Moving to the Cloud: 5 “Must Have” Areas of Expertise When Choosing an MSP
Part 4: 3 Ways Rushing Your Cloud Migration Can Impact Your Organization
The timing of your move to the cloud is a bit like the story of Goldilocks – you don’t want it too slow nor too fast; it needs to be just right. While it may sound a bit childish, there’s some real truth in there. Organizations that rush to the cloud will likely find themselves disappointed with the result of poor choices made too quickly that can no longer be taken back, while those that take their time will lose out on the competitive edge the cloud gives businesses today.
In this fourth blog in a 5-blog series on Moving to the Cloud: 5 “Must Have” Areas of Expertise When Choosing an MSP, we’re going to look at how an MSPs expertise around the timing of your move to the cloud can impact your business.
Timing your organization’s move to the cloud has both short- and long-term implications on your business and operational strategy, making the use of an MSP with experience moving organizations to the cloud important. It’s more likely organizations won’t take the necessary time to asses and plan their move to the cloud. This may be due to a lack of expertise, or a true-to-form need to meet a deadline.
But doing so can have repercussions.
There are three ways not spending the proper amount of time when moving to the cloud will impact the organization – something an MSP can help you avoid:
- Cost – This is the most tangible repercussion. It usually comes from moving too quickly into the cloud. If you were to rush into the cloud, moving applications and workloads there, it’s possible to choose the wrong cloud provider, services, or tiers of service, resulting in wasteful spending. An MSP with plenty of cloud migration experience can help determine the tailored path you should take, helping identify which cloud provider and services are best suited for your particular need. The proper timing of your move to the cloud also means fewer mistakes, delays, operational issues, etc. – all, of which, end up inflating migration costs. An experienced MSP will help plan a migration that include proper timing to ensure this is avoided. The result is appropriate spend on properly needed and utilized cloud services all migrated within budget and on time.
- Performance – Prior to a migration, it’s necessary to perform proper diligence to determine whether current critical on-prem workloads will operate within acceptable tolerances when running within selected Cloud service tiers. Organizations that choose to focus on cost (a reasonable staring point due to the fact we all hear so much about how everything’s cheaper in the cloud) may look at cloud services that are offered in tiers and simply chose the lowest tier because of its low pricing. But those lower costs come with reductions in performance; less memory for a critical server or slower storage response when performing recovery. The right MSP can assist with navigating where to find your balance between spend and performance by choosing the right cloud provider and services
- Productivity – If performance suffers, so does user productivity. Latency, experienced as the delay between a user’s request and them getting the required response, is the natural result of cloud workloads not performing well. In addition, many cloud applications have integration capabilities with other cloud services, allowing the use of automation to improve the efficiency of your workforce. Moving too slowly to the cloud can result in an inability to take advantage of these integrations as a means to improve productivity. MSPs can ensure that all aspects of your tailored move to the cloud are considered and part of a managed plan. This allows timing to be planned in a way that includes focusing on maintaining the organization’s operational productivity.
It is possible to move to the cloud too quickly or slowly – and you can’t afford to do either. MSPs with experience in moving their clients to the cloud have seen the pitfalls of not timing the overall move well. Leveraging an MSP will ensure your timing works in alignment with budget, internal expertise, and corporate strategy.
In our last blog of the series, we’ll focus on MSPs having expertise on the timing of your move, discussing why timing is an important factor when planning a move to the cloud, and how an MSP’s guidance on timing can make the difference.
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