Making the move to the cloud brings a multitude of benefits for businesses, regardless of their size. For most, the change will usually translate in reduced running costs, faster modernisation capabilities and increased security – but there is more.

The benefits of moving to the cloud go much further, especially following the climate brought by the global pandemic. The adoption of cloud infrastructure creates a much safer and more resilient business environment. Given the challenging times we have been facing as a result of the pandemic, businesses have rapidly and progressively adopted cloud solutions that can help them to adapt.

Why do businesses migrate to the cloud?

Every organisation has its own reasons to migrate, but one recurring and primary reason for making the switch to the cloud is the focus on modernising the business and work environment.

Businesses may decide to migrate to the cloud because of specific challenges they are facing. Sometimes these may be over-allocated IT resources, or on-premises platforms that limit the adoption of modern services. Other triggers that often lead to a cloud migration include: expiry of data centre contracts, business continuity (or the lack there-of), cash flow challenges and cybersecurity threats.

Here is a list of five of the biggest reasons why organisations choose to migrate to the cloud:

1. Reducing expenses

Migrating to the cloud increases efficiency and reduces operating expenses. With reduced hardware support, increased manageability and more efficient processes, you can save an average of 20 to 30% on virtual machine (VM) resource configuration alone.

2. Freeing up budget

By reducing costs and management overhead you can free up budget and re-adjust your focus to address your business needs.

3. Increasing business agility

As mentioned previously, business agility and continuity is a key element in modern economy, and has become essential for today’s business environment.

Anytime and any-device access to IT resources is crucial for businesses to keep up to speed with competitors, to operate efficiently, to change and adopt new practices, and to effectively respond to their customers and market demands.

4. Achieving a scalable environment

The cloud moves businesses away from servers that are typically under-utilised, enabling a scale-as-you-need approach.

5. Application innovation

The cloud provides an integrated platform for modern development that can increase efficiency for teams and developers.

Cloud migration can allow effective integration of applications, modernising your workspace and allowing teams to thrive and collaborate more efficiently.

6. Increasing security

Migrating end-of-support workloads to cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure provides extended support and updates to strengthen security, ensuring compliance across a hybrid environment.

What should be considered when moving to the cloud?

In the first stages of migration planning, businesses need to take into account the range of workloads and applications that can be migrated to the cloud.

Common migration projects include:

  • Windows Server
  • SQL Server
  • Databases
  • DevTest
  • Web apps
  • SAP
  • Specialised workloads
  • VDI

A thorough migration will usually require a cloud provider (and core partners) that can deliver a comprehensive set of tools and methods to help simplify and accelerate migration, reducing overall risks.

Your IT partner should make the process simple for you and ensure a seamless migration, starting with a full scan of your content, structure, users, and permissions.

The cloud adoption is a process that can be simplified by breaking it into phases. It’s important to get a clear picture of your overall migration readiness and your entire application and workload portfolio, to then find the best way to configure and achieve migration.

When planning your data and/or server migration, businesses need to know what they are dealing with: get a deep understanding of all the applications, quantity and nature of servers/VMs, and how all the components will be moved to the cloud.

This article originally appeared on Euro Systems and has been republished with permission.