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17 Nov 2022

The world is going digital and your data needs to be in sync with this trend. Migrating to the Azure cloud services will give you the power of re-architecting your network and make it much easier for you to manage.

By migrating your application to the Azure Cloud, you will be benefiting from several key benefits. Microsoft Azure has been designed for ultimate scalability, availability and security of your cloud services when compared to other cloud providers. These properties make it a leading choice for enterprise clients who are looking for high-quality applications.

Cloud services have become one of the most popular ways to outsource a task, company or department because of the above mentioned benefits it provides. If you choose to migrate your workloads to Azure Cloud Service and want to know what are these benefits, read on!

If you're thinking about migrating to the cloud, it's not as simple as just moving servers. There are many factors that will determine your success with a migration, but perhaps one of the most important is choosing the right cloud services. We know this because we've been helping our clients to migrate to Azure cloud to power their web applications and services. We've had to make decisions on what is best for our client in terms of both cost & performance.

Many businesses and IT departments have adopted the cloud as a way to reduce their costs, increase their flexibility and streamline their management. Organizations that migrate to the cloud often do so by using Azure as their back-end infrastructure provider. Businesses that have come to the realization that cloud enablement services are the most reliable solution to keep their business going after the major impact created by the rampant pandemic are now investing in cloud-native technologies more than ever.

Migration can save IT costs and improve performance, but the process can be challenging. Here are some of the key benefits and challenges involved in migration-

Cloud Migration Benefits

  • Optimized Costs

    By optimizing workloads, reducing maintenance and resource costs and reducing real estate requirements, businesses can realize significant savings. Azure migration can help large enterprises reduce their infrastructure costs and give smaller enterprises access to a platform and related services at a fraction of the cost.

  • Flexibility and scalability

    • Organizations pay only for the cloud resources that they need, eliminating the need to purchase and maintain IT assets that may be used occasionally.
    • When demand for resources spikes or more powerful compute resources is needed, organizations can instantly alter their resources to meet those demands.
    • Many organizations use a hybrid cloud model to keep getting value from their existing IT investments, where some of their workloads are migrated to the cloud and others remain on-premises.
    • Cloud platforms are most often dispersed across multiple geographic regions, so that organizations can better manage their workloads by running them closer to where their users or customers are.
  • Security and Compliance

    Public clouds offer security features and specialized cloud security tools that help ensure that an organization's resources are protected. In many cases, the cloud provider performs security patching automatically.

    Microsoft has invested heavily in security and compliance features to ensure that organisational data on Azure has robust enterprise-grade security. This is reflected in everything from increasing flexibility in the territories in which data is technically stored, to good administration controls for Azure Active Directory (AAD), to tools to help you find personally identifiable information (PII) for GDPR-related compliance.

  • Backup, recovery, and failover

    Cloud providers can help to improve business continuity by offering built-in, one-click backup and recovery capabilities. Some providers also store backups in different geographic regions.

  • Management and Monitoring

    Companies can monitor their on-premises datacenter and cloud resources from a single screen if they use a central management tool provided by their cloud provider.

  • Analytics

    Microsoft Azure is a great tool for data analytics. It comes with dashboards which help you get insights into big data, it can help you monitor the platform and makes recommendations for security. This is particularly relevant in the age of digital transformation and with the way more companies are adopting more flexible IT solutions and hybrid working patterns.

Cloud Migration Challenges

  • Planning

    While the approach of migrating workloads and applications to the cloud is straightforward, the execution of migration programs is complicated. Successful strategy development starts with a defined vision and getting participation from key business, technical, and leadership stakeholders.

  • Costs

    Though cloud migration creates cost efficiencies and greater ROI, the migration itself requires planning and implementation. A budget should be set aside for completion date estimates, server builds, and communication.

  • Security and Compliance

    Although cloud providers offer a variety of security and compliance options, migrations involve more than just moving workloads. To ensure that you move to the cloud securely, your security and compliance requirements must be built into your migration plan.

  • Business Downtime

    Although moving data to the cloud can be done very quickly, it requires careful planning. Migrating in waves with an iterative approach is a good way to minimize downtime for businesses.

  • Adoption and Training

    Although most IT professionals' and developers' current skills are applicable to the cloud, some skill training may still be necessary. Getting cloud skills training before migration can help set organizations up for success during and after the process.

  • Partner or Vendor Selection

    Having a partner is critical for organizations that lack the internal expertise or capacity to plan and execute their migration. The ideal migration partner possesses the services and experience that fit the needs and business considerations of the migrating organization.

Why Choose CIGNEX as your Migration Partner

CIGNEX has over two decades of experience in the IT services arena. Our certified experts offer an end-to-end approach, starting from assessment to final delivery of solutions using the best Azure cloud services. Our carefully designed and developed cloud enablement services can cater to even the complex business needs of organizations and enterprises across industries. If your organization is looking for a cloud partner to redefine your cloud migration process or migrate to the cloud, you are just a click away from contacting our team of cloud professionals.