How to Deal with Tough Challenges in Cloud Migration


Cloud computing has enabled businesses to use the power of the internet to access applications and data from any location. A cloud is an attractive option for many companies because it costs less, offers more flexibility, and enables scalability. However, migrating to the cloud can present some challenges that you must be prepared for before making this move. 

Cloud migration is not easy. If you are thinking of migrating your data to the cloud, there are a number of challenges that you will need to overcome. In this article, we will discuss some of the challenges when it comes to migration in cloud computing and how they can be dealt with effectively.

Uncertain Migration Financial Costs

If you are unsure of how much your migration will cost, it can be difficult to determine whether or not the savings that come with cloud computing outweigh the costs. Cloud computing is more expensive in some cases than on-premise servers and traditional data storage. Thus, it is advisable to Implement a hybrid solution that uses both off-site resources and onsite resources.  

Migrating to the cloud may be more cost-effective if you are currently using a small number of servers. However, if your company has not found it beneficial in the past to use off-site computing or data storage, and you have already made significant investments into an on-premise infrastructure for your servers and storage, it may not make sense to migrate.

If your company is already using a small number of servers and does not have much data stored onsite, it could be cheaper to use the cloud since you will only need access to more computing power when necessary. Otherwise, you should ensure the following:

  • Make sure that you plan out all of the costs 
  • Be prepared to invest in on-premise infrastructure   
  • Identify the costs of your new cloud infrastructure   
  • Evaluate how much you will save in comparison to these costs 
  • Consider investing in hybrid solutions which use both on-premise and off-site resources if this is a better deal for your company

Dealing with challenges such as uncertain financial costs will take careful planning, preparation, and analysis. 

Cultural Concerns

One major challenge that you will face with cloud migration is a cultural one. Employees may feel like they are losing control of their data and applications when these become accessible from the internet, which can lead to resistance towards the move to the new system. Thus, it is important to have an open dialogue about how this change will benefit your business and reassure employees that their data will be secure.

Company-Wide Cloud Adoption Resistance

While many businesses are ready to migrate everything they do into the cloud, others may have some employees who aren’t on board yet. This can cause a significant amount of stress for your management team and IT personnel since there will be resistance from within the organization. The best way to deal with such challenges of cloud computing is to work with your team to determine the best course of action. 

Vendor Lock-In 

One of the biggest fears for many companies when considering a move is being “locked-in” to their provider and not having any other options if things go wrong or they find another service that would work better for them. However, you can alleviate this fear by letting employees know that you are going to do your research upfront so this doesn’t happen. You should also let them know what software and hardware are compatible with the cloud provider and how their files can be exported in case they need them later.

Vendor lock-in is the dependency on a particular service or product that makes it difficult to switch to another vendor. It can be especially dangerous in cloud computing because you are using your applications and data via the internet, which means there’s no hardware for backup purposes like on-premise servers. If you end up with some issues that affect your ability to access the cloud, it can be difficult and time-consuming to migrate back on-premise.

Knowing this risk, you want to take steps in advance of migration so that you are not stuck with a service provider once they lock in your business. Look closely at all features and functionality when making your final decision and make sure you are prepared to live without the features that aren’t available on your current service.

When making the switch, have a clear idea of how much time it will take for all employees in your company to be able to use their applications and data from any location at any time. This can help you plan ahead and take any necessary steps to ensure the process is smooth. For example, develop a plan for those who need training before going remote or building redundancy into your system, so you have options should one access method fail.

Knowing the potential problems with cloud computing will help make sure that all goes smoothly when moving your business to the cloud. This will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of this technology.

Difficulty of Migrating 

Migrating to the cloud is a significant project that can take time and resources. This means you may need your employees’ help, particularly those in IT or custom software development who will be able to use their expertise with new technology. 

In this case, you don’t want them spending too much of their time on this, however, so you should let them know that there is a finite window of time when they will need to help. You may also want to incentivize their participation by offering bonuses or some other reward for participating in the project.

Not Having a Cloud Migration Strategy

If you do not have a plan and strategy before making a move to the cloud, then. If your employees aren’t aware of what they are supposed to do when they get certain alerts or notifications from applications that have moved to the cloud, it could cause some problems. Make sure everyone involved knows where data has been moved to and how. Your employees should have a clear idea of what is expected when they get certain alerts or notifications.

Not having an updated inventory list will cause problems during cloud migration because you won’t know where all your data has been moved to, which could be lost. Make sure everyone involved knows where data has been moved to and how. Your employees should have a clear idea of what is expected when they get certain alerts or notifications.

Data Security and Compliance Risks   

Challenges of cloud migration can include everything from data security and compliance risks to system availability. When you move your applications and data into the cloud, how will it be protected? The company that hosts your information needs to have strong security measures in place (like firewalls) as well as a comprehensive backup and recovery plan.    

If your company is subject to any regulations or compliance standards, like HIPAA, you should make sure that the cloud hosting provider has experience dealing with those types of requirements. After that, you can put a comprehensive security program in place for you. However, if they don’t deal with these kinds of challenges regularly, you may end up spending more time and money trying to get them compliant than it would have cost you to stay in the house.    

Final Thoughts

The best way to avoid problems with cloud computing migration is by asking yourself some simple questions. If you can answer these, it should be easier for you to determine whether or not migrating would benefit your business and if there are any specific obstacles that may come up during the process. By following our tips as well as hiring a professional when necessary, your migration should go smoothly and without any issues.

Content Manager

Thanh (Bruce) Pham CEO of Saigon Technology

A Member of Forbes Technology Council

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