The Benefits of Cloud Infrastructure Migration

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If any lesson can be drawn from how 2020 has panned out, it is this: the businesses that were able to leverage the cloud effectively were able to stave off the worst effects of an economic shutdown. Of course, this is not a universal truth, but the flexibility and versatility that cloud infrastructure provides has proven to be absolutely essential.

So, now the questions are: how can organizations best leverage the cloud, and is it too late to move in that direction? No, it isn’t too late, and The Millennium Group specializes in finding the perfect configuration for any organization.

What Is Infrastructure as a Service?

Gone are the days of buying commercial technology products like, say, a standalone copy of Microsoft Office. Modern organizations are using cloud infrastructure that is constantly being monitored and updated to ensure ongoing flexibility and security.

For example, consider a situation like hiring a new employee during the height of remote work—which we’re still in, depending on where your office is located. Whether an organization sends that new employee a dedicated laptop or they are told to use their own, if cloud services have already been configured and integrated into your processes, the employee onboarding process is simple, requiring nothing more than a login on their part.

Infrastructure as a service means that an outsourced provider like The Millennium Group is handling the maintenance, hosting, and integration of your cloud systems

Critical Digital Infrastructure

Cloud-based digital infrastructure has emerged as a key operational differentiator for businesses across a range of industries, and that trend is only accelerating. One of the most important functions of the cloud is to grant an organization a level of agility that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

For instance, being able to pivot quickly to remote work in the middle of a crisis—the first half of 2020—was entirely dependent on employees being able to continue producing and servicing outside of the traditional office environment. All that was required was an internet connection.

But what does an infrastructure as a service setup actually look like in practice?

Two Infrastructure as a Service Models

Private Cloud

By either installing servers on site at your facility that any employee can access or by having your storage and processes hosted in our data center, a private cloud is just that: private. 

You may be aware of services like Azure or AWS where cloud tools are provided by massive companies like Microsoft or Amazon. In this setup, cloud storage space is essentially shared between multiple organizations and individuals. Your organization’s information is kept separate, of course, but generally these are closer to plug-and-play solutions. 

With a private cloud, on the other hand, hosting and management is left up to The Millennium Group where we can customize the infrastructure to your particular security and productivity needs.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud solution combines private cloud hosting and service from The Millennium Group with the rapid scalability features of Microsoft Azure of Amazon Web Services. The team at The Millennium Group will carefully consult with your organization to determine which services are best kept on a private cloud and which are appropriate for the usability of public clouds.

Both setups have their own advantages and disadvantages, but a hybrid solution allows you to leverage the best of both worlds. For end users like your employees, all of these systems can easily be integrated together and with your processes to ensure minimal difficulty during adoption.

The cloud has emerged as an essential part of any company’s operations and it is virtually certain that adoption of cloud technologies will only increase in the years ahead.

A Custom Virtual Infrastructure Solution

The cloud migration process could seem daunting for an organization that hasn’t even started using digital collaboration, communication, and productivity tools. In some ways, this isn’t exactly the wrong way of thinking.

Trying to transition on your own or with the help of a small internal IT team can be overwhelmingly complex. Even a pure public cloud implementation for an organization of any substantial size is more than just dragging and dropping data.

When you call The Millennium Group for a consultation on cloud infrastructure, our response won’t be, “So were you thinking public or private?” It’s more than likely that you have no idea. Instead, we’re taking an approach that first understands your organization and processes before designing a solution custom-tailored for you. Once those decisions have been made, we’ll handle the implementation and integration and make the transition process as seamless as possible.

Once adoption is complete, we’ll cover any ongoing maintenance you may need and ensure that your organization is prepared for inevitable roadblocks the world of business may throw at you. Give us a call today to get started.