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6 Questions to Ask and Answer Before Choosing a Cloud Provider

6 Migration Questions to answer

Migration is a major challenge not only in cloud technologies but has been in our orthodox change programs and products as we seek for transitions and continuity from the old system into the new without loosing much of the liquid data that powers our processes. 

In a similar post where I made clear cut explanations of moving files across different cloud providers, it has become obvious and also from personal requests that I make a Support-Assisted analysis of what every system administrator needs to put into consideration before starting on a migration project.

Let me start by listing Key factors to assess before starting;

  1. File type compatibility
  2. Supported Operating Systems
  3. Size of data
  4. Data Access and Collaboration
  5. Security needs and Business relevance
  6. Scalability

File Type Compatibility – this is a very key point to note as each cloud provider has a list of their supported file types and the type of extensions they allow to be synced and managed through their storage listings. Having this in check will inform you of your decision of moving your Business data into these storage containers so as not to encounter challenges when in production.

Supported Operating System – this point also bothers on file type compatibility but is broader on an OS-level as each operating system has its file systems and this comes with a different form of interactive specification with diverse file systems. For example, the MAC OS is fond of generating temp file within the OneDrive sync location which starts with an underscore “_” followed by a generic file name with “.” at the tail end; this naming convention isn’t supported on Windows PCs running Onedrive and these throw up challenges along the way.

Size of Data – this is a very big question as customer reviews, quality assurance scores and international brand service history need be put into play here as storage size limitations need be put into account while choosing a Cloud Storage Provider that can handle your local files archive on a long term basis. Major Cloud players like MicrosoftAmazonGoogle, and DropBox, Inc. each have their minimum storage listing that comes with service plans and subscriptions for different organization sizes and complexities. Choosing a cost-effective and minimal risk listing is key in scaling this huddle.

Data access and collaboration– Knowing what the ultimate data need of every cloud platform will be in the long run will be critical to choosing the best fit as needs and relevance outweigh the cost. The cloud platform a library will choose for Archival Storage of visitors, artifacts history, historical data, and other related information will be different from that a modern farm will need for its myriad of remote workers and other farm locations. The same applies to other business types and enterprises. 

We have seen a situation where administrators failed to draft a collaboration strategy/structure and this left their end-users encountering various sync related challenges due to their going against the laid down recommendations for data access and storage. If you require collaborations at all levels, choose a platform that supports that efficiently.

Security Needs and Business Relevance – How secured your data is and its compliance with every international standard around Confidentiality, Availability, and Integrity is vital to ensure your trade secrets and data are safe from prying eyes and secured for transfers across other platforms and media. GDPR and other such policies help to provide some form of governance for enterprise data management platforms to ensure compliance and enterprise security – for further reference, click here.

Scalability – can your cloud provider provide upwards and Sideways scaling provisions? This is a very important question to answer. 

How easy and swiftly you can add up new storage stacks, new processors, and new dedicated resources will mark the difference between a personally targeted storage platform and an enterprise-positioned alternative.

All these are the pressing points I think challenges some administrators and they need to be addressed before any commitments are made in paying for any cloud listing.

As a Cloud Administrator, you can channel your migration questions and inquiries through me and I will sure provide workable ideas and recommendations.

Cloud Solution Administrator | SharePoint Administrator (PowerApps and Flow) | IT Support Manager I currently support cloud services (Office365) and I do writing with my spare times on articles ranging from tech to Career Development

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