Migrating a single server to the cloud has its benefits including reduced risk of downtime, reduced risk of errors due to complexity and the assurance that compliance and security policies are met. But what if you could remove all these risk elements even during a larger multi-server migration? In this post we will outline how your business can approach both a single or multi server migration and the benefits and pitfalls for both approaches.

We know the benefits and the risks associated with cloud computing, but with those details aside, we delve deeper into the idea of cloud migration. Whether it is a single server or complete transformation, migrating to the cloud is an important process that requires extensive care and consideration. According to David Linthicum of Info World, “migrating from existing on-premise platforms to a cloud-based platform is difficult and risky, but it can provide the most value.”

What is a single server migration? Business efficiency is more important now than ever. The presence of downtime is essentially non-existent and the mindset of “time is money” rings truer and truer each day. For this purpose, migrating single sections of a workplace (aka a single server) is a highly popular practice for those companies looking to migrate to the cloud and begin reaping the benefits of doing so without losing efficiency and profitability within the work and market place.

Migrating a single server will allow some wiggle room for mistakes to be made. It is common for multiple errors to occur while migrating a server to the cloud and working with a single server will allow for those mistakes to happen without threatening the workability of the entire company culture. Additionally, business leaders who may be concerned about the safety of cloud computing are given time to ease into the comfort of security within the cloud with each single server migration, rather than making one large migration effort. These migrations provide a learning period that total transformation may not be able to offer; mistakes will be less damaging and complexities will be easier to grasp.

What is total transformation? Cloud migration can occur by multiple methods. The idea of single server migration has proven its popularity, but the idea of total transformation has also been found to be favorable for businesses as they adopt cloud computing into their workplace. Total transformation is simply that, a complete makeover of a company’s servers. This can be time consuming, but ultimately lends a hand to employees as they make the shift to cloud computing in one clean sweep.

Total transformation may not be as simplistic as single server migration, but it still has its benefits when performed with the right SaaS platform. Jamie Yap of ZDNet.com said, "IT software and services companies are putting more effort and investment to make migration faster and less disruptive for clients." RiverMeadow's cloud migration SaaS is an API based platform that allows for entire servers (aka total transformation) to be migrated to the cloud in one full swoop, quickly and cost efficiently. This SaaS platform is non-intrusive and allows for efficient collection, conversion and deployment of data. Learn more about the RiverMeadow SaaS platform here and discover how total transformation can be as beneficial as single server migration within the workplace.

RiverMeadow develops industry leading cloud migration SaaS that enables Carriers and Service Providers to deliver the incredible benefits of cloud computing to Enterprise and SMB customers with minimal cost and complexity. The RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS automates the migration of physical, virtual and cloud based servers into and between public, private and hybrid cloud environments. To learn more about RiverMeadow’s SaaS contact us at support@rivermeadow.com.

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