Over the past few years, many businesses have gradually moved their operations into the Cloud. However, since the pandemic and remote-working began, Cloud-based services have been adopted at a faster pace than ever before.

Cloud connectivity can dramatically improve the way your business operates. But not all cloud connections are equal. And not all ISPs are equal either. To really harness the cloud’s potential, your business needs a dependable direct connection alongside an ISP that understands your specific needs, supports the technology and invests in security policies.

If you’re thinking of migrating to the cloud, whether you are using cloud services for the first time or switching over from one cloud service to another, it’s a task that must be completed very carefully. Knowing the common mistakes to avoid can help make your cloud migration as successful and cost-effective as possible.

Wrong choice of Service Provider

Whilst most Internet Service Providers offer high-speed broadband from which you can utilise the likes of Google Cloud, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure, not every ISP can support direct cloud connections. Consequently, it’s important to check an ISP’s capabilities before committing to a contract.

Make sure you choose a service provider that understands your specific needs and can offer solutions to your core set of problems. So, it’s very important to identify the service provider who has the experience, the infrastructure and outstanding customer support.

Ignoring the importance of security

Your business deals with large amounts of sensitive and confidential data. Ignoring the importance of security when migrating to the cloud can be costly to your reputation and business operations.

An excellent service provider ensures the security of your data but you need to make sure you discuss any security concerns before the process itself. The Service Level Agreement (SLA) will outline the strategy including response times, as well as the action you need to take to ensure security at every level of your applications.

Make sure you have a recovery plan in place, as well as data backup and restore plans with your in-house team.

Don’t forget about your people

Moving to the cloud will change the way your business operates, so you will need to train your team for the change. Forgetting about your people can make your cloud migration less successful, and sometimes more problematic.

The benefits of migration do not come independently by only transforming the process, you also need to train people. Make sure that your employees are on the same page, have access to the updated software and understand that cloud migration can lead to roles and responsibilities being redefined.

Cloud Migration is a business initiative

Our team can play a major role in your business’s digital transformation. Your business can enjoy greater bandwidth flexibility, lower latency, greater security, and increased profitability.

Our own service was specifically designed to maximise the potential and minimise the risks of cloud-based technologies. Our infrastructure supports a fully managed service that will keep you plugged into the cloud hour-by-hour — thus giving you more time to focus on your business priorities. We even make sure your transition from public Internet access is a smooth one so you’re up and running in no time.

When combined with our other services such as Video Conferencing and Cloud Telephony, this makes us a convenient one-stop-shop for all your communication needs.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help your business, please get in touch with our expert team.