Moving over to the cloud…

Cloud migration is inevitable, given to the increasing awareness of its multiple benefits for increasing the profitability and efficiency of an enterprise. Regardless of which cloud computing model is used – private, public, hybrid or the mix of two or more of these models, about two thirds of the current tech industry is now using the cloud technology for its business operations. In a recent survey, a whopping 56% of the businesses are planning to move their resources to the cloud.

Sure, the cloud offers innumerable benefits including but not limited to, high efficiency, simpler administration, minimize resources, lower project costs, ease of access, and powerful management. But the organizations will reap these benefits, only when they complete their cloud migration. And this process is easier said than done. Businesses often feel fraught with many challenges such as outdated technology, poor management, lack of experience, poor planning, and more.

It is better to know the possible challenges before a company starts its cloud migration as it will help helm them devise the prefect solution to these challenges. So here’s the list of top challenges faced during the process of cloud migration.

1. Quest for the right method

Doing things the right way the first time around can put a lot of pressure on the whole team. If you’re moving to Heroku or any other platform-as-a- service (PaaS), things can turn out just right. However, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) such as Azure, Google Cloud and AWS are a bit tricky to work with. There are ton of ways to use these blocks in cloud migration, and no single right way. If you lack expertise in cloud migration, then platform-as-a- service (PaaS) is the right choice for you.

2. Change in resources and people

Apart from the latest technology, it is imperative to use the resources and people who are willing to change as per the changing business scenario and technology. Just upgrading the system will not do wonders for many businesses, until the people of those business are not willing to make the most of this updated technology. The change is permanent, but the process of change definitely takes time. Any recent start-up will adopt the cloud technology easier than a tech giant which is used to on-premise resources for many decades now.

3. Defining a set objective and strategy

The cloud offers a myriad of business benefits such as flexibility, performance, cost, utilisation, agility and digital transformation and so on. The list of benefits of cloud migration is as long as you want it to be. But the key to successful cloud migration is deciding what exactly you want to happen to your business with cloud migration. Deciding your business objectives will help you to move the cloud migration with the right strategy. When a business identifies its goals, it is halfway there to achieve them.

4. Overcoming the psychological challenges

Change is often times challenging. Migrating your processes and resources to the cloud will bring many questions to your mind. Will your data be safer in the cloud as compared to on-premise servers? Will the cloud service provider stand up to my expectations? Will their technical support team be available in case of an urgent issue? The answer to all such questions is a “Yes”!

5. Managing time and staying safe

Time and security are probably the most common and the biggest challenges while moving your data, processes and resources to the cloud. Cloud migration is not as quick a process as it seems. Despite careful planning and time management, cloud migration takes a lot of man hours and time bandwidth.  Moreover, companies are often worried about the security of their data and information which is moved recently on the cloud. This apprehension might slow down the process longer. But there is a big advantage to this process as well. Managed cloud services offer advantageous pricing as compared to storing data and services on-premises.

6. Mismatching cloud workloads

Hearing all the benefits of cloud technology can easily excite you to upgrade to this new tech as quickly as possible. This excitement might also result in upgrading to the cloud more than needed. You may migrate more resources, data and information on the cloud than your team can effectively manage. Sure, cloud technology is a good thing for your business but stay mindful of upgrading only those services and resources to the cloud that you can control. Properly plan your workloads and choose the right cloud service provider.

7. Evaluating the costs explicitly

Utility based pricing is one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing. Pricing for cloud services places an upper hand on the in-house manged services. However, companies often times fail to calculate the accurate pricing for cloud services and the final bill comes as a shocker. It is best to start calculating the cost for least used resources and then move up your calculations to the most used resources. This way, you would also be able to see where your business is saving the most with the use of cloud computing.

8. Dilemma of the right architecture

Cloud migration can come as overwhelming or as a complete challenge for companies. In the first case, migration team might decide for a complete redesigning of the architecture and for the latter case, the team might decide to not change a single thing. Both these scenarios can cause serious issue in the cloud migration process and jeopardize your whole cloud migration budget. The best approach is to set the top priority of moving to the cloud and then making gradual changes in the cloud architecture to meet your specific business needs.

9. Managing the process

Cloud migration is a big decision in itself. Just like every other big IT project, cloud migration also needs experienced and well thought out management. The right management personnel and their careful planning of the cloud migration process will help the whole organization and get it done quickly. A business cannot depend on its cloud service provider for every single decision of the process.