Managed IT services providers in Atlanta can help simplify the cloud transition process. There are a lot of steps in this process and this is going to be a short article. Thankfully, there are several primary categories under which the varying processes can be condensed. MSPs can be instrumental in helping you cost-effectively fill them. The categories you should focus on include:
- Sourcing a cloud provider who meets your needs
- Doing due diligence in terms of planning pertaining to the switch
- Prepping for data and app migration
- Validation and checking
Sourcing the Cloud Providers Who Will Meet Your Needs
Managed IT services providers in Atlanta deal with a variety of clients who have needs that differ as they do. Finding the right cloud provider that has worked with many similar businesses in the past may be difficult for you. MSPs deal with the reality of client data usage among different customers and they can see where certain providers may miss the mark in regard to your organization. There are quite a few different options to choose from, including:
- Amazon Web Services
- Softlayer (an IBM Company)
- VMware vCloud Air
- Google Cloud Platform
- Microsoft Azure
Some of these will be better suited to your needs than others. MSPs can play an integral part in helping you secure the right solution.
Planning and Prep
There are many different levels of cloud application you should consider. Sometimes, you'll be taking a fuller approach to the cloud, and sometimes, you'll be taking a less intensive approach. You need to know what you plan on transferring to the cloud, the best way to transfer it, how long this is going to take, which systems will be impacted and any unexpected collateral costs. Again, MSPs that offer cloud computing have greater experience in helping businesses make this transition. They can help you identify key areas that may not be visible from within.
Data and App Migration
A division of planning and preparation that is very much its own category involves migrating applications and data. Some applications will be in use throughout the company and can't be migrated during regular operation, some won't be. Data needs to be redundantly secured beforehand as well. MSPs can help expedite and smooth this process.
Validation and Checking
Next, you need to validate that all systems were properly transferred to the cloud and that they're working properly. There are other things that need to be checked, too, such as whether all the data made the proper transition. This can be complicated and time-consuming. MSPs can be instrumental in lightening the load here.
Whether or not you migrate using one, you'll need to be very careful to ensure that the transition has come off as smoothly as intended.
A Secure Transition
A managed IT services provider in Atlanta like MIS Solutions can help you choose the right cloud, properly plan and prepare for the migration, ensure applications and data make the transition smoothly, and check everything afterward to ensure it's properly validated. Contact us to optimize your business and reduce collateral costs.