Cloud based solutions offer a lot of flexibility, agility and efficiency. When an organization decides to migrate to the cloud, it immediately gives rise to a daunting challenge, which is a smooth transition. Any organization’s cloud transition is not just an ordinary run of mill type of task.
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The foremost mistake most organizations tend to make when planning a transition to the cloud is too much preoccupancy with its cost related benefits. It is beyond an iota of doubt that any decent cloud solution is bound to accompany cost savings over the short, mid and long term.
It is the obsession with cost savings that tends to detract most organizations from the other multi-faceted benefits of a cloud based solution. It is absolutely vital that each entity that is prospecting to migrate to the cloud incorporates other aspects of the solution into the prospecting phase.
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Ownership from Top-Tier Management
A very important component of any transition to the cloud will be ownership from the top management. This will open a lot of otherwise shut doors because in corporate culture, the initiative flows from the top. Once the top tier management owns the transition, many financial and other resource constraints will be promptly addressed.
Planning the Transition
This is perhaps the most critical phase of the transition process. It is right said that if you fail to plan, you are in fact planning to fail. It can’t be truer for a cloud transition as this exercise demands a lot of in depth planning. The complexity of this planning process will be directly proportional to the age of the entity itself.
Over the years, organizations and their key business processes are constantly evolving. A very vital element of the planning phase is to understand each business process in its totality. All inter twined relationships of one process with other organizational processes will have to be duly accounted for.
Selecting a Cloud Service Provider
After planning, this is perhaps the most critical aspect of the transition process. If an organization has done its homework correctly, the process of selecting the right Cloud Service Provider (CSP) should be a breeze. What’s problematic is if you go shopping for a CSP but don’t know exactly what you are looking for.
Service Level Agreement
Once all the modalities of a cloud solution have been finalized, the transitioning organization should ensure that all the finalized aspects of the cloud service have been fully incorporated in the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The language of the SLA should be simple and unambiguous.
Before an organization can reap the benefits of a cloud solution, it first has to allocate proper resources for the transition process. Among all the resources, the right human capital will play an instrumental role in the overall success of the cloud transition.
Business Critical Processes
Every business has a core set of processes that simply cannot be halted as the cost of doing so would be catastrophic for the transitioning entity. Therefore, the business critical processes should be given top most priority in the transition phase.
However, the critical organizational processes should not be moved over to the cloud in a knee jerk fashion as despite even the best planning, some technical bottlenecks are highly likely to surface. Until full stability is achieved for a business critical process over the cloud, it should run parallel on the existing infrastructure as well.
A key advantage of this strategy will be that no critical process will be fully disrupted, even if the performance of any process over the cloud is not up to spec. In this way, the product or service delivery side of the transitioning entity will remain fully intact over the entire process.
Once all the business critical processes have fully transitioned over to the cloud and stabilized, the next phase should be to migrate the business critical data from the organization’s on premise infrastructure over to the cloud. It is absolutely vital to ensure that the security protocols of the CSP align with the entity’s needs.
This is a very important dimension of the transition especially for organizations that gather, process and store data of a sensitive or personal nature. The migrating entity will first have to consider whether the cyber security protocols of the CSP meet the regulatory compliance guidelines for the data in question.
How dinCloud makes Transitioning a Breeze?
dinCloud is a strong and emerging player in the cloud computing industry. We are well equipped to understand and fully deliver on your cloud computing needs. dinCloud even offers customized cloud solutions for its customers who want to extract more from their cloud solution.
Monitor Your Transition with dinManage
Once you have locked in on one of the many cloud computing solutions that dinCloud has to offer, we will make you an active part of our inclusive transition process. To make your transition to the cloud a breeze, we have a very intuitive cloud management solution called dinManage.
dinManage will be there along every step of your transition process. It will enable you to effectively plan, monitor and execute your entire transition to our cloud solutions. The role of our dinManage platform does not remain restricted to just your transition, rather it will transform into your cloud solution management tool.
Manage Your Cloud With dinManage
Once you have successfully transitioned to dinCloud, the role of dinManage will evolve to your cloud solution management tool. You will be able to fully manage your virtualized infrastructure via this platform, in addition to the rapid scalability that is an integral part of our cloud management tool.