Ever dream that you’re being chased by something? Something really terrifying? You can’t exactly make out what it is, but every time you glance back over your shoulder, there it is… getting closer and closer. No matter how fast you run, you just can’t get away.
Now, I’m not one for exaggerations, but that’s pretty much the nightmare your typical decision maker has when contemplating migrating their business data to the cloud. The only difference is that in their dreams, they’re also screaming: “It’ll be a mess! We’ll never get out of it! We’ll lose everything!”
Fear of the unknown
Migration is not the business-destroying demon many have made it out to be. Or at least, not anymore. The way providers transition data to their infrastructure has changed enormously over the years. But a few persistent fears are preventing some companies from moving to the cloud—often the very companies that could leverage the most from the cloud. So let’s finally put these misconceptions to bed.
Outdated migration misconception #1:
Migrating to the cloud is a complex process that will eat up your time and resources
Yes, it certainly can be… if you migrate your data to the platform manually. Can you imagine importing all the .PST files of a hundred users—one by one? That’s how it used to be done (and to be fair, some might still want to go that route for their own reasons).
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But providers know that most organizations don’t want to deal with this tedious task. Neither do they. Rather than wasting your time—and their own, providers have developed tools that can seamlessly migrate your data to their servers. These tools automatically transfer .PST files in batches to the cloud. Your provider’s technical team will configure everything. All they need to do is ask you a few questions to launch the process.
And what do you do during the migration? You can just sit back and relax. Or you can do stuff that really benefits your business. It’s your call. But the bottom line is that these automated tools simplify the migration process for both customers and cloud vendors.
Outdated migration misconception #2:
When switching platforms, there’s a good chance you’ll lose part of your data
Once again, manual migrations are the reason why this misconception still lingers. Or to be more accurate: poorly planned manual migrations.
The average cloud provider migrates thousands of customers to the cloud every month—and have been for the past few years. If they’re good at one thing, it’s planning migrations. The last thing they want is for customers to lose critical business data; it just makes for bad business. That’s why providers constantly test, enhance, verify, and re-tweak their process to ensure it is as quick and easy as possible. Not only for the customer, but for themselves, too. After all, providers earn their living by hosting as many customers as possible.
A good hosting provider will offer an automated process and dedicated migration experts to ensure all your data is successfully migrated—without any downtime during the transition. This means no email is lost during the procedure. Which is something you can’t accomplish with a manual migration since you need to plan your MX Record change. Can any business afford an email service downtime during working hours?
Sleep tight; your migration and business data will be just fine
Gone are the nightmares and sleepless nights of SMB owners and IT guys looking to have their email service in the cloud. Migration is now so simple and time-efficient you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Sure, you’ll need to have a few phone conversations with your provider to plan the process. Have any lingering fears about migrating your data to the cloud? Just ask. Your provider will thoroughly explain the entire procedure. And remember, their migration experts know how to keep your business data safe and sound.