More and more businesses choose to embrace the cloud, which is proving to live up to the hype that surrounds it. There are many obvious benefits to using cloud infrastructure, but that doesn’t mean it is without risks. Luckily, there are several ways to minimise the risks involved in cloud migration and having a robust cloud migration strategy is integral to long-term success. Here are some top tips to help take the risk of cloud migration, avoid strategies that are a recipe for disaster:
Focus on Security
Before you begin your migration project, you must be clear about how you will ensure the process is secure and that any data you hold is protected and fully compliant with relevant local laws. Moving data will always pose a security risk, and any breaches could prove incredibly costly. Some of the security issues you could find yourself faced with include, but are not limited to, compliance violations, contractual breaches, insecure APIs, provider security issues, misconfigured servers, malware, external attacks, insider threats and accidental errors. Most of these issues can be avoided with proper planning prior to beginning your migration. A full risk assessment and proactive mitigation plan should be put in place before the migration process begins.
Create a Clear Cloud Migration Strategy
First and foremost, you should never begin any cloud migration without having a clear cloud migration strategy in place. Whether you opt for one cloud provider or choose to manage multiple cloud platforms, researching all of the options available to you and having a clear plan in place will minimise any heartache as the process evolves. You should have a plan in place for what to migrate to the cloud and what to leave on your on-premise data centres (financial records and sensitive data, for example, should not be migrated to the cloud.) Before jumping into a cloud migration project, ask yourself clearly: why am I migrating to the cloud? How will this benefit my business? How many providers will I need? Answering these questions will enable you to focus on your project and isolate your goals.
Prepare Your Architecture for Migration
One of the main sticking points that will slow down or even stall your cloud migration is if your existing architecture is complex, isn’t compatible with the cloud, or doesn’t have the relevant microstructures in place. After all, shifting an already complicated system is never going to be an easy process! You can minimise this risk by working with a team of IT specialists (either internally or externally) that can audit the infrastructure you already have in place, assess with of the architectural elements are interdependent, and then create core documentation that will make the existing system easy to access and understand. You may even need to redesign your in-house IT infrastructure to ensure that any inconsistencies are ironed out before the migration begins. By having this architectural preparation in place, the whole process should operate without a hitch.
It is clear here that planning and preparation are the key buzzwords in ensuring that your cloud migration is successful and runs as smoothly as possible.