Managing your cloud migration

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5 June 2020

Putting your cloud migration in safe hands

Adapt to survive
Most businesses have had to adapt and diversify over the past few months, but for many, the global pandemic raised the priority of cloud migration projects to the top of IT departments’ to-do lists. 

As remote working has become the norm in many countries around the world, technology now underpins the success of every organisation, enabling businesses to communicate, continue operations and to ultimately survive.

In large organisations many CTOs have faced the biggest challenges of their careers ensuring that hundreds, if not thousands of employees can work remotely and securely. Cloud migration and digital transformation plans that had been planned to be delivered over several years were brought forward and rolled out in weeks – all to meet the immediate needs of the workforce.

Cloud migration
Cloud computing services have helped countless businesses keep their key systems operating as normal, as well as providing secure ways for staff to access data and services from their homes. But migration to the cloud takes careful planning, even in a climate of rapid change. 

Cloud migration is the process of moving data, applications and systems to a cloud computing environment, whether that be from on-premises, or another cloud provider. The general benefit of any cloud migration is to host applications and data in the most effective environment possible, based on factors such as cost, performance and security.

Forward planning
Migrating to the cloud can be time-consuming if the process is not managed properly, especially if businesses do not have rollback capabilities, or have not prepared for potential downtime. A solid cloud migration plan needs to be in place from start to finish, as well as considering what may happen post-migration.

Businesses must start by assessing their current IT infrastructure to decide which elements will be moved to the cloud. It is useful to calculate cloud server requirements based on current application resource requirements to avoid buying more than is needed. It is also vital to have a clear strategy and realistic project timeline for the migration. Planning ahead is a key part of ensuring that your business has enough operational resources such as people, processes and the technology itself to complete the migration process. 

Taking an inventory of your assets is also important before deciding which IT services to migrate to the cloud, such as reviewing legacy infrastructure and determining any dependencies to ensure that nothing breaks during or after the migration. 

Managing expectations
Planning ahead and forecasting the costs of the migration will also help to predict the ROI as well as manage everyone’s expectations. It is vital to understand the cost of migrating to the cloud before you make the move, as some providers can charge significant amounts to migrate systems and store data. 

Being aware of the security and regulatory requirements involved in a cloud migration is important, particularly for businesses that need their architecture to meet certain regulations. Not only does the data in the cloud need to be stored securely, but it needs to be kept secure during the migration process too. Migration planning can also help to identify and fix security risks and compliance gaps that may exist, which can improve overall security for the business. 

Migrating to Hyve
For a successful migration designed to minimise any downtime and to protect your data, you need expert guidance from a hosting provider who has extensive knowledge of migration processes. 

Hyve’s expertise is backed by hundreds of successful migrations that we have completed for businesses of all sizes. We can carry out migrations around the clock, ensuring minimal disruption to websites and applications. Hyve can migrate all systems, applications and data for customers. Our dedicated team of engineers manage the whole process, giving businesses peace of mind that their migration will run as smoothly as possible.

Hyve’s High-Level Migration Plan

  • Initial data dump, migrate all the website code and databases to new servers
  • Get the website up and working on the new servers
  • Test the site/software to make sure it all works
  • Create a holding page to put up when doing the final database migration
  • Set the DNS TTL for 30 seconds (or the lowest you can set it)
  • Create a final maintenance window (can be anytime) in which to do the final DB dump
  • Put up the holding page to freeze the database then do the final DB migration
  • Check the database has migrated properly with no corruption
  • Re-point the DNS to the new servers
  • Website/software will then have been migrated

Migration provides a great opportunity to streamline your systems, build a better architecture and load balance your applications. As part of our management layer, our dedicated team of experts will put together a migration plan and make informed recommendations in order to find the optimum performance for your web application.

“Our team has carried out countless migrations over many years, so businesses are in safe hands. We focus on the whole journey, and the project plan that we follow helps businesses to understand the process and ensures that no checks are missed” - Neville Louzado, Head of Sales.

If you would like to find out more about how Hyve can help with your cloud migration, get in touch with our Sales team today on 0800 612 2524.

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