Executing a smooth transition to the cloud requires a lot of planning and forethought. We’ll go over the biggest cloud migration challenges to be aware of while your business gets ready for migrating to the cloud.
What Are the Primary Obstacles to Cloud Migration?
Issues companies face before reaching out to JENLOR for help are:
- Lacking a well-defined strategy based on corporate goals
- Lack of understanding the entire spectrum of cloud infrastructures, leading to cloud sprawl
- Exceeding the budgeted amount
- Security flaws and catastrophic service outages
- Human mistakes and a shortage of the necessary abilities to run the new infrastructure
Create Your Cloud Migration Plan
The most frequent error that might keep you from effectively utilizing the cloud’s benefits is failing to have a defined business purpose or well-thought-out migration plan. Managers will occasionally come to us after spending some time working on migration but not being able to figure it out.
In this situation, we need to start over with the creation of the business goals and their migration strategy. Starting with a cloud migration plan makes it easier to go through the shift and prevents analysis paralysis later on.
This is particularly crucial because there are many options available for a cloud migration plan. From private, public, or hybrid cloud architecture, to deciding between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service, and more.
Gain Control Over the Cloud Migration Process’ Stages
Another frequent problem with cloud migration is cloud sprawl, which is the unchecked expansion of a company’s cloud instances, services, or suppliers. Because of cloud sprawl, your company is unable to have total centralized visibility and control over every aspect of its cloud architecture.
It’s impossible to have complete accountability for the resources being used. If your firm is juggling several cloud instances, services, or providers, there are several things you can do to implement unified management of all cloud services and keep yourself out of this predicament.
Before the migration to the cloud, the first stage entails conducting an IT function audit. Understanding present roles and business processes as well as how your organization will function following the migration are both dependent on this.
Maintaining this clear vision throughout each stage of the cloud migration is the next step and can help reduce cloud migration challenges from occurring. Additionally, it is beneficial to develop dashboards for visual accountability so you can monitor all cloud services and expenditures in one location.
Cost of Moving to the Cloud
With cloud sprawl, expenditures start to spiral out of control, and instances of the cloud keep appearing without a clear, intended reason. This frequently occurs, along with surpassing your initial budget.
Tracking these expenditures from the start and allocating them to particular cost areas within your company can help keep your cloud spending in check. It’s crucial to continuously monitor your costs and performance in order to calculate the ROI (return of investment) of your cloud migration and to decide whether the migration process was successful.
Questions About Cloud Security & Availability
Other frequent cloud migration difficulties that need to be addressed include security and availability. There are two main issues with infrastructure availability: availability at the component level (a single component or microservice can fail separately), and availability at the architectural level (failure of the entire environment).
As you go to the cloud, you must plan for availability and redundancy in the most crucial components.
Educate Staff Members About Your Cloud Solutions
A lack of employee training is one of the most frequently stated reasons for cloud migration failures. You should be aware that structuring IT operations in the cloud differs significantly from structuring the same operations in-house.
Ensure that your crew is on the same page and is equipped with the necessary abilities to manage the new infrastructure. Team training sessions or video tutorials are provided by the top cloud service providers. Your migration timeline should include time set aside for training and certifications.
JENLOR can assist you in creating and implementing a cloud migration strategy that meets your demands and aligns with your company’s goals. Contact us today to set up a consultation to help you avoid running into these cloud migration challenges.