As cloud computing services continue to take over various industries, many companies are well on their way to migrating to cloud services as a faster and more efficient way of information exchange for their organisations. Gone are the days when in-house servers are the leading form of data storage. Now, thousands upon thousands of companies are making the switch just because of the many benefits cloud computing provides. However, during the migration process, there will sometimes be some mistakes that are made, that could cost your business some time and even resources. The following is a list of some of those cloud migration mistakes you should avoid at all costs.
Migrating All at Once
In your effort to initiate migration as soon as possible, sometimes moving all your data at once may seem like a great idea. However, this could cause a lot of headaches on your end, especially if you don’t have a concrete plan for migration. Cloud migration can be a complex process in itself. It’s not just a simple copy and paste of information. Depending on the size of your organisation and the amount of data being migrated, the time for a successful migration can vary a lot.
Migration involves a couple of phases and isn’t usually done all at once. The first ones to go are test data, which are non-essential data. This is to see if there will be problems during the migration. Once this is done, only then can you proceed in transferring critical data. The reason why migration is carried out in phases is to make sure there is no data loss during the transfer.
Unfamiliar Cloud Formats
Cloud migration doesn’t just involve the transfer of data from your server to the cloud, it can also be from one cloud to another. The problem when this happens is, not all cloud platforms function similarly, which can make migration difficult. You need to keep in mind that cloud platforms all have their own unique features and functionalities. It’s important to consider this so you know that there may be some incompatibility between data stored in the old cloud and the new cloud environment. Reconfiguring data before migration requires familiarisation with the new cloud environment. Hence it is recommended that one get to know the new cloud well enough beforehand.
Speaking of reconfiguring, it is recommended that any data you wish to transfer, either it’s from your in-house server or from a different cloud environment, needs to be reconfigured first. This is to make sure that your data will suit the new cloud environment. There’s also the possibility that your hardware or your organisation’s computing capabilities may not be built to support the new cloud service. These factors will need to be considered before the actual migration can be started or you risk spending a lot of money correcting the mistake.
This is just a short list of the most common cloud migration mistakes most organisations face. While there are obviously other issues to be aware of, the important thing is you must do your research and develop a concrete plan before initiating any migration efforts. That way, you minimise the risks of committing any costly mistakes. It’s also recommended to hire quality IT consultants to help you with the migration.
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