data center to cloudThere are certain benefits of moving a data center to cloud based hosting such as scalability for growth and migrating away from hardware requiring ongoing service and maintenance. Cloud-storage offers cost savings and twenty-four seven access from any internet-connected location. The transition is not instantaneous; in fact, it can take months to years depending on the complexities of your current system. Everything you currently use from software, hardware, networking, and operations will gradually navigate to the cloud. How to break these stages into a logical schedule for the best outcome takes planning and experience.

Data Center Migration to Cloud in Stages


Randomly choosing a target date to complete cloud migration is pointless and counterproductive if the date is not based on complete awareness of the scope of the project. For this reason, a discovery phase to lay out a schedule of migration stages is the most sensible approach.

When you begin working with data migration professionals, their priority is to understand your systems. This phase entails discussions about hardware mapping, software applications used, databases, files, operating systems, networks, security, patching, maintenance, licenses, etc. Without having a complete picture of your data center makeup, some vital component could be lost in the transition that causes other components to fail. Before any migration begins, they will map out a design that accounts for every part of your existing setup.

The schedule often begins with migrating non-production groups. Start with the low-hanging fruit; low dependency workloads are easier to complete. Each stage will be planned to move groups that rely on one another. Any anticipated software updates should be considered when planning the schedule to avoid repetition. The schedule should allow time to evaluate each stage before moving on to the next phase of migration.

This is often the time when businesses will implement operations changes to upgrade their existing interface.


Work begins with setting up the infrastructure to support the stages of migration, i.e., configuring IAM, networking, firewall rules, service accounts. Applications should be assessed on the infrastructure to ensure access to data runs smoothly.
As each scheduled wave of migration is completed, the system will be assessed for bugs before starting the next stage.


Once every component has been migrated and assessed, your team will make modifications to improve performance by automating some tasks, improve integration with logging and monitoring tools, and add in managed services to reduce operations overhead costs.

What are the differences between datacenter and cloud storage?

A datacenter runs on hardware while cloud-based storage operates on off-site cloud computing.

Moving a data center to cloud takes planning and moving in stages.

If you have external users, you will want to communicate your plan to migrate to the cloud beforehand to check for any compliance issues that could hold up stages of the move.

For help determining whether data center to cloud migration is right for your business, give Advance Technology Service a call today for a consultation.