Moving your IT Infrastructure to Cloud: 6 Factors to Consider

According to a 2017 McAfee report, 93% organizationscurrently use cloud services. The report also shows that 49% respondents in asurvey are taking it slow with cloud migration as they don’t have cybersecurityskills. Moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud is no small feat and beforereaching out to a cloud service provider, you need to consider some big factorsas the ones below:

Consider the App

Takestock of your IT inventory and consider the data or app you want to move to thecloud. It’s best to avoid moving legacy apps and critical data to the publiccloud, especially, if your organization has multiple dealings in the G2Csector, where data compliance standards are high.

Instead,for such apps, you can consider hybrid or private clouds, which provide thesecurity of on-site servers with the flexibility of cloud computing. This isbecause unlike hybrid or private cloud, public cloud has users sharingresources.

Check for HiddenExpenses

Oneof the main factors why businesses are making a beeline for the cloud is itscost efficiency. The hardware expense is minimal and it frees up your IT staffto take care of more urgent matters at hand.

Movingapps that use legacy enterprise hardware, however, can be more expensive as thebandwidth cost might be higher. You need to calculate additional expenses suchas those for network and bandwidth while calculating the total cost so thatthere’s no chance of any hidden expenses springing a nasty surprise on you!

Choose Your Type

Usingpublic clouds like the ones from Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google AppEngineis cost-efficient. However, since it’s a shared environment, where multipletenant apps use the same resources, maintaining high data compliance standardsis not always feasible.

Privateclouds are more secure than public or hybrid clouds and more expensive. Theseare generally deployed by large-scale organizations, which seek the scalabilityand flexibility of a cloud infrastructure without giving up their control ofthe data.

Ahybrid cloud connects a public and private cloud such that both retain theirindividuality with some overlapping touchpoints. Many organizations opt forhybrid as it offers best of both worlds. However, with hybrid clouds,compatibility across the 2 levels of infrastructure can be an issue. Also,there’s a chance of data loss during transfer between the clouds.

Realign YourStrategy

Whenan organization stores data locally, it’s governance strategy focuses mainly oninternal security and control. When it shifts the data into the cloud, theresponsibility for data security also gets shifted largely to the serviceprovider. An organization should change its governance strategy to focus lesson internal security and more on what the provider has to offer.

Thisis critical for ensuring the data is in safe hands. Also, before taking anyservice provider on board, make sure their certifications are updated.

Be Ready forCloud-to-Cloud Migration

Cloudmigration might also refer to migration between public and private clouds.Cloud-to-cloud migrations are complex and time-consuming. There are somethird-party tools that can help in the transfer but no single tool.

Migrationfrom one provider to another would mean testing all your apps and configuringnetworks, operating systems and virtual machines accordingly. Keep in mindcloud-to-cloud migration would need considerable time, when you initiate it.

Migration Game Plan

Someorganizations choose to move their IT cloud at one go and this can be risky, sinceit’s unchartered territory and some of the apps might not work in the newenvironment.

Whatmany organizations do is to migrate bit by bit, starting with data and appsthat are not critical. Once the shift is complete, the next factor to consideris disposing of the leftover hardware. Repurposing is often the best way to goabout it.

Onceyou’ve wrapped your head around all the factors, it’s time to get on board areliable and competent service provider. This is where we come in. Cloud++ from WS is a complete packagethat manages all your pain points. With expert consulting, experiencedengineers and certifications from the leading cloud platforms, Cloud++ is theone-stop solution for all your cloud computing needs.

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