Why Should We Move to the Cloud?

This is a question we hear from many companies who are wondering if they should keep their physical on-premise servers vs. migrate their data and systems to the cloud. 
There is not a single answer that is fitting for all circumstances. Some files, due to their size and accessibility, are better suited to be local. Some systems and databases are likewise configured to be better accessed locally.
But this is becoming less and less the case as Internet speeds increase, and systems are being re-engineered for a better cloud experience. 
Advantages of Moving to the CLoud
1) Accessibility: Access from almost anywhere, thereby enabling your workforce to be more mobile and versatile. 
2) Resources: Lightening the resources required locally to support on-premise systesm (Power, backup, space, etc.)
3) Uptime: Mitigating the likelihood of downtime and/.or the need for redundant systems
4) Collaboration: Depending on the applciation – easier and more frequent collaboration. 
Concerns with Moving to the Cloud 
1) Data integrity and accessibility: Does the cloud provider offer ptoper protections for backup and resore of data? Do they have proper redundancy in place? 
2) Security: Does the cloud provider follow best practices in all relevant areas of cybersecurity?
The Process
How easy is this process? How soon can companies get up and running in the cloud?
The process of movign to the cloud can be broken down in to 6 major steps:
1.) Evaluate – Is it possible? What are the options? Which solution is best for us? 
2.) Plan – Consider all of the contingences and conquences. Map out the process for best execution. 
3.) Execute – Setup the solution and systesm as required. Copy data to the cloud. 
4.) Test – Verify that the systems and data work as intended. 
5.) Finalize – Make a final migration or copy of all data. 
6.) Edcuate: Train all affected users on the ways of using the new cloud-based system.
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