In a previous blog, we discussed factors to consider when migrating your Microsoft Office and other business-sensitive files to the cloud. In this blog we are focusing on best practices to employ when migrating those files to the cloud.
We know that a lot of people are reluctant about cloud computing, despite the many advantages that it can bring to a business. We have examined these concerns in previous blog. Among those concerns was the extensive amount of planning that a cloud migration requires. This planning applies as well to file migrations.
File migration is a fundamental step in any cloud migration. Imagine thousands or even millions of files waiting to be migrated. Not only are you insecure about their safety, but how can you determine which file to elect to send to the cloud?
EWeek had an interesting article on this topic. They note, “The first thing to ask is how strategic are specific files to the business? How would it affect the business if they weren’t continuously available? If files require five nines (99.999 percent) availability, they’re probably not good candidates for the cloud. But for some files, 99.9 percent (which represents a few days’ worth of downtime a year) may be good enough.”
Perhaps the most common type of migration is the Microsoft Exchange migration. Many companies offer this service, and it is becoming increasingly popular to perform migrations to Exchange Online, rather than keeping the information on the premises. But, there are few companies specialized in offering this exact type of migration and there are even fewer automated tools.
What about Microsoft Office files? There are a couple of options:
- You can ask the cloud provider to deliver everything, including planning and executing the file migration.
- You can choose to use automatic tools, especially when moving just a part of your IT infrastructure or software to the cloud, particularly that related to Microsoft information.
- ConverterTechnology offers some tools that can be helpful in this process. For example, we offer a desktop-tool that offers the user a way to elect files to be reviewed for any damage that may have occurred during the cloud migration.
File migrations must be treated with care – be it part of a cloud implementation or a more traditional on-premise migration. If you are planning a migration (internal or cloud-based), ConverterTechnology can help. Feel free to contact us.