virtualisation & cloud services MIGRATION ADVICE Tony Connor of Datapipe gives his thoughts on what you need to consider when migrating to the cloud. T here are a number of different things to consider when transitioning from private infrastructure to the cloud and selecting the right manager service provider to assist with the process. From security to compliance, companies need to make sure that they have all the boxes ticked to ensure a smooth and easy transition to the cloud, otherwise they can get bogged down in the processes and will find the cloud management too difficult. Ease of use and accessibility Modern life is busy, especially in the business environment, and many IT departments find it a struggle to keep up with the constantly evolving list of cloud service offerings and features. Yet keeping up with these offerings is essential to ensure cloud systems are properly maintained and costs are kept under control. Managed cloud hosting providers can undertake this process on behalf of the business. One consideration when selecting a managed service provider is to find one that offers a single pane of glass solution, as companies often have the issue of logging into a number of different 16 platforms to check all is well with their cloud services. The concept of a single pane of glass means that companies would be able to converge the different platforms into one instead of using them separately, making their cloud services more accessible and enabling changes with speed and efficiency. Businesses should be looking for cloud providers that will make life easier for them through accessible cloud services. Security Security is incredibly important for companies looking to get into the cloud, and Datapipe has seen an increased influx of companies citing security as one of their key concerns with the cloud over the last 10 years. It is a fact that all businesses need to make sure that their data is secure, while those that need to handle data for their clients will have to ensure that their data is protected as well. Kaldor, a software house that designs and builds innovative mobile content platforms and applications, was faced with security concerns transitioning from owned infrastructure to cloud. Kaldor wanted to ensure that its cloud provider could keep its clients’ data safe and there were a number of issues that were front and centre when Kaldor made the transition: anti-virus and vulnerability scanning capabilities being just two of them. Businesses that are making the transition to the cloud should look for certified companies when selecting a managed hosting provider to guarantee peace of mind on their clients’ behalf and increase the likelihood of working together. Connectivity There is no point moving to the cloud if processes are going to run slower than they did before. Connectivity speed and latency are important factors to consider when planning a migration. When moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud, it is worth partnering with a company that can provide access to local and global data centres. A local data centre will minimise issues with latency and connectivity between the business’ software and systems, as well as the employees and customers that access them. The ability to tap into additional data centres, on a global scale, will ensure that your provider will be able to accommodate you as your business grows and expands. This will reduce the chance of having to undergo another migration as your business grows.