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Over the past few years, cloud computing and everything that it has to offer has taken the tech world by storm. Although not a new technology per se, this computing model is now making it easier to deliver computing resources to businesses worldwide, and at a fraction of their existing costs. Today, the computing needs of a company have reduced exponentially owing to automation, and the internet-powered cloud migration strategy is already helping countless businesses worldwide make smooth transitions.
With 10% of the companies with over 1000 employees projected to spend more than $10M on cloud migration in the US alone, we know that the rapid adoption of cloud technology is not really far away. By 2018 typical IT departments within a typical company will have very few platforms (40%) residing in on premise systems, while letting the cloud take care of all the hard work. Today, many companies have started their journey towards an integrated cloud environment by migrating their existing systems, apps, services, and data to the cloud.
In the simplest of terms, cloud migration involves the process of moving relevant business data, applications, and other important elements of an organization from its desktops and servers to the cloud. This process can sometimes also entail moving data between different cloud environments provided by different service providers based upon their area of expertise.
Cloud migration makes cloud computing possible, wherein the cloud performs all the computing that was earlier performed by mobile devices, laptops, or desktops. The benefits of cloud computing are many, as most of the background processing is now conducted at large, secure data centers thereby saving valuable company resources. At the same time, cloud migration challenges are still an important reality that many companies wake up to unless they partner with an experienced service provider.
There are 3 basic types of cloud to which cloud migration can take place, and service providers offer their services accordingly. These include -
IaaS forms the basic foundation of cloud computing and includes data backup, data storage, and data security. AWS or Amazon Web Services is a typical example of IaaS service provider, who offer databases, storage, private virtual servers, and other support services on demand and bill by the hour or by data consumed.
SaaS providers generally provide access to internet-based software for corporations and businesses on a monthly rental basis, or in some cases, based on per-user basis. Quite a few high end software including entire Adobe's suite of editing and graphic design software are now offered as a cloud subscription service. Some SaaS applications need extensive customization and vendor support, while others are more manageable and can be set up easily by regular users or a company's IT admin.
Many people consider PaaS to be the next evolution for the cloud, wherein the PaaS vendors provide an entire framework and basic functions using which their clients can develop their own applications. Microsoft Azure and Force.com from Salesforce are perfect examples of PaaS service providers.
The cloud is an important business element for almost every enterprise which wants to stay relevant in the face of intense competition, and moving their data-heavy workload to the cloud is an extremely crucial first-step in their cloud migration strategy. Let us have a look at some cloud migration benefits -
Even with all the impressive statistics against it name; it cannot be denied that there are quite a few drawbacks of cloud computing as well. This is because the technology, although robust, is still in nascent stages of being perfected and still has a few kinks which need to be ironed out. Some of these drawbacks include -
Cloud migration is eventually going to see widespread acceptance, if not already, but many cloud-detractors still like to ask the universal question - "If it is so good, why is it not everywhere?" Apart from the litany of reasons as mentioned above, one of the biggest reasons behind the slow adoption of cloud migration is that organizations are still unclear about how to deal with the challenges.
Let us discuss a few solutions to such existing problems, and how they can be solved -
At Flatworld, we understand the risks of cloud migration and that the process requires expert attention and care in order for it to be successful. Whether you are upgrading, replacing, or consolidating your existing data and apps on the cloud, we ensure that the whole process remains highly secure while costing you minimal resources and time.
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