Why cloud migration is like Brexit – In (a lot) less than 4,200 words
No, we are not here to debate the ‘in’s’ and ‘out’s’ of actual Brexit, single trade agreement, immigration, the British vote or Boris Johnson writing a small novel. We also won’t be using the word nincompoop, other than this once; and are not currently in Florence.
What we will be discussing is the similarities between Brexit and enterprise businesses thinking about moving to the cloud… Hard? Soft? Was there a strategy in place before the process began? Is it too late to panic and turn back?
Like Brexit, migration to the cloud can happen several different ways, but unlike Brexit, you get to choose which is best for your company without people doing it on your behalf.
Hard, Soft or Something Else Completely?
So, what do we mean by hard and soft migration to the cloud?
You can liken a hard migration to the cloud, as the step to go ‘fully’ cloud and move all your collaboration platforms from an on-premises location to a public cloud. At the same time you can say that a soft migration to the cloud is one that you just dip your toe in, and perhaps move a small amount into the cloud to create a hybrid solution. Or perhaps you deploy cloud collaboration through external applications like Microsoft Skype for Business hosted in the Office365 Azure Cloud, or Cisco Spark hosted in the Cisco Collaboration Cloud creating a hybrid situation.
Then somewhere in the middle of both, is the option to create your own internal private cloud infrastructure for some or all of your collaboration platforms.
What do we mean by public, private or hybrid cloud? For anyone who is not sure, then read our blog: Public, Private or Hybrid; Cloud Computing and Your Business
Each option of migration has its own benefits and fit for a business depending on things such as data privacy levels and required ease of access. Many companies are however opting to go for a hybrid move as a first step, to test the waters before taking the complete leap.
Again, if you would like to read more about the many benefits of the cloud you can do in our blog: The Benefits of the Cloud
Clearly Define Your Objectives – It’s not a game of poker
Before you can consider starting your migration to any cloud platform, you will need to ensure that clear defined objectives have been outlined and agreed.
We have talked a lot about this subject in a recent whitepaper – Re-imagined – Video Communications and Collaboration in the Cloud
Agree the Transition
With a well-planned cloud migration, the change is so smooth that the users won’t even notice that the move to the cloud has taken place. The last thing that any company wants is uncertainty and downtime, or a change in user workflows that leads to extra training and user unhappiness or discontent.
Navigating Choppy Waters
How can Videocall help you navigate your challenges of the complicated cloud migration?
Whether you are interested in simply finding out more, have made a choice and are looking for external help, or have already taken that first step, Videocall have the experts on hand to listen, discuss and advise.
With over 20 years experience in video conferencing and unified collaboration, as well as our own cloud collaboration platform ICE, we can help you to deploy the private, public or hybrid cloud solution that will be the perfect fit for you and your users or integrate services like Skype for Business into your current unified collaboration solution so that they work seamlessly together.