On-premise data center technology still works and will still serve its purpose. However with the benefits that come with cloud computing, it is high time to consider migrating your data to the cloud.
But along with huge benefits are the complexities that are usually associated with cloud migration. And before you make the switch, there are important considerations that you must not disregard.
This article discusses important facts about cloud migration; its challenges, why you must take the leap and the necessary steps to take to get the task successfully done.
What is Cloud Migration?
Basically, cloud migration is the process of deploying digital assets to the cloud, whether as a whole or in part. It often involves the combination of on-site IT infrastructure and hybrid cloud solutions.
The Challenges of Cloud Migration and How to Overcome Them
While moving to the cloud solves problems with data storage and seems to be the best option considering its financial and logistical advantages, cloud migration isn’t seamless. In fact, there are challenges that must be overcome for a successful transition.
The following are some of the most common challenges that are encountered when moving to the cloud, along with tips to overcome them:
- Challenge: Time
One important factor to consider is the length of time that it will take for your application to run in the cloud and usually, the bigger the data, the greater time it will take for complete migration.
Instead of using traditional replication, use a streaming-based approaches that allows the actual migration to take place first and enable workloads to be live in a matter of minutes.
- Challenge: Tools
Another challenge is the complexity of migration tools used for the transition which further add to the difficulty of the process.
Avoid complicating the migration further by choosing the right tools. Consider those that can eliminate or reduce security vulnerabilities and can be easily integrated to your existing systems.
- Challenge: Errors
Mistakes can easily happen and your expectations may not be met.
Avoid risks by performing tests before the migration as this will save you precious time and money.
- Challenge: Data Security
One of the biggest challenges of cloud migration is keeping data protected even in the presence of elements that may lead to data loss and leakage.
It is a must to check the security capabilities of your migration tools. When dealing with sensitive data, it is best to keep your cloud footprint at the minimum.
While there are barriers that may prevent a swift transition to the cloud, the fact remains that the best way to cut on expenses and allow business agility is through cloud migration.
To assist you on seamlessly moving data and enterprise workloads to the cloud, here are some of the essential steps that you must follow:
- Get everyone involved. All stakeholders should be informed about the cloud migration to avoid objections in the end and to provide good understanding of the importance of migrating to the new system. This will also prevent critical operations to be disrupted during the migration.
- Do it in phases. Cloud services must be rolled out in phases to allow flexibility, minimize disruption, and confirm the stability and effectiveness of the technology before making the next move.
- Move in sync with your subsidiaries. A successful cloud migration greatly depends on system integration. In cases of having subsidiaries, don’t use separate cloud solutions but instead coordinate the move to d the migration in sync.
- Cloud purchases must intersect with business goals. Different cloud applications have varied purposes but what’s important to keep in mind is for all stakeholders to be in sync in meeting a certain objective.
- Find a dependable technology partner. Having a committed and effective partner will enable you to meet your present and future technology requirements. When choosing a partner, consider experience and the capability to provide the best platforms, tools and assistance.
By 2020, Cisco forecasted that about 92% of all workloads will be in the cloud. Sure, you don’t want to be left behind and witness the downfall of your enterprise when this time comes. There is every reason for you to adopt cloud services. And we prove to you that the challenges you might think of are surmountable with practical solutions and best practices.
You can migrate to the cloud with ease and with minimal to no disruption in your business process.
About the Author, Micah de Jesus
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.