When you make an update on your Facebook page you are making use of cloud computing. When you do an online cash transfer, once again it is cloud computing at work. Every business wants to take advantage of this 24/7 connectivity to improve operational efficiency and also cut down on IT costs. However, shifting your infrastructure to an external environment must take into account the challenges of cloud computing. Else you will be in for a bumpy ride that will not smoothen out any time soon.
Challenges of Cloud Computing Migration
Migrating an application to the cloud or even migrating from one cloud service provider to another can be complicated. Operating systems, networking architecture and storage systems will differ from one environment to another. If your migration story must be completed with as few problems as possible it is essential to know the challenges you are up against.
1. Not having a well-defined cloud migration strategy
Conducting an initial and thorough assessment is essential whether you are hiring a cloud migration services partner or using your in-house team. This is particularly important when you are migrating from legacy systems. Some of the challenges to address can be compliance regulations, legacy hurdles and data dependencies. Some data centers might be more difficult to migrate than others and you will want to keep the business downtime to the least possible.
ITech India advises our business clients to consider a phased cloud migration strategy. It is best to migrate in phases, starting with processes that are lower down on the mission-critical list. The teething problems can be sorted out at this stage so that more critical processes can be implemented at no risk.
2. Failure to ensure security and compliance
Data security is one of the biggest challenges of cloud computing. When migrating data to the cloud you are essentially expecting your provider to have security practices in place that will protect your data. Ask the questions regarding the encryption placed on data going and coming and where it will be stored. Security threats are becoming more sophisticated and it is essential to evaluate cloud providers that can customize security and have breach security notifications in place. GDPR regulation compliance is essential. However, security needs to be a responsibility of the business as well. It is important to work with an implementation partner vendor who can provide additional security features over those that are provided by the platform.
3. The cost of cloud migration
The cloud is cost-effective in the long run but the financial cost upfront for migrating business processes is understandably