With the rise of cloud computing at a feverish rate over the past decade, many businesses adopt cloud technology in their IT strategies. Cloud migration has been proven to deliver benefits in many aspects – cost, performance, scalability, capacity, manageability, maintenance, and digital transformation. However, jumping to the new platform means moving your infrastructure to a new platform and this can be a challenging operation.
Does your enterprise plan on joining the big switch? Before you do, clearly defined your strategies are needed to ensure the success of cloud migration. That involves figuring out the possible issues that you will face before, during, and after the process so you can prepare solutions when circumstances demand so. Read on to know the common problems you might encounter when migrating to the cloud.
5 Common Problems with Cloud Migrations
A few minutes of outage already means losses to your business in terms of revenue, productivity, and end-user satisfaction. Unfortunately, downtime is one of the common problems faced by organizations when migrating data. One of the solutions to avoid this is to invest in backup environments or applications to host all your business applications and services. It may not exactly be an easy process as you have to consider the house capacity and the handling of users’ load on the servers. But allocating resources for backup can help minimize the grave consequences of downtime, if not completely avoid it. Some companies inform the users beforehand regarding the temporary shutdown and execute migration during non-peak hours (when service use is minimal).
- Adaptability Issues
Switching to cloud platform demands to equip your organization with the knowledge in handling the new system. Part of adapting is to adjust, or even completely change, the company staff, policy, and allocation of resources and budget. This is where issues emerge. In efforts to align the working architecture with the cloud environment, it can negatively impact your organization’s return on investment.
- Data Loss
Many organizations fall into the mistake of migrating to a cloud environment without clearly defining their goals and strategies. The planning stage should not be overlooked. Otherwise, you might lose crucial data in the process. Note that some applications and files are more difficult to migrate as compared to others. Corrupted files are difficult, if not impossible, to recover. Before the actual migration, consider these aspects in plotting your strategies.
- Security Threats
The alarming rise in cyberattack incidents continues to become a pressing issue, especially in the IT industry. A data breach is a widespread problem that hinders the successful migration of data. In fact, security threats are the leading reasons why businesses refuse to adopt cloud technology in the first place.
Precautionary steps must be performed when moving data from an external server to a cloud or from one cloud to another. This is when your business-critical data becomes extremely vulnerable. There is no guarantee that your own network security or even the cloud security systems can completely protect your data. You need to implement every solution possible to prevent leakage. One of the ways to provide added security is through experts’ supervision. However, you need to ensure that you trust the cloud service provider (CSP) and you fully understand its security practices. Know the storage location, ways of encryption, and regulatory compliance of the provider.
- Cloud Vendor Lock-in
Since the process of cloud migration is a lengthy and expensive process, some companies stick to a single cloud vendor. While this can cut costs on your finances, you might be trapped in a problem called vendor lock-in. This commonly happens after adopting cloud technology when you encounter problems with the CSP. You will probably find that its services are not the best fit for you. However, switching to another vendor will only cost your company additional time and money. Moving your entire IT infrastructure with only one cloud provider is a huge risk and will make you spend more than you initially planned.
When selecting a cloud vendor, analyze your goals if they are aligned with the core concepts of the CSP. Be sure to check service level agreements (SLAs) as well, they will give you information about the terms and conditions in case you decide to stop acquiring their services.
Criteria When Choosing a Cloud Service Provider
- Cloud Adoption Goals of Your Company
- Security Practices
- Regulatory Compliance
- Required Cloud Environment –private, public, or hybrid
- Management Plans
- Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
There are a number of other factors that can make or break your cloud migration. This operation demands high attention and preparation. If you’re not ready, it can put a dent in your business finances, productivity and even pose risks to your data. One of the ways to help you avoid cloud migration issues is to seek cloud professionals’ guidance and services. Note that the success of jumping to a new platform does not end in the migration itself. You need to constantly learn, monitor and stay cautious of any untoward incidents.
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Darrell Smith is a data/cybersecurity news junkie. He spends most of his time surfing the web for the latest data and network operations center trends. He also shares his recent findings through his articles and other blog posts.