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How to Easily Transition onto a Private Cloud Server

By:Christine Fettinger

For some, upgrading to a Private Cloud Server may be ideal, but the “how” in doing so may seem overwhelming. At CyberStreams we are here to help. This guide will help you to walk through the necessary steps in preparing, designing, and implementing a private cloud server with ease.

Private Cloud Server make use of all storage and networking capabilities. You benefit from the advantages of the cloud but do not share space or information with other companies’ servers. All information remains fully independent from other firms’ data for optimum security.

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Before Implementation

Storage and networking space are used internally at varying proportions and speeds based on needs. By converting first to virtualization, your software and programs will already be running on the entire server instead of on individual computers. This transition can help employees learn to navigate this new way of computing before jumping into the private cloud servers. CyberStreams can help companies with the transition of servers to a virtualized platform.

Next, all of the applications and programs used inhouse should be evaluated. What are they used for? Who uses them? Are there updates? Are employees unhappy and requesting a better platform? Any adjustments in applications would ideally be made before the switch, so that there isn’t too much technology change dumped on your employees at one time. As a Microsoft Certified Partner, we recommend that even the best products should be introduced in a phased approach so as not to disrupt workers more than necessary.

Another consideration before implementing a private cloud server is accessibility and permissions. A private cloud can be organized so that only certain individuals can reach specific files, folders, or programs within a company. Before designing the server, you should decide who needs access to where, which groups within your organization use what, and how to shape these different permissions.

Lastly, different providers offer different peripheral services. Some providers include all security elements under a single price (such as firewalls, backups, data recovery, file replication, etc.), other providers may break up these costs into line item hits. Be sure to disucss what redundancy, security, and backup products will be included in your package.

Using the Cloud

For those technically inclined and those not as confident in their abilities, a transition to the cloud may seem insurmountably complex. As employees will need to be proficient at new interfaces and designs, you will want to consider end user adoption as a large component of the project goals.

It is wise to train employees through a set of pre-planned meetings. Employees will not only have a better understanding of the expected changes but will help ease some of the anxiety when upgrading technology in the office space. The last thing you want is to invest in a new platform that half the employees refuse to use.

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The overall benefit of the Private Cloud Server is how easily it is maintained. The biggest burden in the transitioning to the cloud comes during the migration and user training phases. If you have questions about this process feel free to reach out to a CyberStreams consultant today. (Phone: 425-274-1121 Option: 6)