“Is it finally time to burn that server in the office?”

Cloud Migrations are a touchy subject for a lot of IT and business leaders. It can be hard to weigh up the pros and cons of a cloud migration, especially if it’s your first foray into public cloud offerings.

In our line of work it’s not unusual to find servers in all sorts of strange places, often fulfilling roles they most certainly weren’t designed for, most notably:

  • On a window-sill in direct sunlight, being used as a coffee table by a finance team
  • Under a desk, being used as a foot-rest-foot-warmer combo

But with so many cloud options available, is it finally time to “do a Moss” and accidentally set fire to it? Let’s delve into some of the reasons you might want to – ignoring the obvious issues of fire safety of course – and some of the reasons you might want to keep it.

Why you might want to get rid – 

  • There is a better SaaS option available that could replace the app your server runs. A Cloud Migration doesn’t necessarily mean moving like-for-like, why not remove the “server” all together and let someone else worry about the infrastructure.
  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) can be significantly lower when considering, power, licensing, maintenance, support and the initial outlay for hardware.
  • Scalability – most cloud providers allow you to scale your resources in line with workloads. This can be achieved with local virtualisation but only within the resources that the physical server can provide.
  • Accessibility – With a home-working workforce, accessibility is key! A cloud migration would enable your workforce to access data anywhere, anytime, and securely. 
  • Agility—The ability to change, move, and grow your tech in line with your business goals is critical. Why spend £10k today on a server that won’t be “right-sized” for 2 years, or worse, will be undersized?

It’s not all sunshine in the cloud though, some reasons you may not want to set fire to your server just yet:

  • Data security and privacy – Storing certain types of data may not be allowed for your industry, or may come with significant compliance overheads.
  • Internet connectivity – What will you do if the internet goes down? Or worse still, what if the cloud provider goes down? Business continuity is always a concern when considering a Cloud Migration.
  • Cost predictability – We’ve all had that massive roaming bill for our mobiles! Well with PAYG cloud services cost should be closely monitored to prevent surprises! Our Cloud Engineers highly recommend setting budgets and alerts within your cloud environment, based on your expected monthly spend.
  • Complexity – Migrating to the cloud is no picnic – unless you’ve got some geeks on hand to help you (nudge nudge!!). Once you’re in the cloud you’ve also then got to consider how you’re going to keep things running like a well-oiled Rubiks cube!
  • Loss of control – some people just don’t like the idea of someone else having control over their tech. 

It’s essential to weigh all these factors carefully to determine the best approach for your organisation, taking into account your specific needs, challenges, and strategic goals. With so much to consider, it’s no surprise that many businesses still have coffee-table-foot-warming servers dotted about their offices, only considering a cloud migration when the worst happens – like it catching fire before you had the chance!

Still trying to decide what the right choice is for your business? Get in touch, and we’ll help you decide whether you need matches or a migration!