5 most common mistakes made when moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud

Will I, won’t I move!? And what’s the best way to go about it?  Well, before you even consider moving your IT into the cloud, make sure you avoid these 5 common mistakes:

1. Understand what your business needs

Plan, plan, plan!  It is crucial that you define your business objectives.

Making the right move to the cloud can bring many benefits to your business.  Planned well you will see better productivity, reliability and stronger security.  It’s also important to understand what you are getting for your money. Shop around to bring in a strong cloud specialist that will suit your business needs.

2. Don’t go it alone – bring in the experts

Your current team may not be the best solution to manage a migration process.  It is imperative to ensure you have the right expertise.  Cloud migration is a major undertaking and there are usually gaps to fill with in -house teams, so, don’t underestimate this, otherwise you could be in for a difficult and long journey. Invest in the experts, they will remove the complexity.  Once you’ve done your research and appointed the best specialist to suit your needs cloud migration should be a pain free process.

3. Check your internet connection!

This may sound like the most obvious point but once moving to the cloud your employees will need a strong internet connection.  It’s likely that your business connection is strong but, in some cases, we have seen businesses having to increase their bandwidth. We would recommend installing a secondary internet connection (from a different provider) and a clustered firewall as access to the internet will be critical to your business.  The reality is Broadband connections can fail.

4. Neglecting Security

The cloud will make your IT security more secure than ever before through advanced data and cloud protection, two-factor authentication and patch-management, however, you need to be aware of the security features that are built into Cloud platforms.  They are turned off by default so you need to know how to activate these.  But, don’t worry as long as you have the experts involved, they will ensure you know how to configure and monitor this.

5. Have a back-up plan!

Your cloud specialist partner should be on top of this.  Back-up should be at the forefront of your conversations, factor this in, in the early days of your planning process.  It is an essential part of your cloud migration.  For peace of mind, ensure your data is fully protected and managed.

Our world has been transformed and so has the way we work. Moving to the cloud empowers your business to embrace these changes and turn them to your advantage. There has never been a smarter time to move to the cloud.  So, reshape your future and begin your journey to the cloud.