Although cloud computing once installed and running is a life saver, getting to that point is a bit difficult for most adopters. The migration process is dependent on various factors which make the process easier. Some factors are discussed below.
FREMONT, CA: If enterprises are planning to make the jump to cloud computing, a strategy for the migration process is the most essential step that needs to be taken. Considering the challenges the businesses face during cloud migration, a brief list of 6 common factors are mentioned below:
Planning Cloud Migration Strategy:
Cost analysis, employee training, projected downtime, and a time factor needs to be considered in strategizing for the migration. The time required needs to be given extra attention as the shift may take up to months depending on the size and service opted.
Breaking Down Migration into Stages:
The general practice is to start the process of migration with non-essential data to test the waters and break the shift into several stages. This is continued until the orientation of operations in the cloud is carried out for the employees. No damage will be caused in case of mishandling of data.
The cloud is factually cost-effective when considered for the long term, but the process of migration can be expensive as it depends on the volume of data to be moved. The finances involved should not affect the decision of migration to the cloud solutions, but it should be considered to as it is a factor which also involves the training and rewriting or replacing the data in a form compatible with the cloud infrastructure.
Training Employees to Handle Cloud Solutions:
It is vital to train the employees to utilize the technology before introducing it into the company. By making sure all the stakeholder and employees are on board, the integration of any new technology becomes easier.
Preventing Cloud Vendor Lock-In and Security Breaches:
Choosing the correct vendor for the company is of the utmost importance. The security and vendor lock-ins are a problem adopters face while migration if the vendors aren’t chosen correctly. It is necessary to consider the cloud goals to be achieved and vendors who support the same goals. It is best if Service-level agreements (SLAs) are discussed and agreed upon.