Migrating your Business to the Cloud
As of 2020, 85% of businesses worldwide are using some form of cloud-based technology to store information and this is rising each and every day. At Westgate, we provide an array of Cloud Services that can digitally transform your business, recommending technologies and software that are tailored for your business needs. Whether its Microsoft 365 Services or AWS, our team can handle the entire process for you, seamlessly and stress free.
The Westgate Approach
At Westgate, we provide our customers an effective budget centric path to cloud environments. Our teams have successfully migrated dozens of our clients to a cloud-based environment, including Public and Private Clouds. That is why we have set out a clear and simple migration process that we manage for all our clients.
We first establish an owner responsible for the migration process as for many medium and large enterprises, this can be a significant effort. To start the initiative, we provide an executive owner, business champion and cross-discipline transition team.
We then establish the scope and business case. Cloud migrations can be large efforts that require an initial investment before the payback, and it is important to set the intended scope of systems that are being targeted for migration. To support the program, a business case should be published that articulates the efficiency, agility or cost savings goals. The initial pass on scope doesn’t have to be perfect but it should indicate an initial sizing. As you get deeper into the program, the scope will vary as some systems will be identified as good candidates to migrate while others will be removed from the list.
Then finally, we establish the target clouds. Most clients will have already established their target Clouds with either private or public offerings. Those who haven’t will go through the exercise of identifying the Cloud Service Providers for their workloads.
What is Cloud Computing and what Types are there?
Cloud Computing means delivering a range of services through the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive, including storing and accessing data and programs. As long as your electronic device has access to the web, it has access to the data and the software programs to run it.
Public clouds are owned and controlled by a third-party cloud service provider including all software, hardware and supporting infrastructure. At Westgate, we can provide these computing resources such as servers and storage over the Internet. An example of a public cloud is Microsoft Azure which allows its consumers to quickly set up computing resources on-demand in a cloud environment.
Private clouds are exclusively used by a single business and is physically located on that company’s on-site data centre. Some organisations can pay third-party service providers to host their private cloud, still keeping services and infrastructure maintained on a private network.
Hybrid clouds are a mix of both public and private clouds, paired by the technology that allows data and applications to be shared between them. Allowing data and applications to freely move between private and public clouds allows greater flexibility within your business and helps optimise your existing infrastructure, security and compliance.
The Benefits – Cost, Speed and Security
Cloud computing has many benefits to businesses and provides key IT resources that are often not included in traditional services meaning that more businesses are using cloud computing tools.
Firstly, the large expense of buying hardware and software and setting it all up adds up quickly. Factoring in costs such as managing the infrastructure and constant power to support all of this is something to seriously consider. Cloud computing removes this expense and allows you to store all the desired information in one place.
Secondly, our cloud computing services are provided on demand to allow large amounts of computing resources to be provisioned in minutes with minimal mouse clicks. This allows businesses a great deal of flexibility and removes the stress off of capacity planning.
Thirdly, as cloud service providers, we can offer and recommend a wide range of policies, technologies and controls that strengthen your overall security stance, helping to protect your data, apps and infrastructure from potential threats.
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Published: 1st September 2020