When moving your business forwards means moving workloads
From time to time, organisations need to transfer – or migrate – data or applications from one system to another. There are many reasons why the need for migration occurs, such as; cost efficiencies, storage capacity, hardware failure or renewal, security or the need to simplify. Ultimately, if keeping your data or apps where they are is impacting business performance, you need to move them.
The how and where of work is changing. With the boom in hybrid and remote working, it has become less convenient for businesses to store their data or run their apps on premises. Microsoft 365 makes it easier to move major productivity apps like email to the cloud – and with it the headache of management and availability, plus all the tag-on costs such as infrastructure and security. But this too can come with challenges. While file sharing in the cloud allows easier access for workers, islands of data emerge between on-premises fileservers and storage in the cloud. You may already have spotted this trend or want to harness SaaS apps in your business – but it’s difficult to know where to start. We’re set to help you tackle these migration headaches.
We assist businesses with migrations for all parts of their infrastructure. Depending on what you’re aiming to achieve through migration, you may be looking to transfer apps and data within your on-premises environment. Or, like many businesses, you may feel that it’s the right time to move some or all of your workloads to the cloud. Of course, if you’re not sure, then we’re happy to discuss your reasons for initiating a migration and advise on the best way forward.
The most common migrations are email, files, business data and telephony. We’re experts at all of these and can demonstrate how they can exist within Microsoft 365 solutions like SharePoint and Teams. Data growth around business email has become increasingly problematic as the world becomes more digital, and most employees have zero tolerance for email failure. Migrating email to Microsoft 365 can improve reliability, allow scalability and remove the burden on IT teams.
A common catalyst for migration is running out of data storage. As well as carrying out your migrations, we can also assess your existing storage solution to see if we can deliver efficiencies within your on-premises configurations too.
Get moving: how to begin your migration journey
What is your objective for relocating your apps or data? That’s the question we’ll start with when tasked to manage a migration for you. You may already know the new destination, or perhaps that’s something you’d like our advice on. Either way, we’re not doing our job properly if we don’t look at the bigger picture and assess all possible impact before hitting ‘go’. After all, you don’t want to migrate problems too.
In conversation with your team, we’ll identify the best way to set up file structures and operations standards for the way your people want to work. What do they like about the current configuration or what could be improved? We’ll uncover any dark data so that you’re not wasting time migrating it, or resources storing and protecting it.
The more data or apps you’re planning to migrate, the more time it could take. It’s important to consider how the migration process could affect business operations, and plan accordingly. Before we complete the switch, we’ll check that everything is working fully, the way you want it to. And, because we know how important it is that you protect your business data, security is built in to all our migrations as standard.