Cloud migration means to move data either from one cloud provider to another or from physical storage to cloud storage. Companies are switching to the cloud for their storage solutions rather than physical on site or off-site storage because of the numerous benefits including being able to reduce the costs they would have to pay for physical storage. Just like moving home, cloud migration is not a simple task if you don’t have the right tools for the job, which is why the best way to migrate is using middleware such as The CloudEndure migration tool.
As migrating any kind of data to the cloud is something that can be time consuming, some companies worry about making the change because they don’t want to have to lose business to downtime. Using live cloud migration technology allows companies to continue to use their current storage until all of the information has been transferred as rather than having to take it from one place to another it replicates continuously using automated conversion to make sure that 100% of the data is carried over to its new home.
Because the data using a cloud migration tool is replicated it works in the background without causing any disruption to your business or the performance of the software you are using. The cutover time can even be pre-planned so that you have peace of mind knowing you can plan it at a time when the business is not open or during a quieter time. During the cloud migration, there is no need to reboot your system as would be the case if you were to transfer physical data to another type of physical storage and you are able to automate the migration of all types of data whether physical, virtual or hybrid.
The cloud migration tools are designed for transferring a lot of data which is what makes them great for businesses that want to minimize disruption. Once everything has been replicated you are able to either group specific machines to migrate to the cloud or all at the same time. By using a handy console, you will be able to take full control of the migration cycle only starting when you are ready.
Benefits of using the cloud as your storage solution include being able to work remotely should a disaster happen such as a fire, flood or break in which damages physical computers. The data is transferred in an encrypted form to ensure your information is kept safe and can even be restricted to private networks to increase speeds and control.
You get to choose the infrastructure before cloud migration begins and you can even avoid vendor lock in by transferring copies of data that you want to keep on-premise. Depending on the tool you choose you can not only transfer databases and well known application forms. You can also use applications that are home-grown without needing additional tools. Cloud migration is not only for data that has already been produced, once your current data has been transferred you can update it at any time and add to it in real time to ensure that if a disaster was to occur your data would be safe.