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Challenges in Cloud Migration: What You Need to Know

The cloud has changed the IT landscape forever. It has catapulted innovation and transformed the way organisations do business. More and more organisations are moving to the cloud to achieve the scalability and flexibility it provides. However, cloud migration is not easy. Irrespective of the type of cloud service your organisation requires, the right strategy and tools can help make the shift as seamless as possible.

Let’s dive into a few of the challenges faced by organisations as they migrate to the cloud.

Lack of clear migration strategy
A common mistake while migrating to the cloud is having no clear objective or strategic migration plan. To avoid disruptions to business processes, conduct an organisation-wide IT audit to understand what business processes exist now and how moving to the cloud will impact them. Draft a clearly defined cloud migration strategy and take hold of key factors such as cost, security, and workload balance to ensure smooth sailing.

Less control over the stages of migration
To transition from traditional structures to the cloud seamlessly, it is imperative to have a clear view of each phase of the migration. If an organisation plans to have multiple cloud services and resources under its belt, it is harder to have full visibility. However, it is critical to monitor every stage of cloud migration to prevent network outages or data loss.

Cost of cloud migration
Keep your cloud spending in check by measuring your expenses from day one. This helps to assess the ROI of cloud migration. As the technology can be scaled up or down, an organisation can adjust its investment in cloud resources to suit business requirements. Keeping cloud migration cost-effective can help when it comes to making future decisions around the adoption of future technologies.

Downtime
When moving large amounts of data, there’s a high chance of network unavailability. If your data is not backed up, this could lead to irreversible data loss. To protect your data, create a temporary backup environment that can host critical applications. Remember that the temporary environment cannot hold peak user loads. Therefore, it is advisable to inform users of the limited capacity and expected unavailability.

Interoperability
Not all applications will be compatible with the cloud. Some applications might require minor tweaking, whereas others might require extensive rewriting. Interoperability shouldn’t be an issue if you choose a reliable cloud-based service provider that can meet your organisation’s unique needs.

Employee training for the cloud
At the early stages of cloud migration, expect your in-house IT teams to have limited skills and knowledge related to the new cloud environment. Educate your employees by including cloud training in your migration timeline. Moving to the cloud can make an organisation’s business process more agile and innovative, but it comes with challenges.

If you are looking to adopt cloud solutions without any hassle, ManageEngine offers IT management tools to ensure optimal performance of your IT infrastructure, including networks, servers, applications, endpoints, and more. ManageEngine has offices worldwide, including in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, India, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, China, and Australia, as well as 200+ global partners to help organisations tightly align their business and IT.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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