In recent years, more and more companies are transitioning from on-premise solution to the cloud. So much so, according to Forbes Magazine, 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020.
While deploying workloads in the cloud offers companies a significant competitive edge, it also introduces enormous risks many enterprises are not aware of. To help you mitigate the risks in your cloud migration plans, we have compiled a list of common mistakes committed when companies shift to the cloud:
1) Assume All Clouds Are Created Equal.
Simply making the decision to “move to the cloud” just isn’t enough. Each cloud environment has its own set of pros and cons, and the best option for your business depends on your specific requirements. For example, you get to enjoy increased security with private cloud, but it will be harder to scale up or down. On the other hand, if you’re already invested in a vendor, it’s a better idea to work with a public cloud offering of the same vendor to ensure no hiccups during the cloud migration process.
2) Not Leveraging A Hybrid Cloud Model.
Even though the end goal is to have every application up and running in the cloud, some applications might not be ready for cloud environments yet. Therefore, a hybrid cloud environment is the better option in this case.
3) Assume That There’s An End Date To Your Move To The Cloud.
Always keep in mind that you’ll have to constantly tweak and optimize your cloud environment in order to enjoy the full benefits of the cloud environment.
4) Underestimating The Importance Of Internet Connection Speed.
Cloud computing is internet-based computing. This means that after you’ve moved your workloads to the cloud, employees will be relying heavily on high-speed internet connection to access files and get the job done. This generally wouldn’t be a concern to companies that are already subscribed to a fast-loading internet package, but traditional companies that are still using pen-and-paper for most of their operation might need to increase their bandwidth to accommodate the increase in web-based activities.
5) Assuming The Cloud Will Have No Impact On Security & Compliance Requirements.
You’ll most likely need a re-evaluation (and possibly redesign) of your cloud environment for your security requirements and compliance procedures.