Due to the host of benefits it offers, many enterprises are making a move to cloud hosting. However, there is a wide difference between the theory and practical implementation. When you finally decide to move your data to the cloud, there is more to consider apart from scalability, affordability or plain technicalities. Missing a few important common-sense points could be a costly mistake. Here are a few tips that would allow you to offset the costs, protect your data and streamline the migration process:
Don’t throw away your old equipment
Many, if not most, businesses dispose off their old data center hardware as soon as they start their cloud journey. Many of these businesses would happily pay someone to remove the hardware. Little do they care to realize the real worth of these old equipments! Many businesses are wary of hassles associated with selling old hardware. But that’s not the case. There are a number of sites that that would buy your used server equipment and pay a decent price. You can contact them hassle-free through email or phone and expect a response within a few hours. Communicate the entire details of your hardware and they will suggest an estimate and complete plan of removal. For data protection always opt for DOD erasure to wipe out any data present on hard disk drive or other digital assets before you decide to sell your old hardware.
Repeated migrations do come with some hassles for sure but if we look at the big picture, these hassles are worth their value. When you first move to the cloud, you step into an unknown territory largely controlled by a third party. If something goes wrong then a huge part of your data and apps would be vulnerable to the harm. On the other hand, if you migrate tentatively, in small batches then you can minimize the harm even during the most unfavorable circumstances. The best approach would be to start from the most general data and transferring your crucial data tentatively only after assessing the security and reliability of your cloud service provider.
Move the data in an ideal manner
Moving massive data can be very expensive and troublesome. There are different ways to move your data to the cloud and different sizes need different modes of migration. You need to choose the best medium that aligns with your security requirements without inflating the budget. You can transfer the data by shipping your storage disks to the cloud provider but for massive data that could be quite expensive and full of hassles. Transferring data manually is extremely tedious especially if you have huge amounts of data and the process can take up to several months. There are other, better ways to migrate your data like seeding, cloud-integrated storage, mid-tier cloud storage system that is supported by cloud interface at the backend and server-to-server replication. You also need to build a natural bridge between on-premise IT environment and the cloud environment. For that purpose, you can hold a meeting with your in-house IT departments and preferred provider for preparing the ideal migration process.
Surprisingly, some businesses- especially small or local businesses- still use short and easy passwords even while operating in the cloud. If that sounds strange, there is something that’s downright ludicrous. The skeptical types would use a perfect password- really long and including special characters, numbers, and letters in CAPS and small! After sometime…. they forget their own password and aren’t able to crack it either! There’s a middle way. You can use SED or Self-encrypting Drives as your trusted account manager. This hard drive has a disk drive controller chip containing a built-in circuit. So you data are encrypted to the magnetic media. SED can be a reliable account manager as it saves your passwords and uses strong encryption for better security.