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One of the major goals for businesses operating in the current landscape is Cloud migration. It has become prevalent due to the many operational benefits that come with it. Enhanced scalability, lower overhead, improved collaboration, and enhanced security are just a few of the benefits.

While cloud migration has many attractive benefits for businesses, taking the first step can sometimes be overwhelming. Without a solid roadmap, it’s easy to get lost in the complexity of the process.

So we’ve rounded up four steps you must take to prepare for a migration to the Cloud.

Step 1: Determine User Impact

To prepare your business to move to the Cloud, you have to understand user impact to determine the best strategy to use. Understanding how users interact with the applications you intend to move is essential. Taking note of these dependencies and protocols helps smooth the migration process.

Step 2: Determine Your Infrastructure Needs

Your resource requirements and the application ability should be the main criteria when choosing the best Cloud for your workload. When you know the level of resiliency your business requires, it becomes easier to decide whether you’ll maintain your current infrastructure or redesign it completely.

Step 3: Search for Vendor Migration Resources

Consider potential vendors that provide resources to help with your cloud migration. Some vendors offer software tools, documentation services, and even full-service migrations. Examine what these vendors provide and compare that to your organization’s resources.

You might get more value by partnering with a professional service provider to support your migration needs. They have more experience and expertise, and you’re guaranteed a smooth transition to the Cloud.

Step 4: Estimate Costs

There is variability in pricing plans, and it’s essential to explore these for cost management. With a public Cloud, you can expect month-over-month and year-over-year changes in pricing plans based on resource utilization and workload. Whereas with a private Cloud setup, there will be a higher upfront cost with more stable long-term costs.

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If your business is ready for Cloud network migration, contact us to meet with one of our Cloud migration experts.