We all are aware of the numerous benefits that come with cloud migration. However, in the quest for these advantages and competitive upscaling, we tend to ignore the risks involved with cloud migration.
Let us have a look at these risks one by one –
Incompatibility of the Current Architecture
For a lot of organisations, the current IT architecture is very complex. This decreases the pace of migration, as there are changes to get started.
Recommended prevention methods: To align the architecture with your migration goals, you can hire a team of IT experts and let them optimize the architecture for you.
While dealing in a public cloud, visibility comes out to be one of the most critical risks associated with cloud migration. It has a direct impact on network efficiency and application performance.
Recommended prevention methods:
There are many third-party monitoring tools that can help you in this aspect. Some of the important factors for these tools are –
- Automated threat handling
- Efficient analytics integration
- Universal Monitoring
- Single integration for multiple warnings
In some cases, we might need apps and APIs that need quick response, as a delay of even a few seconds might affect the whole ecosystem.
Recommended prevention methods: This generally happens due to misconfigured Quality of Service and the geographical distance between the client and the server. To solve these –
- Distribute traffic flows.
- Offload the internet at the end.
- Localise and optimise the network.
- Enable multi-cloud level connectivity.
- Directly connect with business partners for online business or data exchanges.
Whenever we transfer the data from our server onto the cloud, it opens up the possibility of many security loopholes like attacks, internal threats, insecure APIs, etc. To tackle this problem, companies must be skilled enough to set up a proper security infrastructure.
Unnecessary Cloud Costs
Although most cloud providers have flexible plans, you may sometimes end up selecting inappropriate plans, leading to additional costs for unused components. Recognising the correct set of features is difficult.
Recommended prevention methods: To optimise the cloud costs associated with your transfer process, here are a few cost optimisation techniques –
- Look out for discounts.
- Underused instances take up a lot of costs. Hence, it is really important to delete as many underused instances as possible.
- Efficiently monitor every aspect of your workloads.
- Reserved cloud instances should be prioritised, and more expenditure should be spent on this.
- Auto-scaling is really important. Try to configure auto-scaling, right from the start.
- Identify costs in different regions and decide accordingly.
Improper Migration Strategy
Decisions like whether to go for a single provider for cloud storage or organise multiple platforms for customised cloud storage. Different strategies have different pros and cons. There might be a case that your infrastructure is not ready for migration yet. Try not to keep the client’s data on the public cloud. Any security issues will directly affect your organisation’s image. You should never take risks with some of the critical data; otherwise, it may cause problems.
Backing up the data is very important, including the files that you will be moving. If there is some problem or bug in the transfer process, it will be difficult to extract the data back from corrupted/deleted files. If you have a proper backup, all these issues can be easily handled.
Recommended prevention methods: Data loss can be caused by a security breach or even a small power outage. Hence, you can store the data on the server to restore any lost data easily. If you are using multiple cloud providers to serve your needs, you can also distribute an entirely separate duplicate of the data on different providers.
Now you know why cloud migration needs significant efforts and planning. But delaying your migration process will be very disadvantageous to your company.
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