If you haven’t heard the news, cloud migrations are a pretty big thing right now.

When the cloud initially became mainstream, it would be fair to say that big businesses were the ones who were taking advantage of its many benefits. Now, it is businesses small and large, with lower costs being one reason behind this.

While there’s no doubt that it has become accessible through the likes of ukcloud.com, cloud migration is still a highly technical piece of work. Contrary to popular belief, it will involve input from your own team, and today’s guide will look at four questions you should be posing just before you proceed with your migration.

Are your internal team proficient in cloud migrations?

In truth, the term ‘cloud migration’ is quite a vague description at this point. Some members of your team may have been involved in umpteen migrations, but whether or not these are valuable for this next one is another matter in its entirety.

As we spoke about through the introduction, internal teams are of paramount importance when it comes to these migrations. They know about the existing applications, and what they need to work on another platform.

If this new platform isn’t compatible with their skillset, it can pose a problem. It means that you need to really take into account your current team’s capabilities, and whether this is going to transfer to a new system.

Will you be migrating all applications within your organisation?

Following on from the previous point, there might be some applications which are just not suitable to the cloud. These might be ones that rely heavily on internal data; while it is possible to migrate such systems, a lot of companies feel that it is simply too much work to try and manage this. As such, they might just move some of their applications.

Another point to consider is the platform that these applications were initially built for. As we all know, not all platforms are equal, and this might mean that they have to be rewritten. Naturally, this could have huge repercussions on the workload of your internal team.

Who will be performing the migration?

We have spoken a lot about your own internal team and in the vast majority of cases, they will play a part in this migration. The big question you need to pose is just how big is this part going to be?

Is it going to be a shared effort between you and the provider? Or, is the provider going to take on more responsibility. Suffice to say, this needs ironing out a long time before the migration kick-starts.

Who is responsible for security?

In truth, both the cloud service provider and you as a business have responsibilities about this, particularly with so many companies being in the news for the wrong reasons when it comes to data.

However, it’s important to fine-tune the details. Find out which party is responsible for each individual element of the system, both during the migration and when it is complete.