Cloud migration: use these 8 pro tips to make it seamless

Is your company planning a cloud migration?

Companies move their data to the cloud for a variety of reasons. Usually, cloud migrations are a cost-saving measure, although often cloud-based data can be more flexible and more secure.

Most common is when a company wants to ditch their onsite server in favour of a cloud-based solution (like SharePoint). Cloud-based data is more secure than on-premises, but it doesn’t become that way automatically. Careful planning, analysis and execution of the cloud-migration project are required. With help from Atlassian, Here are the 8 steps to keep in mind when planning your cloud migration:

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1. Take your time

Understand the scope of your cloud migration project and give yourself enough time to do it securely.

2. Analyse your current stack

Analyse your current stack and how user access is currently managed. If the current stack is not understood, there are more chances of missing important steps or security holes when it comes time to move the data.

3. Evaluate every user.

Check for inactive users, and users with too much or too little access. Do people actually need the access levels they have? What happens if they don’t have them? This is the time to explore, question, and update your processes.

Analyse every user

4. Know your cloud migration data.

If your data is a mess now on the server, it’s going to be a mess when you move to the cloud.

5. Document and assess your controls and processes.

It’s common to find that the controls and processes that are supposed to protect your data and users aren’t very well documented. Pre-migration is the perfect time to remedy this problem.

6. Understand your regulatory responsibilities.

Is your data subject to specific legislation? Do you have intellectual property you need to protect? Are there audit requirements that you need to accommodate?

7. Find the right partner to execute the cloud migration.

While you certainly can tackle a migration yourself, it’s impossible to know what you don’t know. That’s why we recommend bringing on a partner, especially if your migration is a complex one.

8. Schedule regular health checks.

Migration is a chance to evaluate, update, and improve security, but it’s not the only time you should do so. Regular access checks, process checks, and regulatory checks should be built into your schedules for the future.


Does a cloud migration sound like too much work?

Number 7 (Finding The Right Partner) will be the bulk of the work for 99% of NZ businesses considering a cloud migration. That’s where partnering with an MSP like Revolution can help your business access the incredible productivity gains and cost savings from working in the cloud. Get in touch here: