At this point in the cloud migration process, you’ve already learned about the pros and cons of switching to the cloud and determining both your present and future needs and goals. Now you’re ready to move on to step three: Considering your current obligations.
If you’re new to our series on cloud migration or would like to refresh your memory, feel free to go back and review the previous two steps before we dive into the third.
Step 2: Determine Your Future Needs and Goals
Before you begin the process of moving your data and applications to the cloud, it’s crucial to consider any leases, subscriptions, or other obligations you have. Here are just a few of the different types of commitments you might need to keep in mind as you prepare to switch over to cloud-based solutions and services.
Technology leases and terms. If you’re leasing any technology/hardware, be sure to take the terms of those agreements into account (and ensure you aren’t violating them in any way) to avoid any issues as you plan and carry out your move to the cloud.
Subscriptions. Similarly, if you currently subscribe to any services and/or applications, you’ll want to think through what the migration will mean for them as well. For example, you might want to move your data from these applications to a different cloud-based app or service.
Rented space. Do you rent or own your physical office space? If you’re moving away from on premise equipment in favor of cloud-based solutions (e.g., swapping on-site servers for virtual ones), you might want to scale down. If you’re renting, depending on the terms of your lease, you could potentially cut costs by transitioning to a smaller space.
There are still plenty of other factors to consider as your business makes the move to the cloud. Keep an eye out of the next entry in our series to learn about the fourth step you should take to ensure a smooth and successful migration. In the meantime, if you have any questions about cloud-based solutions and services, feel free to contact our team of tech experts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 877-599-3999.