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Cloud Migration

“Why cloud migration is good for your business”

Making the move

Many companies already use various Cloud solutions without really thinking about it. For these companies, completing the transition will only require some licence upgrades and perhaps some set up time to complete the transition. Consideration will be needed around both change management and user training.

Small to Medium Companies that already have significant legacy on-premises solutions will be more complex to move. They will require expert assistance to deliver a smooth transition from On-Prem to Cloud computing; IT Ambulance has a lot of experience and a well proven methodology to deliver successful cloud migration services to your Kenmare, Kerry or Cork based business.

“There are several approaches that you can take to transition from On-Prem to Cloud-based operation.”

Design Solutions

Firstly, there is a mind shift in moving from On-Prem, which has historically involved capital investment in infrastructure, to a Cloud-based system which typically is a subscription model. There may be resistance in your in-house IT Team and current IT Support partner because they do not have got the experience required to feel confident in performing such a migration.

Secondly, you need to find a partner, like DWS with genuine experience in migrating you from On-Prem. This includes the consultative and technical skills to both plan and execute your migration to conclusion with minimal disruption; coupled with the ability to support your end users as they change from their familiar practice.

Thirdly, expect to have a specialist support company, like DWS manage your “Tenant” within Microsoft’s cloud. Whilst there is no server now to patch and maintain, the application and security management of your Microsoft Cloud infrastructure is significantly more sophisticated, and it is essential to have this monitored regularly.

Making a cloud migration plan

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    Migration steps.


    Analyse the network infrastructure and bandwidth. Remediate the existing cloud tenant. Analyse the data that is going to be migrated. Consider the differences between the format of the data now, and what the format will be in the new system. Can we optimise this? Analyse the needs of your users and get a handle on their ability to cope with change. Plan to manage their needs.

    Backup Your Data

    It is essential to backup all data before any migration begins so that there is less likelihood of data loss should unexpected issues arise.

    Initial Testing

    Use a copy of your production environment and test your migration code.

    Extraction of Data

    Use a data loader or ETL application to extract the data.


    When doing the analysis earlier you may have identified that changing the format of the data may be required for the new host application. Now is the time to transform that data if it is required.


    Using the tool selected earlier, load the data into the new system.

    Verification & User Acceptance Testing

    In collaboration with your staff, who are experts in your operation we check to ensure that the data transfer worked as planned and that you can access it on the new system as needed. This is now a great time to train your trainers or end users on a subset of meaningful data.


    We tend to leave the legacy system disconnected but available for a few months before it is wiped and disposed of in a secure way, in accordance with your business’s asset disposal policy.

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