On-Premises Email Hassles Teach Us Why Cloud Migration is Important

I know why people have switched to Office 365.

“How?” you might ask. Well, it’s not a matter of just working in cloud migration solutions, nor of studying intently different cloud collaboration solutions. In the end, it’s pure personal experience.

My email sucks.

In the past two weeks, I have been barred from my Exchange account multiple times, seemingly at random. A password that worked five minutes ago will suddenly register as invalid. IT will dive in to try to fix the issue, and see that I haven’t been locked out, when–on my end–it says I have.

So, what could cloud email solutions such as Office 365 and Gsuite do to fix this problem? Well, a migration to cloud email solutions excises the need to use the exchange server, whose inconsistent service and frustrating opaqueness as a piece of tech has driven many a user up the wall.

If you Google “Exchange Server Issues” you’ll see the sheer breadth of this struggle for some organizations. Whether it’s spotty updates, missed emails, or encryption mysteries, exchange servers have long been an endless but completely fixable annoyance. It’s not the end of the world.

There’s always another better way. As so often is the case, migration can provide you with salvation from these problems, and an escape route from the prison of your ham-handed servers.

In fact, migration of email servers were some of the first cloud migrations undertaken by enterprise organizations. The project was fairly straightforward and well-documented, and there were a host of options to undertake the migration. With an immediate ROI, moving the most mission critical part of business was a no brainer. Anyone who’s tried to slog through the experience of exchange servers can see exactly why. The alternative is a nightmare.

So why haven’t organizations been quicker to do the same for the rest of their servers? That is, why do so many still use on-premises file servers to house their business-critical content, despite the massive IT costs, unreliability, and the constant strain of upkeep? Cloud email solutions are the gold standard.

Migration to cloud solutions provides flexibility; it provides adaptability; it provides breathing room beyond your wildest dreams. Furthermore, all of the data and apps that fuel your organization are stymied in their potential by those clunky, unpredictable on-premises file servers. With the power of the cloud at your back, you can finally watch your organization reach its full potential.

Imagine you have a car with extensive horsepower, a real monster of an engine beneath the hood. However, everywhere you go, you choose to strap fifty or sixty breeze blocks to the fender, slowing you down, and ultimately damaging that beautiful engine of yours.

You wouldn’t force your car to drag 500 pounds of weight behind it when there was another option. So why are we tying our data down with outmoded tech that’s only going to slow us down, and hurt our engines, especially when the solution to the problems it causes is staring us right in the face?

My email doesn’t have to suck, and neither does the method in which your users interact with their files. You don’t have to remain wedded to technology, the detriments of which are myriad and readily visible. With solutions that can ensure secure and efficient migration of business-critical data to collaboration and storage platforms designed to maximize the potential of your organization, migration has never looked better. All it takes is that simple move away from on-premises servers, the same way your organization probably decided years ago to migrate their email servers.

This is just the logical next step.