Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful Cloud Migration part: 2
3: Planning for a single cloud migration:
Once an organization has committed to transitioning to the cloud, they want to do everything at once. Don’t do this.
Many businesses have a hybrid model to ease the transition from a business and tech perspective, we always recommend phasing your cloud deployment. By migrating specific bits of data in stages, you can ensure your enterprise becomes familiar with your provider’s cloud solutions as you go. We recommend migrating non-essential or test data first. You can then progress to business-critical and sensitive data by minimizing any risk.
Now’s a good time to review what applications need to be migrated against those you can replace. Essential software can be transitioned but if there’s a creaky old custom-built CRM system on your server, you may want to have a rethink, potentially configuring new software ahead of the infrastructure’s full deployment and testing, using interim resources to allow this.
A road map is key to every successful deployment. Cloud brings it with new systems and software that affect workflow. This in turn requires team training and communication which you need to factor into the plan. Iterating the change is key.
4: Neglecting cloud security:
Data security needs to be front and center of your cloud migration strategy. We’ve seen businesses overlook the need to protect their data throughout their transition as well as those so concerned about sensitive customer data, it delays their cloud migration completely. Think innovatively and strategically to manage this, review both the data security benefits and disadvantages to navigate the transition.
For instance, when transitioning sensitive data, we’ll look at segregating customer’s servers to ensure compliance with audited infosec. Consider what the implications are of data hosted in private, hybrid or private cloud, work closely with your cloud partner to assess the most seamless option.
5: Future-proof your strategy:
We see this time and time again, a failure to look to the long-term and ensure your solution is future-proofed. The recent COVID-19 crisis is a case in point, businesses that wanted their cloud service on-premises to maintain control, have close oversight and avoid sending their people to other sites found that the opposite is true. Looking ahead, as we plan for future black swan responses, it’s hard to justify why a flexible, scalable hybrid cloud deployment won’t be part of that. You get the benefits of managed environment, dedicated or shared hosting provider and outsourced support that means your business can operate at the level it needs to.
The crisis has been a lesson in staying ahead of the curve while talking about the cloud deployment. Having the option to ramp up capacity has been the difference in being able to run your organization or not. Look for partners who can design solutions that make future-compatibility of infrastructure possible. This will ensure the resilience and stability is in place to drive your business growth over the long- term.
And, planning around these pitfalls will support the security, reliability and performance of your solution, so you don’t have to play catch-up in the future.
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