More companies are choosing to migrate to the cloud as a solution for their business. Is moving to the cloud the right decision for your organization? We tell you all about it!

Before diving into the world of cloud solutions and its potential, it’s important to first understand what it is. In simple terms, cloud migration is the process of moving components, data and applications that are hosted on servers inside an organization to the cloud. Simple enough, right? The cloud as a solution is a relatively recent service on the market but it quickly became the desired approach for businesses to store data. Generally, organizations have struggled to grow their information infrastructures. However, the efficiency and scalability that the cloud brought, provided more than an added option, it delivered the ideal solution. Considering this option is important, as well as determining what is needed or where to start to take on such an endeavor.

Why do it?

Deciding to migrate to the cloud is, for one, cost-effective and with any business, managing investment vs cost is key. Take into consideration that by maintaining your data in a data warehouse onsite you are responsible for managing the entire infrastructure, its needed support, and overall maintenance which in time can become very costly.  As mentioned earlier, scalability is an important feature and a major benefit as it allows businesses to independently manage the speed in which they expand without concerning themselves with issues like space. When deciding about migrating to the cloud, security is a clear advantage. Keep in mind that providers with data warehouses are responsible for top-notch security and provide an extremely skilled and experienced team dedicated to this. In other words, the right provider assures industry-standard compliance requirements, as well as certifications such as SOC 2, ISO27001, HIPAA, and PCI. Lastly, support. As expected, there can be some complexity when it comes to data and cloud migration. Not to worry, Out.Cloud has product wizards that provide support whenever needed.

Sounds great, what's next?

Now that you decided to migrate to the cloud, the next step is understanding and then choosing what is the right cloud computing service for you.  It can be Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), providing an instant computing infrastructure managed over the internet with no need for the customer to buy physical servers and other data center infrastructure. Platform as a Service (PaaS) which consists of a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, allowing customers to develop, run and manage applications. Lastly, Software as a Service (SaaS), a provider hosts rentable applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet.

The future

Without a doubt, the introduction of cloud computing has provided a window to the future, foreseeing a solution to problems concerning managing big data and cyber-security. For many organizations, the choice to migrate to the cloud has reshaped and transformed how technology is used and information is stored but also how it’s shaped thanks to emerging technologies that will eventually be integrated, such as A.I. More than ever, cloud computing must be considered and migrating to a cloud service is becoming a current choice for many organizations. This decision has proven to be extremely beneficial, providing a major impact on efficiency, greater flexibility and equally important, a strategic advantage, from increasing productivity to automation. Cloud computing isn’t just the future, it’s the new norm.