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Moving your storage from on-premise to the cloud can be a challenging undertaking. It involves many demanding activities, from choosing a provider that meets your requirements to finding the best migration options and the right backend architecture. All these can feel overwhelming, mainly if you do not have the right help. However, with the right planning and research, it does not have to be painful. Rather, you can take it as a learning process, whether you are migrating from one provider to another or getting started. The best thing is to follow the right steps and processes. Here are three decision-making processes that might be helpful in your cloud migration journey.

  1. Consider your goals

Ask yourself why you want to move from on-premise or one cloud to another. What are your long and short-term goals for migrating? Are you building a complex application? What are your future growth plans? As you answer these questions, document what you need to achieve these goals. Highlight things that are essential for a provider to have and other considerations that are important to you. Consider things like storage, bandwidth and other additional requirements such as data security necessary for your business. Think of what you might need in future and ensure you consult your provider every step of the way.  

You will understand your cloud requirements by outlining what you need for your operations and the demands associated with your goals. Furthermore, you will be able to understand the differences between providers. Compare offerings, SLAs and services in greater detail.

  1. Consider resources

Human and other resources are crucial for your migration to the cloud. Ask yourself if you have the right team, adequate financial resources and infrastructure to support your migration. Furthermore, ask yourself how much time you want to spend managing the infrastructure and whether the cloud service provider has the right options and resources for teams of any size or experience. Consider the complexity of pricing models. These models can be complex. If you are concerned with the cost, find a provider with simple, affordable and predictable pricing. This ensures you do not get a surprise bill, especially at the beginning of your journey.

Keep your long-term and short-term goals in mind as you start the configuration process. This will help you know what you need and the future configurations. Furthermore, knowing your available finances allows you to choose what must be in the cloud and what should not.

  1. Join a community

Successful migration to the cloud should not be the end of everything. Rather, it is just the beginning of engagement with others using cloud platforms. The right place to ensure you are engaged is by joining a community. There is a huge developer community that is not only inclusive but also supportive. Joining such a community will answer most of your questions because others have encountered the concerns, worries and questions you may be having. You will meet individuals from all over the world and collaborate with them in sharing knowledge and other projects.

As you join the cloud computing world, become part of different communities. Furthermore, make use of resources such as online tutorials offered by developers meant to enhance your experience with the cloud. Select a cloud computing provider with an excellent support team and one that can answer your questions faster. Select a provider who goes the extra mile to ensure you are satisfied whenever you ask a question or when you are concerned. Being part of events such as seminars and conferences is also good for your journey in adopting cloud computing because it enhances your knowledge.

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