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Don’t let cloud migration costs negatively impact your business

As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, more than ever, organizations must keep up with the latest developments to avoid falling behind their industry peers. In recent years, the most significant shift in the business landscape has been the move toward cloud computing. And while from the outside looking in, it may seem counterintuitive for organizations to be apprehensive about switching to remote computing, many companies are hesitant to transition to remote cloud services due to concerns relating to the upfront and often hidden cloud tier costs and slow migration times involved.

One of the primary concerns for cloud users is the cost of migrating their data to and from the cloud, yet not having a clear understanding of the cost of cloud migration before executing any data transfers. It’s a paradigm shift from using a CapEx to an OpEx, and when paying by the month, it is important to understand the costs upfront.

Modern solutions can provide real-time insights into the cost of migrating data to help companies make intelligent decisions about what data to migrate to and from the cloud. These solutions allow users to filter and locate data sets, select different storage tiers, estimate costs associated with each tier, identify hot and cold data, and execute a “dry run” to provide an accurate cost estimate for the intended migration.

While cloud calculators are available that claim to provide predictive cost estimates, these calculators can be complex, inaccurate, and only offer a limited view of actual costs. By contrast, solutions that enable real-time cost estimates can provide more accurate and detailed insights into the cost of cloud migration.

Another benefit of using these real-time cost estimation solutions is that they enable companies to select different buckets of their actual data for migration—this allows users to choose which data sets are most important to migrate to the cloud and which can remain on-premise or in a lower-cost storage tier.

In addition to cost estimation tools, companies should also consider using storage agnostic solutions. These solutions provide users with control over all systems in their facility, including SAN, NAS, Object, and cloud protocols. By using a storage agnostic solution, companies can more easily manage their data across different storage systems, both on-premises and in the cloud.

Tracking data movement is also crucial when migrating data to and from the cloud. A solution that enables organizations to monitor, track, and tag every job by user, group, project, or department can help companies quickly and easily identify who moved what data, where the data was moved, and when the transfer occurred. This is valuable for compliance, audit, and security purposes.

In conclusion, cloud data migration costs are a primary concern for businesses looking to move their data to the cloud. By using real-time cost estimation tools, companies can make more intelligent decisions about what data to migrate to and from the cloud and estimate the cost of migration more accurately. Storage agnostic solutions and tracking data movement can help companies manage their data more efficiently and securely. By taking these steps, businesses can reap the benefits of cloud computing while minimizing the costs and risks associated with cloud migration.