Cloud Migrations Are Set To Dominate In 2017

Businesses ranging from small to global are utilizing Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Desktop-as-a-Service to deliver the fastest, most efficient information technology solutions for their users.

As Cloud technology matures, comprehensive and capable cloud-based platforms are rapidly changing the way knowledge workers experience, share, and protect their digital resources. Given today’s IT landscape, the reliance on managed service providers (MSPs) to facilitate and perform data migrations and domain migrations to the cloud is drastically increasing. Here’s why:

2017 Is the Year of Cloud Migration

Cloud migrations passed an upward inflection point in 2016, and currently 52% of Enterprises plan to migrate to a public cloud over the next 2 years. This equates to blistering growth for public cloud providers, since the majority of this activity is a move to reputable hosting providers. Businesses of all sizes are following suit, leading to a daunting number of migrations across SMB and mid-size companies, as well. Multi-tenant public cloud platforms are taking a gigantic share of the IT workload away from onsite solutions.

The result of this massive shift is that reliance on physical hardware is expected to shrink by 25% throughout 2017, and then again by another 33% in 2018.  This means that more than HALF of the capacity of today’s physical infrastructure will not be required within two years’ time.

This change also means that cloud migration knowledge and cloud migration experience are now at a premium. Strong MSPs are winning business by demonstrating the value they add and the experience they bring to the migration process, cloud adaptation, and user training.

The migration process requires specialized knowledge and technical skills. This gives you, the MSP, the opportunity to showcase your capabilities and increase the level of familiarity you have with your client. Typically, large migration projects naturally evolve into ongoing managed services contracts. –Especially for MSPs that provide the cloud infrastructure and management along with migration support and services.

A Partial Migration

The interesting fact is that, post migration, most of the physical hardware will not be completely deprecated due to the fact that latent data and archived data will still reside on the hardware for years to come. Since the migration was not completed in its entirety, the hardware still requires maintenance and support and must be kept running until the residual data becomes inconsequential or is archived elsewhere.

Domain to Domain Migration

With CloudConnect, MSP partners typically arrange a domain-to-domain migration, allowing for a complete move to the cloud. The capability to run two domain controllers in co-existence provides extended time for the migration, allowing for the movement of resources as time permits. The domain migration can now be accomplished with no downtime, and it ensures that data is migrated in its entirety. This leads to a successful domain migration, while alleviating the stress of completing the project within a small maintenance window.

The Result

Not only is the data now accessible, secure, and backed-up, but the old hardware (that’s expensive to support and maintain) can now be fully deprecated. The MSP, who serves as the primary administrator for the domain and the underlying cloud-based infrastructure, retains control and has the capability to deploy VMs, size storage, and provision user accounts as necessary.

If the situation doesn’t require a domain move, in the case of a hybrid solution or a basic work group, data stills needs to be migrated and on-site IT staff and end users will continue to require support. In this case, you, as the MSP, are again in an ideal position to continue managing and supporting that client environment. –Especially if you also provide and control the infrastructure.

The final result is that your client now relies on you for infrastructure, support, and know-how, and they operate leaner, faster, and smarter.