Cloud Migration: Reasons to migrate and tips to convince your clients

Reasons why you should migrate to the cloud

While we may think the majority of the companies have moved to cloud, the recent Hafnium attack and many others portray a different story. There are many organizations that still function on on-premise servers and haven’t moved to cloud. This shows that there are still many who are skeptical about Cloud Migration. The question here is, how secure is the cloud? Is cloud actually safe? 

Let’s answer this question for you then. 

The recent activities are a testament and throw light on how unsafe or vulnerable on-prem servers are. The simple answer to this is, that your data could actually be more secure on the cloud than it is on-prem. 

 

Here are the reasons why Cloud could be more secure

  1. Multi-Factor Authentication: Added layers of security with features like MFA, where before you sign in from a new device, an OTP or a verification mail is sent to verify your identity and ensure that the access is granted to the right person. 
  2. Safe attachments & Safe LinksCloud services, scan an attachment or any link that is being sent from another person. If the file is not secure, a message pops up which warns you to not download the files or open the link. 
  3. Encrypted data: Data and files are encrypted hence you don’t have to worry about your files falling into unsafe hands. 
  4. Quicker Operations: Your SMB will be able to coordinate and work on projects at a greater pace.
  5. Backups have your back: Doesn’t matter if you forgot to save your files, they will be automatically backed up on cloud. You would never have to worry about losing a file or its content when you are working cloud. 
  6. Seamless Collaborations: A benefit that has come to use during this pandemic. Teammates can work on the same files, make changes, feel more connected, have office meetings online, cloud just makes it more seamless.  
  7. More Storage Space: Microsoft offers its licensed user 1 TB of free storage space on the cloud which would be difficult when it comes to an offline medium.
  8. Your data at your doorstep: You and your team can simultaneously work on the same file no matter where in the world you are. Even if you don’t have your laptop with you, or it’s damaged or corrupted, the cloud will have stored all your data in a safe place.

 

Tips to keep your data and systems safe: 

  • Update Patches regularly, as and when they are released
  • Have a good firewall in place- to keep you away from suspicious traffic
  • Enable MFA
  • Encrypt all your cloud data 

 

Tips on convincing your clients for Cloud Migration

As an MSP, if you want to convince your customers to migrate to the cloud, you must have a fool-proof understanding of the cloud which will help you understand the reason behind your clients’ reluctance, their dismissal and you’ll then have reasons to convince them for the migration. 

Once you frankly discuss the concerns your clients have migrating to the cloud, whether it be due to higher costs, data security etc., you’d be able to give them accurate solutions to mitigate these concerns. 

To give them something to trust, you can start with small changes, and then gradually aim for a complete migration to the cloud. 

Once your clients start using cloud services, there are high chances that they’ll be able to trust the platform better. 

Show them the unsafe world and then show them the safe world and how you can help them transition. Highlight the problems they may face when using an offline medium (higher chances of losing a file and never being able to recover it, limited storage, server hack concerns, etc.) 

Put forth the benefits of the cloud(larger storage space, backups and disaster recovery, constant maintenance, fewer chances of server getting hacked etc.)

Although cloud services may seem expensive initially but over time if you consider the operational costs you may incur in an offline medium, the cloud is a good investment. In order to keep up with the pace of this competitive world, cloud migration will be a saviour in the future.

Be honest with the pros and cons and leave the decision up to your client. 

 

Conclusion: 

Migrating to cloud has immense benefits; yes, cloud services may seem expensive but curated packages and the pay-as-you-go pricing, can help cut costs. Packages start from basic all the way to premium, so your client can choose the one that is the most suitable for them. There are different cloud types and models available. Present them the package that you think would be appropriate for their business and then they will be more likely to purchase. 

Migration is an extensive, exhaustive process. Migrating to cloud while taking care of the daily tasks and simultaneously growing your business can seem daunting, but it is important.

Infrassist utilizes industry-recognized best practices to design, build, deploy, and drive the right cloud solution that aligns with your clients’ needs. We will migrate your data from one cloud environment to another and take the burden off of your IT team.

Milan Ramani
Milan Ramani

Milan heads the Professional Services division at Infrassist. Having worked with leading Enterprises globally Milan has played a key role in studying and analyzing the requirements, discuss possible solutions, and ensuring client satisfaction by delivering the desired output. Milan always emphasizes and ensures his team spends maximum time in gathering the requirements, understanding the needs, and planning because if the plan is concrete implementation becomes relatively easy. “Seamless customer experience” is his mantra in every project he takes up.

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