Organizations are achieving success by reaping multiple benefits of cloud computing such as low cost, high performance, quick scaling, efficiency and much more. But before getting the real benefits of cloud, an organization has to first migrate to the cloud successfully. Although the benefits of cloud computing is a clear path to success, one has to overcome many cloud migration challenges.
Let’s get started with the top cloud migration challenges:
- Getting It Right : The major cloud providers AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud platform provides excellent Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). The services offered are just like building Lego blocks, where we have to combine the different services. However simple it might sound, getting things wrong is pretty easy in the beginning.
- People And Processes : People and processes are the biggest cloud migration challenges, who must change and adapt to the emerging new technologies. But, this takes time and thus limiting the effectiveness of cloud adoption. For a small business who are looking to deploy in the cloud can adapt and migrate to cloud with ease. Large enterprises will have a bunch of services which will take time to adapt and migrate.
- Strategy and Business Objectives : Cloud Migration strategy should be evaluated considering the current business objectives. Since there are many benefits to be gained from the cloud – cost-effective, performance, scalability, efficiency, etc. The organization should evaluate their IT infrastructure and come up with the cloud strategy. The organization will find it pretty hard to cope up with the downtime if they lack in evaluating of their on-premises data center.
- Psychological Barriers : People will always have a question in their mind before starting something new. Is the cloud environment secure than my internal on-premises data center? Will there be downtime? Will it be expensive than on-premises data center? The answers to such questions are always positive when it comes to cloud. Compared to traditional hosting, people can save up to 70% of hosting expenses and Cloud is much more secure. Their quick scalable feature offers no room for server crashes and downtime.
- Time, Security, and Cost : The most common challenges for any organization is time, security, and cost. Migrating data from the current on-premises data center to the cloud requires huge bandwidth and lot of man-hours. And Security is always a concern and most of the organizations are skeptical about the security provided by the cloud providers. Overcoming such concerns is the biggest challenge. The solution for this would be contacting Managed Service Providers, where they offer consultation and take care of migrating your data center to the cloud. Interpole Technologies houses certified engineers who offer exceptional Managed Services to organizations.
- Change in Management : Changing Management is one of the biggest challenges for any organization. The right management team should be able to help the business by making the right decision and make it through the migration for the benefit of the entire organization.
- Dependable Infrastructure : Before evaluating any computational or storage service, the owners of the business should consider whether their current infrastructure has enough space to house it. Once the organization becomes dependent on the cloud, they shouldn’t be worried about the infrastructure space.
- Accurate Estimation of the Cloud Cost : Most of the organizations that migrate to the cloud do not estimate the true cost of service accurately and this results in paying more than the expected cost. Although cloud providers show the cost in cents per service, organizations fail to multiply this value over the length of the month or a year. One can overcome this cloud migration challenge by evaluating the services used in their current on-premises data center, and using the services of cloud experts for cloud assessment and planning.
- Redesigning the Architecture of Cloud Services : The benefits of the cloud are high over on-premises and one has to be ready to redesign the infrastructure to deploy and run smoothly in the cloud. The issue arises when the migration team doesn’t want to make a single change or want to redesign the architecture to perfectly run with the cloud services. First, get the cloud services and then start redesigning the architecture over time.
- Translating Security Posture to the Cloud :The major cloud migration challenges are translating security posture to the cloud environment. Organizations shouldn’t mistake that the cloud provider will handle all the security aspects. While migrating to the cloud, companies should always obtain the third party reports – SOC 2, that attest to the security of the cloud provider.
- Determining Whether to Lease or Own : As companies migrate to the cloud for offline storage and retrieval to cloud-based processing, one should know that the fully leased prices per unit can be considerably higher over the life of the service than acquiring the unit. You will have to pay more if you want faster access.
- Connecting Legacy Systems with Cloud Applications : The biggest cloud migration challenge is connecting the Legacy system with the cloud-based application. For short-term to mid-term plans, a solution that can operate in the hybrid environment is essential and also the services from vendors that can support the company’s migration to the cloud.
InterPole was established in 1996 and has been engaged in web hosting, email, and management of IT infrastructure. InterPole pioneered with Virtual Private Servers in 2004 and Cloud Hosting in 2008. Over the years, InterPole has worked with over 6200 mid-sized businesses and startups, and have assisted them in their journey towards the adoption of modern technologies through the Internet. InterPole is a Standard Consulting Partner of Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. With this partnership, provides Managed AWS service and maintains a team of engineers who are trained and certified for the specific cloud platforms. These benefits companies in defining their cloud strategy and making a well-planned journey, reliably and cost-effectively.