Companies that want to achieve digital transformation and capitalise on growth prospects should be looking into cloud migration.

What is Cloud Migration and why does your company need it?

Simply described, cloud migration is the process of transferring your company's data centre capabilities including emails, applications, etc to a cloud computing environment usually provided by a cloud service provider such as Azure and AWS. Cloud migration has so many benefits including –

The best feature of a cloud system is that all users can access cloud services and the data available to them from anywhere. This is a critical move when planning for digital transformation and it improves customer experience, allows for remote working, and gives your employees access to the best and most adaptable technologies. BYOD (bring-your-own-device) programmes and remote working policies can both benefit from cloud computing services.

Unlike a physical on-site infrastructure, cloud computing can readily scale to serve larger workloads and additional users. When it comes to a traditional IT set-up, scaling is time consuming, expensive and is prone to errors which is easily reduced by migrating everything to a cloud-based system. 

Almost half of businesses estimate that using cloud technology would reduce their IT costs by 30 to 50 percent. Migrating to cloud computing could save your business money and allow for a more predicted operating cost in comparison to the traditional IT structure if your company optimises its cloud usage. It’s because, rather than investing heavily in an expensive on-site hardware, your company will only pay for the services it uses on a pay-as-you-go arrangement.

Companies that still rely on legacy technologies risk jeopardising their customers’ security in addition to spending billions to maintain this system operational. With GDPR dominating the scene, your company needs to find the safest methods for storing and managing the data it generates.
Luckily, when it comes to safeguarding your assets, cloud computing provides unrivalled protection. Our team can additionally set up app security sophisticated threat detection, multi-factor authentication, and a complete security evaluation across all of your systems. This will ensure that your data security is impenetrable and that the risk of a breach is kept to a minimum.

How can Coleman Communications help?

Coleman Communications can fully migrate your data capabilities to the cloud and the best possible cost. We start by assessing your business and thereby determining the best cloud strategy and operating model that would suit your needs. We then help you in executing a secure, cost-effective, and agile migration to the Cloud.

In our opinion there is no ‘all size fits all’ when it comes to cloud migration and therefore our IT experts will work with you to figure out what your present IT problems are and the best way migration can help you mitigate those problems.We assess the dynamics of your workplace to come up with the best strategy to accomplish the migration with the least amount of downtime and disturbance to your organisation.

Our Cloud Migration Framework

First and foremost, our consultants will discuss your business and its requirements. We will then assess your infrastructure, application, and data using specialised techniques to identify the best cloud solution based on the goals you have set for your business. We will also need to determine the primary need for cloud migration, whether it is needed for virtualisation, data storage, disaster recovery, etc. Further on we can discuss which deployment will the best for your business, whether hybrid or complete cloud based.

It’s important examine your infrastructure at this point and figure out what elements will control the migration and to figure out how reliant you are on data: do you have data that has to be synced daily, do you have data compliance obligations to meet, or do you have unimportant data that can be moved in the first few runs of the migration? All this is essential in devising the most seamless and best cloud migration strategy for your business.

This phase involves developing a migration plan for each application as well as a strategy for completing it including the timeline, the process, etc. At this stage its best to take advantage of everything cloud computing has to offer,meaning you can shift, refit or evolve your apps, or completely rebuild them.  We finalise the plans, budget, packages, etc during this stage as well.

To ensure a smooth transition, we use automatic cloud management and migration tools, as well as a transformation management plan.  The major objective here is to complete your migration with the least amount of downtime, within the budget, and in the shortest amount of time possible. We know how disrupting it can be for business operations if critical data becomes inaccessible to users during a relocation and we prepare in advance for the same. Before migrating another workload element, we test each individual workload to see if it works in the new environment.

After migration it’s critical to test that the cloud system is optimised, encrypted, and accessible in the future.We will also check the security of data at rest in addition to real-time monitoring to ensure that when working in your new environment, all systems and processes comply with regulatory compliance regulations such as HIPAA and GDPR. You might also need to train your technical and IT team to tackle any issues that may arise as well as prevent any data breach. Coleman Communications offers training services on cloud computing and upkeep and offers the option of annual monitoring and support services. With our annual support and maintenance package you can be rest assured that our team will support you with any issues that may arise.

If you are interested in a consultation, don’t hesitate and contact us now!