Benefits of Cloud Migration
Prior to migration, an organisation should know how much data it currently holds, what percentage of it is useful or of quality, what is of zero value, and what risk is currently lurking within this data.
Quality data is determined by its uniqueness, currency, and relevance; file names, file type, file age, and last access date are all factors which contribute to determining this. Identifying quality data allows organisations to remove zero-value data, either through archival or deletion, ensuring they only migrate what is needed. This reduces project time and storage costs, and enhances the post-migration user experience.
Risk within data is determined by broken security inheritance and inappropriately secured personal and sensitive data. Identifying risk factors allows organisations to apply data governance policies and standards in advance of migration. Policies and standards including privacy, compliance, confidentiality, security and retention/disposition policies applied prior to migration will be preserved and ensure that only quality data is migrated.
What are the risks of a 'lift and shift' approach?
Comprehensive governance is embedded and automated across the organisation’s data and Information Governance champions are assured of continued compliance.
Only high-value data is migrated to the cloud meaning storage costs are reduced and budget is available for spending on areas of strategic focus.
As links, context and important historical metadata are fully preserved, end users can find the data they need quickly and proceed to work in the cloud with little disruption.
Security and permission structures are fully mapped, consolidated and streamlined during the move to the new system, meaning that organisations are protected from risk.