Top 4 Post Cloud Migration Risks to Look For
Migration to the cloud has a number of benefits, but there are also quite a few risks to consider. Check out the top 4 risks to be aware of here.
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For companies considering their first cloud migration, there are a lot of factors that you’ll want to consider — from the benefits and the risks to the cloud service model and type that is right for your business. Once the migration has been successfully completed, you need to make sure that everything is working well and all these key metrics are ensured post-migration:
Were you able to transfer all the data?
Are the internal components able to communicate optimally?
How is the monitoring of the app in the cloud going?
Whether the app is accessible to all?
Migrating a workload into a cloud environment is only part of the challenge and many risks attend the move. Some can be prevented, and others can be prepared for. Below are a few post-cloud migrations risks that business leaders should take into consideration.
Risk 1: Lack of Visibility of Cloud Performance and Use
Often IT loses a sight of performance and system utilization on cloud systems not because they're unable to get the information, rather there is a lack of plan for how to get it and how to use it. The focus on migrating to the cloud is more intense than the focus on managing ongoing operations in the cloud.
Risk 2: Security Policies Out Of Sync With The Cloud Environment
Having an apt security set up at the time of migration is a crucial step. However, if IT fails to incorporate audit and maintenance of each security environment into their regular change management processes and systems, they will inevitably see their various cloud and on-premises environments drift apart. Thus, this leaves the organization at risk of falling out of compliance and increases the risk of compromise.
Risk 3: Poor Understanding Of Cloud Environment
If the IT team doesn't understand how data flows out of a system they are moving to the cloud, they can wind up facing the cloud migration risk of unexpectedly driving up costs. It's crucial to note that data flowing in is free and data flowing out costs. The same workload onboarding process that can help identify opportunities to adapt a workload to run efficiently in the cloud should also map out what other systems the application runs in to better understand where and how much data will need to leave the cloud environment and how much it will cost. Once all these are sorted, IT can then decide how to mitigate the risk of ballooning costs.
Risk 4: Legacy Architecture Adds Cost
Research suggests on an avg 40% of an enterprise IT workload still run in a private data center, many companies have simply migrated all to cloud as fast as we can. The reason being that some want to empty a leased data center or shut down and repurpose an owned one, whereas others make the move because they assume they should be in the cloud and just thought they needed to get it over with. The situation inevitably turns into adopting a "lift-and-shift" strategy for many workloads, which means no attempt to adapt the workload to the cloud. As a result, systems running on the same number of virtual machines they did in the data center with the same workload costing several times as much to run in the cloud as it did in the data center.
It is no secret that cloud migration is daunting and is fraught with risks and dangers. However, it is important to have a solid migration strategy and once the migration has been successfully completed
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