The pandemic triggered one of the quickest digital transformations in history – the mass migration to the cloud. So many of us were thrown into a new world of permanent remote working, Zoom calls and endless emails. We had to adapt quickly, as did the organisations where we worked. Without the cloud, many of us would have been unable to join team meetings and securely access company files remotely.
While the cloud is cheap for small businesses, there has been a resistance to change for larger organisations, like universities, because of the costs involved. However, COVID-19 forced most universities, which had been reluctant to adopt the cloud for their IT infrastructure and data storage, to move to remote learning to survive.
The reality is that over time, cloud migration can save money through increased productivity, lower internal administrative costs, and streamlined processes.
The complexity of existing infrastructure, vendor monopoly, and managing multi-cloud can make moving to the cloud a challenge. Hence, companies often waste costs when they don’t have a strategy to deal with this.
101 Data Solutions are experts in cloud migration and work in partnership with RStor to help organisations manage the scope of their project whilst working within time and budget restraints:
“As more companies leverage multiple cloud technologies, demand for our cloud services to manage complex environments and reduce costs has never been higher,” said Giovanni Coglitore, founder and CEO of RStor.
101 Data Solutions offer organisations a tailored approach because when it comes to cloud computing, it’s not simply a ‘click and go’ process; there are necessary steps to take and common pitfalls to avoid:
“Not all clouds are the same, and not one type of cloud computing is right for everyone. Several models, types and services have evolved to help offer the right solution for your needs. It is important to consider technical and business requirements and align them with the appropriate cloud model,” said Brett Edgecombe, Managing Director, 101 Data Solutions.
A good starting point is to devise a cloud strategy. As part of this process, 101 Data Solutions ask businesses the following questions about their storage needs and how and where they need to access that data:
• Which applications generate the largest amount of files?
• Which applications run on which servers?
• How old is the data?
• How much of it is duplicate or out of date?
• How much is not business-related?
• How quickly do you need to be able to access that data?
• From what locations do you need to access which data?
101 Data Solutions then work with RStor, the leading cloud services provider, to pull together the best cloud product for the client, with easy to use tools for backup, disaster recovery, and archive.
Cost concerns do cloud the judgement of some clients, but organisations can actually save money by decreasing IT resources, reducing the spending on hardware and software, enhancing fault tolerance and disaster recovery options and improving accessibility.