It's inarguable that moving towards the cloud is beneficial for many businesses. In fact, it's become the de facto standard for organizations of all industries and sizes. But that doesn't make the process of migration a simple one; a poorly executed migration can result in administrative headaches, business interruption, and even lost data. With that in mind, here are four of the biggest cloud migration pitfalls and how to avoid them.
1. Choosing the Wrong Vendor
Microsoft, Amazon, and Google all provide cloud-based services, but these services aren't necessarily equal -- and attempting to mix infrastructures could lead to more complication than is necessary. Companies should not only be aware of which vendor they want to use, but also the licensing agreements that they require for their current (and future) workload. An MSP can aid in analyzing the benefits for each vendor, as well as determining the resources that will be needed.
2. Not Considering Third-Party Integration
Businesses are now running multiple apps in cloud-based environments. When transitioning from on-premise apps to cloud-based apps, organizations are going to have to re-integrate all of the third-party solutions that they use -- and this may not always be as clear cut a process as it should be. Third-party solutions should be integrated and tested out in a pilot test program before the organization completely transitions.
3. Investing Too Little Time Into Preparation
Is your organization going to use a private cloud, a public cloud, or both? How many services are going to be run on each? There are many advantages to a multi-cloud approach, but it also takes a lot of planning. A cloud migration should be 90% preparation and 10% implementation. Too many businesses begin their transition with very little idea of how they're going to complete it, by transitioning small portions of their infrastructure at a time.
This is an area where working with an MSP can really shine. An MSP can give your organization all of the information it needs to complete its transition in a well-prepared and well-scheduled fashion. Ultimately this transition will take far less time and will be far less risky.
4. Failing to Protect Their Data
As of 2017, security is not the paramount concern of businesses on the cloud. Instead, most businesses are concerned with reducing costs. But security is still one of the major issues for businesses new to the cloud, as a cloud-based infrastructure requires a different approach to security.
Not only do businesses need to protect their data once on the cloud, but they also need to protect their data during the process of transition -- and they need to choose a cloud service model that appropriately protects their most important digital assets. To avoid this, businesses need to carefully consider the benefits of a private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud, and need to invest time and money into training employees regarding the new security standards.
For the most part, organizations stumble when migrating to the cloud because of inexperience rather than inattention; there are some things a business simply would not know about cloud services and cloud integration beforehand. MSPs can help an organization prevent costly and time-consuming pitfalls, and ultimately save an organization both time and money. For more information about completing your cloud migration, contact the experts at CWPS.