Migration to Cloud services

Migration to cloud is quite a popular option these days. But will it make sense for your software? We are here not only to provide high-quality migration services but also to explain serious things with simple words. So, let’s have a closer look at this issue.

The cloud: what it is and what peculiarities it has

Unfortunately (or fortunately), our clouds have nothing in common with these white “fluffy things” in the sky.

The cloud in IT is a metaphorical notion. This term is used to describe servers available via the internet as well as the software that runs on them. These clouds do not have physical representation and are stored in data centers all around the world.

As storage and computing are executed not locally on devices but in a data center, people have an opportunity to get access to the same data, apps and files using practically any internet-connected device.

The cloud platforms that boast the highest popularity these days (and you’ve probably heard about them) are Azure offered by Microsoft and AWS provided by Amazon.

Unlike web hosting, with cloud hosting, you do not rent some space on a single physical server. You just use the software located in a cloud (on a remote server) just as if it were programs stored on your device.

If you opt for traditional hosting you need to pay for processing power as well as for a fixed data storage space. Opting for a cloud, only the currently used storage space is to be paid for. Moreover, web hosting can’t offer you the scalability that cloud platform has.

Why is migration to cloud so highly-demanded today?

The popularity of the services related to migration to cloud is explained by the benefits that cloud technologies can offer to owners and users of the software.

  1. Fast deployment. Being migrated to the cloud, your software will be deployed much faster than you are accustomed to.
  2. High flexibility in working with software. You, as well as your staff and customers, can easily access the cloud and use the files and apps.
  3. Increased security. Cloud providers take the responsibility to ensure that the offered environment meets the highest security standards.
  4. On-demand scalability. Using the cloud, you do not need to invest additional funds to buy hardware and software to upscale (or downscale) your onsite IT infrastructure. Thanks to cloud computing, everything will be done fast and without extra costs.
  5. Excellent operational efficiency. Cloud-based enterprise services and solutions are able to facilitate the interconnectivity of the existing software and increase teams productivity.
  6. Reduced costs. Cloud-based solutions are the most budget-friendly ones among those that are available at the moment.

Let’s very briefly summarize the most important advantages that you will get if you make a decision to migrate your software to a cloud:

  • Easy access to your software from any corner of the world where you can get connected to the internet;
  • Possibility to work with it together with your team at the same time regardless of your location;
  • Possibility to save money on storage services.

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Risks of migration to cloud

Though there are not many risks related to the migration of your software to a clod, there are some that you should be aware of.

  1. If your software deals with some sensitive data, it may be not very comfortable for you to store it on external servers.
  2. Some operations of your apps may be changed somehow when you start using your software via the internet.
  3. It is possible that you may need to modify the architecture of some apps if it won’t be compatible with cloud platform architectures.
  4. Once you place your software on a cloud platform, it may be difficult to leave the platform or to move your software from there.

There are also some restrictions for the types of software to be migrated. Please bear in mind that:

  • If your software depends on third-party components, there may be issues with licensing and compatibility.
  • Software with service-oriented architecture can be an ideal candidate for migration.
  • Stateless apps are more suitable for cloud migration than stateful ones.
  • Apps with internal users have a higher priority for migration to a cloud than apps with external users.
  • Due to uncertainty issues, mission-critical software has the lowest priority for migration.

If you are considering such an option as migration to cloud but still have some doubts, just contact us and we will help you to decide. Do not worry, we won’t insist on migration if it is not a feasible option for you. Our goal is to provide you with the best solution. So, let’s find it together.

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