Cloud Computing: There’s Nothing to Be Afraid Of. Meeting the Challenges of A Cloud Migration
If you are considering moving your data and business applications to the cloud you might be grappling with any number of questions and concerns about the process; how will our business performance be impacted by the migration? Will the project cost more than expected? According to the 2017 Cloud Migration Report from CloudEndure, the top three concerns (challenges) facing companies that are planning a cloud migration are: minimizing downtime, staying on budget and impact on performance issues.
Let’s take a look at how these concerns can be addressed to make your cloud migration run as smoothly as possible.
Minimizing downtime. In 2014 Gartner found that network downtime translates to an average $5,600 per minute. The high cost of downtime is one reason why firms are often leery to move their most complex workloads to another platform, including the cloud.
As your organization migrates to a cloud-based infrastructure, it’s imperative that all IT systems and applications remain available during the move. But given all the complexities in a cloud migration project, it’s not easy to completely prevent, or minimize, downtime throughout the process. Your IT team should be able to account for data inconsistencies, monitor different software releases and examine network connections associated with them in order to be successful.
Utilizing a virtualized data backup system can protect your data and productivity throughout the migration process. You can also reduce your system downtime by breaking your cloud migration process down into manageable steps; start with the smallest, simplest applications to migrate and then work your way to the larger, more complex pieces. Make sure that your Cloud provider is simultaneously running both your on premise and cloud systems in parallel to make sure that no data or continuity is lost, and testing your systems constantly throughout the process.
Staying on Budget. Moving your business to the cloud is like relocating your office to a new space; it’s a process that requires planning, timing, and most importantly, budgeting. Unfortunately, many organizations go into a cloud migration without a plan for challenges that can hit your bottom line.
Whether you are moving assets to a private cloud or simply transferring your email system to Office 365, migrations are complex projects. The key to avoiding cost overruns is to have a plan for issues that can delay your migration and add working hours to the project. You need a detailed blueprint of what you hope to accomplish with the move and how to achieve those goals.
- First you need to decide what the migration will include. Email inboxes? Do you want to move all apps and processes, or should some things stay in the old environment? You also might weigh the pros and cons of transferring everything all at once or staggering the migration. Working through the Cloud readiness process may be tedious, but it is imperative if you want to maintain your budget plans.
- Expect the unexpected. Expect to have some compatibility issues within the infrastructure and understand that these issues may slow down the process and add costs in manpower and applications. Working with a cloud provider who prices the project not in hours but in a full project cost, is a way to protect yourself from escalating costs.
- Impact on Performance. Concerns about how your business applications and files will actually function within a cloud environment is to be expected. Will things run as smoothly and efficiently as you expect? The first step in maximizing your system’s performance in the cloud is simple: Make sure you have the fastest Internet speed available. Without fast, reliable bandwidth services you can expect to have ongoing performance issues, so make sure to upgrade your speed to enhance your productivity in the cloud. Another way to ensure that your performance and productivity expectations are met is to make sure that testing of each piece of the migration is done before going live.
A cloud migration project is never going to be stress-free, but making sure that your data is protected, creating a detailed migration plan, and upgrading your Internet speed will go a long way to putting you on the best path possible.
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