Migration to and from the Cloud

With Microsoft having updated their pricing for Azure, it’s high time to look at the question of migration to and from the Cloud again.

The Cloud continues to grow

Worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow 20.4% to total $678.8 billion in 2024, up from $563.6 billion in 2023, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. This is on top of a 21.7% increase between 2022 and 2023.

We’ve covered previously how the Cloud is attractive to companies – in short, because the possibility of offloading operating costs of hardware onto a third-party is extremely tempting, no matter if that hardware is simple storage space or computing power and no matter if the Cloud is a public or private environment.

This attraction is what has driven the explosive growth which, as Gartner’s statistics show, is nowhere near slowing down. This despite the fact that migration to and from the Cloud brings several challenges of its own.

Challenges of migration

The process of migration to the Cloud is not a simple one. We have covered it previously in more detail, but in short, it can be summed up with the following:

  • Define migration goals
  • Choose a cloud provider
  • Select automation tools
  • Pick the migration strategy
  • Prepare a backup system

Once the process is planned out, it can be executed. Ideally speaking, the migration of your data should be given as much space as possible to ensure a lossless, minimum risk procedure. This can be handed off to a trusted partner or third party as well for an even lower degree of stress.

Issues of building on the Cloud

While migrating to the Cloud is at this point a pretty well known and understood process, migrating back off – and why you might want to – is a story of its own.

Many major Cloud providers have a degree of lock-in to try and keep their customers in place. Accompanying this is a worrying tendency by organizations to underestimate the importance of keeping some of their capabilities and systems – such as an independent backup or archive – separate from their main Cloud environment.

As a consequence, organizations may sooner or later find themselves in a situation where their current Cloud is no longer an economical choice, or not desirable for other reasons. In this moment, they’ll find that while tools and partners for migrating data onto the Cloud are becoming more common, migrating back off the Cloud to an on-premises or hybrid system is less understood and covered.

Migrate with TECH-ARROW

For organizations looking to make a change and ensure they have taken the best route possible, TECH-ARROW can offer our contentGATE migrator. With over twenty years of experience, over 700 enterprise clients and over a billion migrated files, we offer our expertise to ensure your migration comes off without a hitch. From the first proof of concept until the final verification, our team is with you every step of the way!

Interested in learning more? Contact us! Our team of experts is ready and waiting to discuss your business’ needs and how TECH-ARROW can best meet them.

Begin your migration with TECH-ARROW

by Matúš Koronthály