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Guest Post by Lilac Schoenbeck, VP of Marketing, iland

So you’ve decided to make the strategic move to cloud. As you’re likely aware, you’re not alone, as Gartner predicts the cloud infrastructure market is set to hit $22.4 billion this year. After all, cloud has come a very long way since its infancy.

While security is often discussed as the major final barrier, the majority of IT and security experts now agree that cloud is as or more secure than on-premise environments – assuming you choose a cloud with advanced security built in and verify its capabilities, of course.

So, as this final barrier becomes more of a bump, companies are looking for the most efficient way to migrate their workloads to cloud. For many, the solution lies in technology they’ve already invested in –modern Disaster Recovery tools. And for those who have not yet secured budget for these tools (which are actually hugely cost efficient), here’s another benefit you can relay to your CFOs: Aside from keeping business running when an IT outage looms, Disaster Recovery technology can also offset costs of cloud migration (and security testing, and quality assurance and others… but that’s for later posts).

There really are 2 ways to get into the public cloud. The first is with net-new workloads. So, you spin up a nice clean machine and start layering on applications and whatnot. The second is to move an existing workload from your on-prem environment into the cloud.

This second use case is more sticky. Workloads may be big. They typically have few quiet periods where downtime is welcomed. Data loss is a real concern – so you wouldn’t ever want to ship hard drives around. The travel time alone would take you down.

Enter modern disaster recovery tech from iland’s acclaimed strategic partners such as VMware. Think about it – you can use this technology to replicate your on-premise VM(s) into the iland cloud over the course of a day or two (depending on size), slowly sending all the data. And, it keeps that up-to-date shadow of your system in the cloud until it’s time to cut over.

Of course, in a migration, the cut-over is planned. This isn’t an urgent 4-alarm failover. It’s a planned “Thursday, 6pm” trigger – and BAM, 5 seconds later (or less – I’m not kidding), the workload is up and running in our cloud. Then you fiddle with DNS and .. well.. as they say somewhere, Bob’s your Uncle.

Typically, in a DRaaS situation, you’d be looking to fail-back at some point. But, this isn’t a DR situation. It’s a migration. So, you simply … stay … in the cloud. And by choosing a cloud provider that is based on VMware, you are able to closely mirror your current production environment to ease the transition even more. Don’t forget to evaluate the provider’s management tools either – an intuitive console that gives you all the transparency you’re accustomed to is also key.

Here’s to your smooth migration!