Posted by Indusa Admin on March 10, 2016 8:21 am
As more and more businesses discover the benefits of transitioning to the cloud, such as high flexibility, low operational costs, and improved performance and resiliency, the world is experiencing a paradigm shift in the way businesses operate and provide services. With the hype around cloud services, many organizations across the globe are taking initiatives to migrate to the cloud immediately. While there is no denying the fact that cloud services can be tremendously beneficial, a one-size-fits-all strategy doesn’t work across different industries, business sizes, and geographies.
The Pitfalls to Avoid
Migrating to the cloud is often touted as a cakewalk. But migrating to the cloud comes with its own set of challenges, including finding the right cloud vendor, migrating critical legacy systems, and determining how to best manage cloud resources. If you are considering making the shift, it’s important to ensure you avoid common pitfalls in order to tread the ideal path to reach “cloud nine”:
Deficient Due Diligence:
Blindly following the cloud bandwagon without carrying out proper due diligence can result in a catastrophe. Failing to thoroughly research a cloud technology or provider before embracing it could result in huge costs and effort losses, in addition to disastrous operational processes and poor employee morale. To avoid such scenarios, map out your strategy and plan for the unexpected. Carefully assess your current IT infrastructure, future needs, and usage requirements to see which cloud service is right for you.
Being Oblivious to Indirect Costs:
One of the first considerations to move to the cloud is investment. While license costs contribute to a major chunk of the entire cloud investment, other indirect costs such as migration, hardware, resource consumption, post implementation support, and training costs also need to be accounted for. A budget deficit can result in the migration being scrapped mid-way, causing financial losses, and a plunge in efficiencies.
Poor Setting of Expectations:
If you believe that once you’ve migrated to the cloud, your business performance will skyrocket immediately, then you may be in for a surprise. Some applications, such as legacy systems, require much more time, attention, and performance-tuning compared to applications and networks that are easier to migrate and deploy and eventually take longer to perform optimally on the cloud.
Overlooking Geographical Dispersion:
Enterprise applications may run within a single geographic region or from multiple locations across the globe. It is always good to explore the geographic implications of your cloud architecture, and assess how applications on the cloud across multi-location offices will be catered to.
Ignoring Technical Aspects:
While a concrete cloud migration strategy can simplify the transition process, you still need to think through a number of deeper aspects, including governance, execution, application design, and more. With an array of third-party tools available, it’s important to recognize those that best meet your migration needs.
Whether you are migrating from an on-premises environment to the cloud or from one cloud to another, the path to cloud computing can be cumbersome and risky. Enterprises often struggle with risks including security and compliance, concerns, unexpected budget overshoots, poor performance, availability, and data protection issues. Properly spelled-out mitigation strategies that are optimized to address a variety of information security, availability, and management challenges are key to successful migration.
Migrating Everything to the Cloud:
Not all business applications benefit from migrating to the cloud. You must determine which apps are best suited to a cloud environment. Manufacturers would prefer to have their product lifecycle management and inventory management systems on the cloud; for distribution firms having their warehouse management systems and transportation management systems on the cloud fits the bill.
Not Choosing the Right Cloud:
Each cloud type offers distinct services, and comes with a unique set of strengths and shortcomings. A private cloud, for instance, may offer greater flexibility but less scalability. A public cloud, on the other hand, may help reduce your operational expenditure, but might not offer high security for your business critical applications. Check which cloud type will suit your business the best and scrutinize the pros and cons of your decision.
Poor In-House Expertise:
While your cloud service provider is bound to have an experienced team of cloud technology experts, having cloud expertise within your organization is of paramount importance as well. In-house tech experts help ensure that the cloud platform delivers suitable computing power. Such experts can help supplement your business’s cloud strategy and ensure it is optimally managed and controlled to maximize the potential of the cloud matching the peculiarities of your organization.
When businesses migrate their most essential applications to the cloud, they often fail to check how those apps will perform in their new environment. For instance, apps running on an in-house data center may have access to all of your computing resources. But as soon as you move them to the cloud, the same apps might share resources with other apps hosted on the cloud. It’s advisable to tweak your apps to run optimally in the cloud. Detailed steps surrounding end-to-end testing should be an integral part of your migration strategy.
Despite obstacles, cloud migrations bring significant rewards. It’s crucial to consider all possibilities – good and bad. To help smooth a typically uneven path, craft a prudent migration strategy, assess risks and plan for surprises. Innovation and agility, and not cost, are the biggest benefits of a successful cloud migration strategy. As you contemplate the risks and benefits of cloud migration, it is important to acknowledge that cloud migrations are not an all-or-nothing scheme. You need not migrate all your applications and infrastructure to the cloud to realize benefits. In most cases, it makes more sense in implementing a hybrid strategy and move only a handful of services to the cloud while continuing to operate others on-premises.
When transitioning to the cloud, be prepared to overcome the storms!
About the Author – Neha Kumar
Neha Kumar is a digital media evangelist and marketing professional. She overlooks Indusa’s content management, social media, online events, email marketing, blogs, digital campaigns, lead generation and inside sales activities on a broader scale.
Contibuting Author: Malavika Nityanandam