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Tips for CIOs to Migrate to the Cloud
Increasing adoption of cloud-based IT infrastructures, the rise of social media, and a wide purview of using mobiles and IoT services lead organizations amassing huge and various quantities of data. Today organizations are considering shifting their entire data platforms to the cloud. Migrating to cloud reduces hardware cost, software maintenance, increases scalability and performance of applications.
CIOs (Chief Information Officer) play an integral role to develop a methodical plan that assesses everything from business processes and workflow to IT operations. CIOs should have a proper view about how the cloud initiatives import competitive advantages to the business without disrupting the business performance.
It is a meticulous task to execute a migration to the cloud for organizations. The migrating process needs accurate planning and thorough understanding of which workloads need to be migrated and which cloud is suitable for the migration. CIOs should determine the process of migration and the timing of it.
Following are some key considerations for migrating to the cloud:
Matching the right workload with an effective cloud option: CIOs should have the knowledge about private, public or hybrid cloud and migrate workload accordingly. CIOs should know where is the data stored and accessed from or what data compliance requirements are.
Cloud provider: CIOs should have ideas about cloud providers. They should check whether the providers are able to protect the company’s up-stack applications. They have to consider who will maintain the company’s cloud environment. Also, whether the company’s IT team has the expertise to maintain the cloud environment.
Cloud security: CIOs should have to consider their companies’ security requirements or whether the companies have specific compliance requirements. If there is any, CIOs have to ensure that providers facilitate compliance with the obligations. The cloud infrastructure must be secured while storing data in the cloud. If there is a plan to go with a third-party cloud provider, CIOs should check the terms of the security and safety of authentication and authorization.
Today digital technologies demand fast and flexible IT frameworks. Cloud is redefining the frameworks and working processes of organizations. The highly competitive business environment pushes organizations to move their assets to the cloud. CIOs should think of creating best practices that can be reused over time and will make cloud environments easier to maintain.