Probably the most common types of Cloud Migration we perform for small businesses and organisations are where they are approaching the end of life of their premises based servers. Listed below are the more common real life examples we regularly get involved in.
1 – Microsoft Exchange – moving a customers email service from a premises-based Exchange Service to Microsoft Hosted Exchange which is part of Microsoft Office 365
2 – Often, when people carry out 1. above, it then makes perfect sense to also use Microsoft’s One Drive and possibly Sharepoint
3 – Instead of backing up important data to old back up tapes or local drives, it is often better to us a Cloud-Based storage and back up facility – sometimes we combine this with an on-site storage solution
4 – An organisation may prefer to move their business software applications out of their premises and put them into a data centre. This could be using Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services
5 – Last and not least, because of the move to Cloud for the above mentioned examples, the internet connection becomes EXTRA CRITICAL and a typical result is that a more expensive, faster and more reliable connection is needed. This better connectivity, which has come down in price a lot recently, paves the way to move voice services onto the same internet connection, either by using a SIP trunk (internet phone service) or a Hosted Phone System. The infographic below illustrates what this looks like and can be applied to data as well as voice