Many SMEs are still reliant on the traditional small business server. Sat in the corner of the office, this solution has become a hindrance rather than a tool that supports business growth. So, it’s no wonder that more and more small businesses are looking to upgrade and take advantage of the cost, security, and flexibility benefits of a cloud-based server. But just how easy is it to move your server to the cloud?

Well, if you have a well-thought out migration plan, switching to the cloud should be painless. There are just a few things you should consider first.

What do you want to move to the cloud?

If you want to move to the cloud, you should first decide what should go where. Are you moving everything to a cloud server or will basic server functions like an email server stay on-site?

Prioritise your needs and discuss the best possible set up with your provider. Today, the cloud can look after a whole range of systems and services. For example:

Software and desktop applications

With our cloud-based services, your users will enjoy access to all the business applications they need, from anywhere, on any internet-enabled device.

Data (structured and unstructured)

Your migration will also much smoother if you take the time to scrutinise your data before making decisions about where it will be migrated. You should also take this opportunity to improve how data is shared across your organisation. Establish how a cloud server can help to ensure everyone has access to the most up-to-date information and improve communications and visibility between different departments.

Businesses can be wary of putting sensitive or business-critical data into the cloud. But, at Cloud Geeni we make security a key priority. Everything is stored in high-security data centres, with robust encryption and all the latest security updates continually protecting your system. Where necessary, we’ll also meet any additional security standards specific to your sector. In addition, if your employees are accessing data remotely, we can establish security measures such as two-factor authentication and the ability to strip mobile devices of all data quickly and easily if they are lost or stolen. Does your current server have the same security measures as this?

Back-end systems

With acclaimed MCSE certification, we have the skills needed to build efficient cloud solutions using Microsoft technology. MCSE certification is the target credential for experts working with core Microsoft technologies including Azure, Windows Server and SQL Server.

What needs to be integrated?

You will also need to review any existing on-premise infrastructure that needs integrating into your new server setup. You’ll need to establish how this will work and identify any risk points. In many cases, it’s better to find a trusted partner who can manage this for you.

How much space will you need?

Calculate enough space to store all of your migrated data. Of course, one of the best things about the cloud is that it’s scalable, so adding additional space to accommodate growth (or scaling back) shouldn’t be an issue.

Migrating to the cloud

There are a lot of things to consider when moving to the cloud. And, one of the biggest concerns when planning for cloud migration is how much downtime you will experience. But if you adopt a carefully executed migration strategy there shouldn’t be any impact on your business operations.

Furthermore, unless you are starting from scratch, you’re likely to have an existing on-premise server that needs integrating into your new setup. So, the time needed to get you moved over to the cloud will depend on your needs.

While it is a complicated process, our tried and trusted migration experts and proven methods keep everything simple; getting you up and running in no time. Your new cloud system will run parallel to your legacy one until the process is complete, and you only move when you have tested your new solution and confirmed you are happy.

If you have the right partners by your side, the journey to the cloud will be smoother and more effective. Look for a cloud vendor that offers simple installation, remarkable scalability and an unrivalled depth of features.