What I have discovered, when embarking on a migration to the cloud, customers fall into two categories: glass-half-full and glass-half-empty folks. The first group tends to think the change will happen in a flash –  with all their storage, documents, protocols and more migrated seamlessly. The other half worries that a cloud migration is going to cost more than they can afford and cause countless headaches. In reality, the process falls somewhere in between (which is also where many of our customers fall on the optimism spectrum).

Migrating to the cloud is an important step for many companies and organizations – across industries.  The benefits of jumping either from an on-premise infrastructure to the cloud or from one cloud to another are many, including cost, scalability, and security.

An on-premise cloud from DiamondIT is a private, high-performance virtual environment where your applications and data remain easily accessible to employees, yet completely secure from outside parties.  In order to migrate your IT infrastructure successfully, we need a plan that takes into mind your current workflow, applications and work processes.

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Face it, change is never easy. 

Migrating to the cloud isn’t an overnight project, and there could be challenges. The best approach to cloud migration is to understand the challenges and deal with them in the most painless way as possible.  We also know that many organizations are bound by regulatory and compliance issues – so any migration will take those regulations under strict consideration.

Any solution provider worth their salt will understand these pain points and will work with you to ensure a customized solution that’s best for your business.

 Hardware Evaluation:

A crucial step in cloud migration is evaluating your hardware to ensure it is optimized and ready for the cloud. Glass-half-empty folks might hear this and think, “You’re going to make me buy new desktops, too?!” and the answer to that is, “Absolutely not.” Instead, we will methodically evaluate your devices and work with you to implement necessary upgrades or changes. This ensures your business is not only ready for cloud success, but success for years to come.

Getting to Know You

Migrating to the cloud always begins with a cloud technology assessment. We will gather all your hardware and application specs and establish a baseline of what is needed for a workable cloud solution. For example, we might determine that you need Windows 7, four gigs of RAM, a fast enough internet connection, network wiring, more robust cabling and switching, and next-gen firewalls.

Then we will determine which of your existing hardware is worth keeping. Let’s be real – while not as bad as an episode of Hoarders, the truth is that most offices will have at least a few hardware relics that need to go (yes even the desktop computer you used in the 1990s to score your first client).

Before we decide to keep a device we determine how it is being used.  For instance, a computer with 2GB of RAM won’t be able to handle Windows 10 along with other crucial business software so we may recommend an upgrade to better integrate with the new cloud infrastructure.

Desktop computers aren’t the only devices that can be integrated. We will make sure your printers, phones, and mobile devices are in sync, have compatible operating systems, and enough power to help your day to day computing needs.

As we investigate your hardware stash, we will ask the following questions for each device:

  • Is the device worth keeping around?
  • Is the device adding more value than it is taking away?
  • How many hardware devices are worth keeping in order to establish a strategic cloud infrastructure?cloud-migration-2

Establishing a Plan

Once we finish the technology assessment, we will assess and recommend different course of actions.

  1. Your existing devices might be integrated into a new process flow so they communicate with each other more efficiently.
  2. Your network infrastructure can also be optimized, streamlined, or replaced entirely depending on your needs.
  3. We may recommend to repurpose your existing devices to better meet your business needs.
  4. We will consider your data use and suggest new hardware to accommodate your data usage needs.
  5. Finally, we’ll ensure you have a secure and optimized firewall infrastructure that gives you and your employees the access you need while keeping out unauthorized individuals.

Using our vendor management service, we will assess your costs and present a budget so you can decide what is right and affordable for your business. Regardless of what we implement, we’ll take a phased approach so you can achieve your IT goals and stay within budgetary constraints.

Thin Clients:  The Right Diet for Your Hardware Needs

While each business-case is unique, there is one type of hardware upgrade that is proving to be very successful for our customers: thin clients. These are a replacement for standard desktops and provide an alternative to the often bulky and noisy desktops often used for workstations.

Benefits of Thin Clients:

  • Thin clients do not have hard drives, so they are immune to viruses.
  • Thin clients are much easier to manage and require less maintenance.
  • Thin clients also have a five to seven-year life cycle, much longer than your average PC.
  • While these devices do lack some features of traditional desktops, they are often more cost effective.

Most of our clients use a hybrid environment with 50 to 70% of employees using thin clients and the rest, working on traditional desktops. This solution balances the functions of a full desktop with the cost and operational effectiveness of thin clients.

It’s AllAbout Efficiency

At the end of the day, efficiency is the name of the game. Part of reaching that goal is evaluating your hardware and ensuring it works seamlessly with your cloud solution. That might mean upgrading or changing what you have (sorry you glass-half empty folks) and also might include tailoring your cloud solution to work with existing hardware (don’t worry, glass-half-fullers, you’ll still get exactly what you need).

For more information on migrating to the cloud, feel free to contact DiamondIT.