If you are already thinking of moving your desktop apps to the cloud, you are probably on the right track with your business strategy. Remote working is becoming the way forward for many companies around the globe, which by all means, increases the demand for high performance applications and better scalability of desktop operations. This makes migration of applications from servers to third-party cloud servers the first and most important step to fully utilizing a Desktop-as-Service solution as part of your existing work model.

Using a managed service to deploy your desktop application has already been known as a very cost effective way for companies to stay in business, as they save on expensive hardware investment. The question here is how do you reach your final destination in this digitalization process without compromising on the efficiency of your desktop deployment system? Many customers initially feel concerned that moving their servers to the cloud is a time-consuming and potentially expensive service, which will affect the agility of their business while they adopt a new desktop deployment strategy. However, this is not the case with modern cloud desktop solutions! Before migrating your company data, you should make sure that you have understood a checklist of points that we cover in the next few paragraphs below.

1) What systems can you move to the cloud?

Generally speaking, you can move all of your IT systems to the cloud including back-end systems, networks, company data, peripheral systems such as printers and scanners and desktop applications. In the focus of this review, we discuss only the migration of desktop applications to the cloud, which are practically the software programs such as the Office suite software, used in operating your internal email, payroll system, stock control and so on. Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is the solution that should ideally deploy your desktop applications for you, without unnecessary hassle or any efforts on your side.

2) What are the important factors to consider?

Good migration strategy of applications and websites to the platform of your cloud desktop provider requires you to consider several important factors. The most important one to start with is finding the right expertise in the services of application migration. The best cloud desktop providers are essentially a team of IT specialists who are able to execute the whole process for you painlessly, and without causing any downtime to your business operations. In IT-Fabrik LLC, we make sure you experience full functionality of your desktop operations while we handle the whole migration process from your servers on-premises over to our cloud.

Many cloud desktop providers have hidden costs for performing all of the initial installations and data transfer services. Choosing a comprehensive DaaS provider which will implement your migration strategy without adding extra costs to your subscription plan is what you should really be aiming for.

Last but not least, when you begin the migration process to the cloud, you must think of the possible challenges that you may encounter in this process. Making sure your data security is taken care of, as a client, sometimes you need to be involved in this initial step of moving to the cloud. Occasionally, you will be required to modify your application frameworks and to cooperate with your cloud desktop provider in the beginning.

3) How are desktop apps migrated to the cloud?

Cloud desktop providers are responsible for transferring all of your data from your desktop applications to the servers located in the data centers of the provider. Simply put, big cloud servers are systems built on the principle of physical computers, using processors and internal memory to safely store information. Migrating your data from your servers on premises to the ones in our cloud means that your information will be sent and secured in multiple locations, where it is processed by dedicated machines. DaaS providers use established transfer protocols and automated services to ensure this is handled proficiently and under close supervision.

4) What is required from you as a client in this process?

Successful cloud migration practices from providers should ideally require from minimum to zero effort from their clients. However, it is important for companies to be involved and proactive as they move their information to their third party provider’s cloud servers. This helps for speeding up the process and ensuring all of your data has been passed on in safe hands. Often, this may take some time, and it’s advisable that you communicate your objectives and deadlines with your provider prior to the implementation of your data migration plan.

5) What are the benefits for your business?

By choosing to move your desktop applications to the cloud and deploying a better performing desktop solution from a third-party DaaS provider, you set on a success journey. Finding an integrated migration strategy, included in the cost of your monthly payment for the service, is a great plus, which will reduce the capital costs as promised, without any hidden costs. Once all of your information is moved to the cloud and desktop applications are deployed to you in a smooth-running process, your company will experience the many benefits of quick scalability, easy manageability of desktop operations and greater data security in one centralized location.

Making your first move to using a Desktop-as-a-Service solution requires migration of your company data. This is a process that we can take care of without imposing extra costs or workload lagging. Our advice is to keep informed of the best practices in the industry while choosing the right provider that can make this whole process for you simple and effortless.