For many businesses, migrating their data to the cloud is seen as (or sold as) a silver bullet to their IT woes. It's not hard to see why. Precious data is consolidated on to up-to-date servers, allowing secure access with incredible flexibility and scalability.
But what if you migrate to the cloud, but things don't run nearly as fast as they should?
Blame the cloud!
It would be easy to blame the cloud itself. After all, that's where all the data's gone. But the cloud doesn’t operate in isolation. And anything that block or slows down access to data held there will be felt immediately.
That could of course mean your network. It should be 'cloud ready' before any migration takes place, so that you see the improvements in performance you (and your staff) are looking for.
No! Blame the….um…er…
The trouble is that it's not always easy to diagnose whether a network is cloud ready, and resolve any issues if it isn't. Without specialist diagnostic equipment, training and procedures, IT departments can only make educated guesses as to what’s holding things up.
The result is that there's a risk of spending up big trying to 'fix' things that have little or no impact on the desired outcomes.
So the problem doesn't go away, even though the money's spent.
No need to cast a dark shadow
The good news is that it doesn’t' have to be this way. Specialist IT consultants have the diagnostic tools and processes in place to find out what's wrong – and right – about a network, before committing money to fixing the problems.
They use monitoring software that produces facts, not guesswork, making them are far more able to correctly identify the Single Points Of Failure' (SPOFs) that impact network performance.
And once they've correctly identified the problem, they'll be able to develop clear strategies and executions to ensure the issues are correctly addressed – whether it's a switch or cabling issue, or optimising the MIS configuration, or a redundancy strategy – clearly laying out the risk and benefits each step of the way.
Put your staff on cloud nine
The advantage of getting an accurate 'big picture' view of your network before migrating to the cloud is that potential problems are dealt with before they occur.
Which means when you do head off to the cloud, everyone will be happy.
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