Finding a balanced compromise between Cloud and On Premise IT solutions. Where to start.

Kristianne Azzopardi

Many businesses when faced with new technologies like Cloud computing, find themselves falling into the trap of moving to the new solution right away as the better solution. However this is not always the case. With cloud technologies, very often, its more about the right balance than an upgrade or complete change.

Here are 3 things to check before jumping into a cloud migration:

Be real about your cloud requirements

If your on-premise solution is slow, you may simply need to upgrade the hardware, software or both. If the data on your server does not need to be accessible to all, a migration to cloud may not be justified. Therefore you would benefit from an upgrade but not necessarily a cloud migration.

Information sharing on cloud

Look at information people are relaying to each other all the time by email or other means. This information is likely better suited for a cloud environment which is available to all. Making the data immediately available to all will result in an instant time saver so migration to cloud in this case will be totally justified.

Hybrid – Cloud and on premise need to talk to each other

If you have identified different requirements for different data, the next thing you want to worry about is the way the two systems, local on premise and cloud talk to each other. First of all analyse whether the two need to talk to each other at all. If they do, then you need to make sure that you have a professional set-up that protects your data while it is in transition. This is the achilles heel of any hybrid set-up.

Once you decide to go for a hybrid set-up of Cloud and on-premise solutions, chances are you will need to change some of your systems. It’s important to keep in mind that your IT solutions and your systems need to be planned together to avoid redesigning both multiple times. Getting the help of a professional will assure that you keep every element in mind. When there is an oversight in this process, often it can become costly to optimise a set-up that hasn’t been well-planned.

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