More and more IT teams across different organizations are considering cloud seriously; close to 43% agree to switch to cloud services in the next 3 to 5 years. In SolarWinds’ 2016 IT Trends Report, 92% of IT professionals agreed cloud services are important; 26% believe this to be fairly crucial. At the same time, 60% also mentioned that they will never be migrating to cloud entirely!
A complete 100% dedication to cloud may not be an ideal scenario for most organizations currently. Hybrid IT, which is an approach to manage in-house services with cloud benefits, will gain better profits for organizations.
Some of the benefits of Hybrid IT include:
- Increased infrastructure agility and flexibility
- Infrastructure cost reduction
- Reduced infrastructure maintenance
- Redeployment of resources to business critical activities
In spite of these benefits, there are some barriers and challenges that organizations face during the adoption of cloud services. One of the most colossal obstacles being “Security”.
Listed below are some of the other apprehensions for cloud migration:
- Choice of Cloud – Private, public and hybrid clouds each have some specific benefits of their own. It is important to know which one best suits the business needs. While the public cloud model provides high scalability and the private cloud model offers better on-premise control, the hybrid approach mixes both by catering to higher dependency and greater flexibility.
- Protection of Data and Network – Many cloud service providers claim strong security methodologies but at times, huge IT firms might count upon the prevailing techniques when it comes to colossal data centers. Although the technology to secure cloud computing theoretically exists, maintaining consistent protection of those workloads often requires unique innovative measures.
- Creating a Prototype – While moving towards cloud migration, it is necessary to take a blueprint of technicalities such as cloud setup, application re-engineering, resource availability, security systems, etc. Several facets like shared database, OS migration and optimal configuration of virtualized environment must be analyzed for a balanced performance.
- Observing service levels – Apart from creating the prototype, enterprises should ensure that the level of service offered by a particular cloud-based application is correlative to current service standards. Basic assistance levels like application performance, security, privacy and regulatory compliance must not be compromised.
- Planning and Execution – All migrations must be planned meticulously to ensure that all environment parameters are considered and the design take care of the non-functional requirements.
- Knowing the cost and applications – Before moving to the cloud, IT needs to be conscious of the operational cost and the role of the applications during this process. Understanding which applications and systems that are the perfect fit for migrating to the cloud is the most cost-effective step for the first stage of the migration process.
- Data Confidentiality – Organizations start cloud adoptions with non-critical systems. And over time as the teams are comfortable with the new environment they can then move over the critical systems. By taking this approach, organizations are ensuring the safety of their critical systems and essential data. Doing this will not only keep your data secure but consolidated as well.
- Exit Plan – There is a strong possibility that enterprises might opt to move out of the cloud space because of certain reasons. So, keep an exit strategy in place so as to prepare from substantial forfeiture.
A sound cloud migration strategy acts as a guide or checklist to unplanned expenses, especially the unexpected ones, as well as the migration’s effect on the enterprise.
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