6 Signs It's Time to Migrate Your Company's Cloud
Migrating your private cloud is like switching to a new car insurance provider. It can feel like you're trapped in a rut of using the same service provider just because you've always used them. Bad service and rising monthly rates can feel like something you'd expect to get from every hosting service. But changing your cloud hosting service is an option you should keep on the table, no matter how entrenched you feel or how many bundles are tied up with your current service provider.
Also, just like with insurance, it's important to schedule a time every year or so to look through the package offerings and make sure it's still a good fit. Shopping around can find you a great deal with someone else or it can put pressure on your current service. If you have a moment this week, shop around for a new cloud. Look at deals, reviews, and package offers to see how your current plan stacks up. And don't be afraid to migrate your private cloud if any of these reasons ring true for your company:
1. Your company has changed directions or size.
Any time a substantial change occurs in your company, it's time to look at all the services your company uses. If your company is storing significantly more data or just acquired another company, you need more room. Accepting overage fees just to stick with your current plan and provider can be more expensive than it looks at first glance. So shop around based on your new tier of usage (whether it's bigger or smaller).
2. You've added on features or services since your initial signup.
Every cloud service provider offers additional services and premium perks. If you signed up for one package but your company needed to purchase additional line items since then, review your plan. Bundle packages are usually cheaper than going a la carte. If your current service provider won't let you lower your monthly rate, shop around to put pressure on them or to head to greener pastures.
3. Your current service provider is no longer leading the pack.
The technology market is highly competitive, and cloud service providers are no exception. Your current company may have offered the highest degree of security in its tier when you signed up three years ago, but now they might just offer middle of the road protections. No matter whether your primary concern is speed, security, or accessibility, keep track of the trends to make sure your service still does the best job of what you need.
4. There's been a data security breach.
Data breaches happen, and it's going to be hard to find any technology company that hasn't had some sort of scare. But if a serious data breach occurred or minor potential breaches keep happening, it's time to get out of there. Switch to a nationally recognized brand that can't afford the bad press of a breach and so does their best to protect their clients' (and your clients') data.
5. Your company needs more flexibility.
Just like the first point, your company might be transitioning in terms of size, focus, and cloud demand. These changes might just be part of the business model instead of major alterations. Your peak months might see far more cloud usage than the off-season, and even your company's internal travel-based or remote cloud access might fluctuate throughout the year. If your cloud service doesn't offer slightly variable pricing that works in your favor, migrate to a more flexible cloud.
6. You want to switch from a public to a private cloud.
If your company is growing to reach enterprise status, a public cloud might not be robust enough to support the growth. If your company is starting to need fine-tuned control and complete access into the "behind-the-scenes" portions of the cloud, switch to a private system. Delaying this switch can slow your company's momentum.
If any of these reasons sound familiar, migrate to a new cloud. White Mountain IT can help recommend the right service for your future cloud and manage the migration. Contact us today to get started.