide today.
- Budgeting Costs: Optimize your cloud migration budget by identifying the most critical data to migrate. Whether you pay for the requisite hardware upgrades to facilitate migration or use a third-party cloud migration tool, you still have to plan for ongoing expenses for managing cloud storage. So, identify what your optimal performance requirements are and start from there.
- Accelerating Migration: Decide where you need to accelerate the cloud migration process and schedule the migration to limit interruptions to daily operations. You’ll want to start with the most critical data and migrate the other data as needed.
- Hybrid Hardware: Work with your IT service provider to determine the hardware upgrades or cloud storage solutions needed for your project. For example, a hybrid storage solution combines a public and private cloud. This option allows you to leverage the computing power of the public cloud while protecting sensitive data in the private cloud.
These are some rules that you will want to follow when migrating data to the cloud. With proper organization and planning, your cloud migration project will have little impact on your daily operations. It’s important to engage professional IT services to ensure the smooth implementation of cloud migration.
Get Feedback From Important Stakeholders
Getting feedback is essential when migrating to the cloud. You want to ensure that you choose the right cloud services and storage options to facilitate operational efficiency. Some of the questions you may want to ask after migrating to the cloud include:
- What do your project managers think about the migration and improvements to IT Infrastructure?
- Will there be an on-site storage solution to comply with data privacy regulations and laws like the GDPR or California Consumer Privacy Act?
- How much will the cloud migration cost, and how can it be scaled without breaking the bank?
- Do your clients benefit from moving to the cloud, and what are the improvements on the client-side?
- Where is the data stored, and what options do you have to protect business-critical data?
- What are integrations beyond data storage that can increase operational efficiency and, by extension, bottom-line profits?
Ask these questions to identify your business needs. These questions will give you the essential feedback needed to gauge the business value of cloud migration.
Implement Tangible Solutions to Track Costs and Savings Once Data Is in the Cloud
When you invest in improvements for your business, you want to see tangible benefits. Essentially, your business investments need to result in visible cost savings, improved tax advantages, and/or increased sales revenues. Some of the following benefits are what you can expect when you invest in cloud services for your business:
- Scalable solutions that work with your budget during economic expansions and downturns.
- Access to disruptive technologies to leverage for improved business operations.
- Access to a variety of software, hosting, and data storage solutions, depending on the needs of your business.
These are some tangible benefits that you can expect when you invest in cloud services. The migration of your business data to the cloud provides you with tangible benefits that can in turn reduce overhead costs and expenses. With cloud storage, your business won’t be held captive to on-premise infrastructure limitations. You can scale seamlessly in line with real-time data storage demands.
Combine Cloud Storage and Microsoft Services to Do More for Your Business
Your cloud migration investment can be maximized by combining cloud storage with Microsoft services like Sharepoint Online. When you sign up for Microsoft 365 with Sharepoint Online, each of your employees will have access to OneDrive cloud storage. These integrations can allow you to collaborate seamlessly on projects and campaigns.
- With OneDrive, you can share business files across departments or even outside your organization.
- Optimize in-house communications with Microsoft Business Voice to make calls anywhere via Microsoft Teams. You’ll be able to merge voice calling with chats and meetings as well as leverage Microsoft collaborative tools like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to increase workplace productivity.
- Easily monitor mission-critical data across distributed locations.
The above constitutes various ways to combine cloud storage and Microsoft services to transform business operations. Cloud services can help improve daily workflows to facilitate greater efficiency. Migrating to the cloud also provides your business with a scalable solution that allows you to control costs according to the evolving needs of your business.
If you’re considering cloud storage and how it can help you meet your business objectives, you aren’t alone. According to a 2019 Cloud Security Alliance study, 69% of enterprises have already migrated mission-critical data to the cloud. And, these businesses are increasingly pivoting to cloud infrastructure-as-a-service providers to facilitate the secure migration of data. When you’re ready to transform your data storage capabilities, contact Nexinite to implement the right cloud solutions for your business.