If you are considering making the move to the cloud, then you are among the thousands of businesses this year that are in the process of, or are at least considering moving off-premise. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the market leader in cloud computing and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas), and has continuously gained momentum by offering the latest in cloud technologies and attracting major corporations including Netflix, Adobe, and (most recently) Salesforce.
So if you have decided to move from a traditional, in-house IT environment to a virtualized, scalable, and elastic cloud environment via AWS you have a few choices. You can try to conduct the migration yourself or you can hire an IT managed service provider who specializes in managed cloud and DevOps for AWS. Utilizing the services of a managed cloud provider offers you and your business many advantages. Here are a few of them.
Keeps Items from Falling Through the Cracks
As part of your managed AWS cloud migration, your managed service provider conducts an audit of all of the components of your existing IT infrastructure as well as places where data and other information are stored. These are all carefully mapped out and double-checked throughout the process to ensure that all of the items currently living on-premise are migrated and replicated accurately in the cloud.
Conducting a cloud deployment on your own could mean that some of your data “falls through the cracks,” in that it doesn’t get moved to the cloud. Or while en route to the cloud, your data can become distorted or corrupted. Your managed service provider has years of expertise and training in AWS migrations and deployments, and will take all of the necessary steps to ensure that your cloud environment is the exact replica of your on-premise environment, so you can conduct business as usual.
Limits Disruptions to Day-to-Day Business
You and your team have enough going on, the last thing you need are major service disruptions due to the migration of your IT infrastructure to the cloud. Your managed service provider will create a plan of action that migrates your IT environment to AWS in a way that is the least disruptive to your business. For example, they can configure archive and non-essential data to migrate to AWS during normal business hours. More mission-critical components can be transitioned after working hours. Your managed IT services provider can also make sure that all of the components are situated in AWS and working exactly (if not more efficiently) than they were when they were on-premise.
Reducing the Strain on Employees
For small businesses that have few members of their IT team, extra assistance in major projects like a cloud migration is greatly appreciated. If an IT department (or team, or even the one IT guy in the company) is charged with moving the business to the cloud, it can create major delays in other IT projects. It also would most likely require a lot of overtime to make sure the migration occurs in as short of amount of time as possible. When you have help with your AWS migration and deployment, you save time, and can reduce extra workloads on your existing IT staff so they can focus on other areas that need attention.