Should you Start Planning your Migration from Dedicated Servers to the Cloud?

leana.thorne 9 September 2013 0

As cloud computing has been one of the most popular tech trends over the past several years, you have probably learned a lot about it already. Latest cloud-based technologies have rapidly taken over many business settings, promising new possibilities and improved business performance. Still, plenty of companies decided to ignore public cloud and keep their data safe on in-house servers.
The list of public cloud pros and cons may differ among companies and certainly there are plenty of reasons to stay on your own private cloud. However, if you have at any point considered expanding your business and were unable to do so due to insufficient budget resources, public cloud definitively deserves a moment of your attention. Here’s a couple of things you need to know about the migration process.

It’s all about costs and control

Many CIOs would agree that the major problem with using public cloud is a loss of control over company’s data. While for some this is unacceptable, the others are ready to transfer their IT responsibilities to external cloud teams. The latter situation primarily relates to companies where the IT is not the key business area. On the other hand, those who already have their loyal server administrators and are sure they can do their jobs better than cloud vendors, should probably stay where they are.
Still, if you considered integrating some data-intensive applications into your business processes and you are not ready to invest into additional hardware equipment, cloud may well be an option for you. A mediate solution is certainly VPS hosting, but this too requires you to make changes to your existing system administration practices. As opposed to VPS, the cloud offers a faster and cheaper solution. All you need to do is decide upon the set of applications your business needs and rent hardware resources from cloud vendors through a suitable subscription model.

Migration doesn’t actually take your website down for long

Probably the first thing that pops up in your mind when contemplating cloud migration is that it’ll bring your website down for hours or even days. The truth is there are plenty of tools for accelerating this process, which are designed to make it less painful for both you and your customers. Still, although your severs may not experience expanded downtime during migration, it may take some time to actually prepare for it. This includes choosing a service provider, testing, hiring administrators and eventually migrating. If you still believe this is a bigger deal than simply expanding your private cloud, then you shouldn’t stress so much about it.

Features, connectivity, performance

Naturally, you’re worried about your website’s performance when it migrates to someone else’s server. Premium cloud plans are more expensive than basic plans, but they do offer seamless experience. You get lots of disk space, bandwidth, feature-rich applications and you still don’t have to invest more than you would do if you decided to host all these on your private servers. Though scheduled maintenance may interrupt your business, this shouldn’t take more than 0.1% uptime. Therefore, the overall cloud experience may actually be very good, so you should definitively consider this option.
Dedicated servers do have enormous advantage over cloud hosting in that they are faster and more powerful, while you have a full control over managing them. Cloud servers, on the other hand have a single most important feature and this is their price. If you can’t afford high level VPS or additional hardware equipment for large applications, than the answer is clear – you should explore the cloud’s potential and try customizing it in such a way that it contributes to your business’s further expansion.

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Leana Thorne is a freelance writer covering various technology themes. Her speciality is always-evolving Internet technology, cloud computing and virtual private servers.

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