Transitioning to the Cloud

Transitioning to the Cloud

Do you have a Backup Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution or Business Continuity Plan in place? Data loss is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when – and it happens to every company, big or small.  

Cloud computing not only offers back-up protection against system malfunctions or natural disasters, it also keeps businesses safe against cyber-theft, ransomware, malware, viruses, phishing, and employees, to name a few. It may just be that the safest place to be during a storm “in the cloud.”

So, let’s say you’ve finally agreed that it’s time to move to the cloud – where do you start?

Here are some recommendations that can help you through the process:

Start with Email or a Business Application

Moving to the cloud is not an all-or-nothing process. Many businesses are testing the waters by migrating to Office 365 or incorporating cloud-based file sharing applications, such as Box or DropBox.

Have a Clear Understanding of Your Data

It is important to organize the data you want to move to the cloud so you don’t compromise any sensitive information. Compliance regulations for various industries must be taken into consideration. 

Understand Your Options

Public, private or hybrid not all clouds are created equal. How much storage, level of redundancy do you need? Your Cloud Managed Services must be tailored to best fit your company’s needs. 

Know Your Cloud and Your Service Provider 

Where is the data center located? How is physical and data security handled? It is important to work with a reliable Cloud Managed Services Provider to greater understand the cloud environment and the potential risks and/or hidden costs with the cloud.

 Know Who Has Access 

Who can add, delete, or modify data? After you move into the cloud, it is you who is responsible for defining who can do what. It is crucial that you know your staffs’ access limitations.

Working with a reputable Cloud Managed Services Provider will outline the benefits and risks of moving to the cloud. More importantly, they can provide a roadmap to incorporate cloud solutions one-step at a time and incorporate enhanced security features such as encryption, as needed. 

Contact The TNS Group today to discuss cloud options for your business!