5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Migrating to the Cloud
by Marisa Vesel, on Jan 7, 2020 11:40:00 AM
Many organizations are transitioning away from a self-managed infrastructure to a cloud-based solution, which can introduce concerns over cost, security, and ease-of-migration. More worrisome, some organizations are not taking all necessary precautions to make sure their cloud migrations are as successful as possible. Here are 5 common mistakes that organizations should avoid when migrating to the cloud.
No Cloud Migration Strategy Created
Organizations can sometimes find themselves over-eager to migrate to the cloud. There may be a push within the organization to migrate to the cloud as fast as possible, causing data to be moved without a plan. However, without a formal cloud migration strategy, organizations can find themselves facing unnecessary consequences.
Migrating to the cloud without a strategy in place is both timely and costly to the organization. When things go wrong, this requires both people and money to remedy the issue. Additionally, with no plan, resources have not been efficiently managed. This will also cause unexpected time and cost needs to creep up.
Most importantly, migrating to the cloud without a plan often means that security was overlooked. When data is being transferred, protecting its integrity should be of utmost importance. When proper protection is not put in place, this leaves the organization vulnerable to data breaches.
Lacking Complete Understanding of Organization Networks and Infrastructure
Before migrating to the cloud, it is important that organizations fully understand how their assets work together. When organizations fail to create a full map of their infrastructure and networks, they will lack an understanding of how different systems and data need to work together to function and deliver failure. This is consequential for a couple reasons.
First, each cloud solution provider has unique attributes. When organizations do not fully understand what they and their data need in a provider, they are unable to fully compare providers. This can cause providers to be use that are not necessarily the right fit for the company.
Additionally, when organizations migrate their data without a full understanding, this can cause breaks in the systems that can negatively impact consumers. Additionally, some crucial data can fall through the cracks and end up not being migrated at all. Parts of the infrastructure relying on the data will then break or not perform their functions correctly, leading to additional costs for the organization and additional frustrations for the users.
Not Researching Various Solutions
When organizations are considering migrating the cloud, they may not realize just how many cloud solution providers exist. Not only that, but organizations have the option between private clouds, public clouds, and hybrid clouds solutions. Some organizations even opt for multi-cloud strategies!
All this can be overwhelming for organizations to consider. However, it is extremely important that organizations thoroughly research their options in order to find the correct fit for them. This ensures that organizations are able to find a provider that meets their needs and can best keep the integrity of their data.
To get started with finding a proper cloud solution, organizations need to consider several factors including security & compliance needs, cost, support, and architecture needs. By establishing a list of necessary criteria, organizations can better choose solutions that work best for them.
Migrating all Data at Once
Organizations should never migrate all their data at once. Cloud migrations can take months, or even years, depending on the amount of data that needs to be transferred. When organizations migrate all their data at once, or too quickly, this can cause breaks in the infrastructure and loss of critical data.
Often, when organizations migrate data all at once, they have failed to create a “proof-of-concept" or minimal viable cloud that would provide insight into what the organization needs from a cloud solution provider and how it would best need to migrate its data.
Additionally, migrating data all at once can cause crucial data to be missed during the transfer. A proper cloud migration should be completed in strategies, with the least critical data being transferred first in order to ensure that the migration can be successful. If critical data is transferred too early in the process, this can cause breaks in the infrastructure or breaches of crucual data.
Forgetting about Cloud Security Tools
All organizations know that security is important in avoiding data breaches and hacks. Additionally, a lack of security tools implemented into cloud infrastructure can leave organizations vulnerable to configuration drift, resulting in organizational downtime.
Adding an extra layer of security can help protect organizations and ensure the integrity of their data. Many cloud solution providers inherently provide security, but there are several cloud monitoring and management tools that can help organizations better understand their infrastructure, costs, and alert them of any security issues.
Migrating to the cloud is a lot for organizations to take on, but it doesn’t have to be hard. By taking the time to complete the necessary steps before migrating, organizations set themselves up for CloudOps success by reducing risks associated with migrating. For further reading, check out our articles: Best Practices for CloudOps Success and How to Mitigate Cloud Security Risks.
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