With the culmination of public cloud-based services, Axensys has been advising its partners on the critical challenges they may experience in transferring their business to the cloud.
The cloud-based business has indeed seen a strong push in the past ten years. IT and MSP businesses are moving much of their content away from on-prem platforms to the cloud.
Part of the movement includes exchange servers and file servers directed to Microsoft 365, Amazon, Azure, and Cloud Services, while stand-alone applications are shifting to SaaS. Put simply, everything based on IT and MSP shops is currently in the pipeline towards cloud-based offerings.
Axensys realized that shifting to cloud-based offerings has been more vigorous with startup companies, more so those with software that provides general cloud-based business solutions. The phenomenon seen with startups is associated with certain business advantages.
First, cloud-based infrastructures are more scalable, easier to use and buy than installing and maintaining hardware components stack in a rack somewhere. This aspect enhances the operation of startups to startups and big companies that require data-intensive services.
Apart from the scalability aspect, the outcome of a cloud-based plan eliminates unexpected track rolls, and it also mitigates dealing with premise-based environmental hazards. Cloud services also maximize up-time and medium-time while resolving client issues.
However, from an operational perspective, there is a possibility that the servers may be shut down, or the service provider might decide to delete your files overnight, or the server itself in the network room can get stollen, break, or the room can burn down. These situations can be scary as they can lead to dire consequences.
At Axensys, we provide a plan that backs up data both on and off-site to mitigate these issues. From our experience, we understand that by storing both your primary and secondary data with the same vendor, you run the risk of losing your data as the vendor decides to pull the plug on you overnight.
Moreover, with cloud-services adapting sophisticated tools, it might be hard to move your systems to the next vendor without making serious changes. The changes might be expensive and time-consuming. If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan, moving to a new service provider would mean that you have to start from scratch.
Thus, Axensys advises that you should keep these in mind as you persuade yourself or your client to use cloud-based services.
- Review their terms of services.
- Understand who owns the data.
- Understand the jurisdiction where your vendor is located.
- Review details of the Domain Register.
- Transfer time.