Cloud Migration: 11 reasons to migrate your enterprise IT system to the cloud

December 12, 2016
Ben Sanders


cloud migration

Cloud migration has been a hot topic in recent years as enterprises across the world move their IT systems to the cloud, ditching their expensive hardware and in-house systems in the search for lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increased flexibility.

In 2016, Amazon Web Services reported year-on-year growth of 55% and they are riding the crest of this seismic shift towards the cloud.

The benefits seem obvious; the ability to scale storage and capacity, efficient provisioning, on-demand pricing, estate transparency and more. The list goes on.

Here at Digital Craftsmen, we often find there are more immediate reasons for a migration to the cloud, such as legacy systems, end of warranties or recent reductions in IT team capacity.  There may also be limitations and issues with current systems that need urgent attention.

Reasons for cloud migration

Why would you move your internal or co-located IT systems into the cloud?
Our clients at Digital Craftsmen often cite the following reasons they have opted to move to a private or public cloud solution:
  1. TCO of infrastructure, software, hardware and maintenance

  2. Provisioning and adaptations to existing systems are slow

  3. Inability to scale elastically with demand

  4. Inability to upgrade systems quickly and efficiently

  5. Reduce burden on in-house IT teams

  6. Government or Organisation wide policies to move systems into the cloud

  7. Insufficient fault tolerance on existing systems

  8. In house technology mix becoming cumbersome

  9. Lower cost of non-production environments

  10. Increased agility to support iterative development processes

  11. Granular user account control and auditing capabilities

Migrating legacy IT systems to the cloud

Most companies have at least one legacy system that sits in the corner and scares away all who maintain it. Perhaps the software it runs is no longer maintained or has not been upgraded, maybe Operating System updates have not been applied in a very long time.

We also find some systems which have not been documented and the in-house knowledge is no longer available to confidently maintain the system.

You are not alone as these scenarios are very common. Digital Craftsmen have years of experience in discovering, understanding, documenting and migrating systems into our private cloud or public cloud solutions.  Our expertise covers a wide range of legacy and current systems across many different market sectors, all with distinct requirements and challenges.

Digital Craftsmen’s managed cloud services include understanding how your teams, applications and services work together to achieve your business goals. When all stakeholder requirements have been identified our solution architects will design and deliver a reliable, resilient, performant environment for your systems.

Fully managed cloud services from Digital Craftsmen

Managing and controlling change is key with complex, high performance systems. And when something goes wrong with an IT system, the change of systems is often to blame.

Your Digital Craftsmen project manager can lead or participate in a change management process that helps to ensure the long term reliability of your systems.

If you do not already have a change management process, the Digital Craftsmen team can help you to define processes appropriate for your organisation and systems, including Change Control, a Change Advisory Board (CAB) and ITIL trained staff.

Managed Cloud Services crafted for the enterprise

For more information on how Digital Craftsmen’s managed cloud services solutions can help your company migrate to the cloud – helping you to increase productivity and save costs – please contact us for a friendly discussion with our expert team.

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