Enterprises have migrated to the cloud for its numerous benefits, including a highly scalable infrastructure and a secure, cost-effective storage solution. But before diving deep into cloud technology, you need to be wary of these mistakes in the migration process.
Thinking that all clouds are created equal
It’s dangerous to assume that all cloud providers are the same when migrating your business applications to the cloud. All cloud providers offer virtual servers and storage, but different businesses need specific cloud functionalities that will fit their operations in terms of features, billing models, application, and network services.
For instance, you may have to choose between public, private, or hybrid cloud deployment, depending on the nature of your business and your budget. A private cloud offers greater security and control but less scalability. A public cloud is best if you want on-demand computing resources that a team of experts look after.
And if you want the best of both worlds, you can opt for a hybrid environment just like the 98% of businesses that are predicted to use it by 2021. With a hybrid cloud, you can store your most important files in a private cloud and run routine applications and workloads in a public cloud.
Getting rid of your old hard drive
What do businesses do with the stockpile of used data center equipment after migrating to the cloud? Usually, they toss their old hardware out or pay someone to get rid of it. According to Frank Muscarello, cofounder and CEO of IT hardware trading exchange MarkITx, the market for used IT computers and other gear is approximately $312 billion.
That’s why it’s a good idea to sell or trade your equipment at an IT hardware trading exchange instead of tossing them out. If you follow this tip, your enterprise can recoup some IT budget losses.
Doing too much or too little customization
The problem with stereotyping your cloud solutions is overly customizing an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) deployment — an instant cloud computing infrastructure that provides virtualized computing resources over the internet.
A single department runs a project, and the application team creates custom management processes, security policies, and service configurations that require special configuration beyond those covered by automated deployment scripts. This will lead to a customized environment that’s not applicable to the broader organization.
On the other hand, running your services on a generic virtual machine is another common mistake. You’ll miss some key advantages of the cloud if you keep things too simple. Other businesses do this because they want to avoid being stuck with a single provider in case the partnership doesn’t work in the long run.
However, moving from cloud to cloud can result in spending too much time reinventing your cloud environment and not being able to benefit from one of the chief advantages of using the cloud — high-value services that can instantly be created without deployment or management overhead.
Security should always be a top priority for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) moving to the cloud. When partnering with a cloud provider, you’re basically outsourcing the security of your entire infrastructure. That’s why it’s best to make sure that a provider’s security protocols are robust and in line with your internal policies before you hire them.
Conforming with established standards in cybersecurity can be difficult because every industry and state has different security requirements for user access and authorization, network traffic, and system and application configuration. These policies still apply when moving to the cloud.
Make sure that you have the best assistance from cloud providers to keep your data and systems safe before, during, and after cloud migration. If you want a seamless transition, partner with Integrated Technology Services. Our specialists create a secure and cost-effective migration strategy to safely transition all your on-premise data to a virtual platform. Call us today.