Cloud Migration? Make Sure You Have These Covered
In today’s ever competitive global business landscape, diverse technology offerings are enabling organizations to derive strategic business advantages. While these new developments are presenting significant benefits for enterprises, they have also drastically changed the face of IT. Businesses are demanding flexibility and agility in technology, supporting mission-critical business processes to cater to the rapidly changing market and customer needs – cloud solutions address these with ease.
Cloud migration is a complex and challenging task – the difference between traditional and cloud environments can pose threats like loss of functionality and performance deterioration. Hence, ensuring seamless cloud integration within the existing infrastructure supporting business processes across the enterprise becomes crucial. Security is another top order concern for IT leaders.
“Three-quarters of surveyed CIO’s view cyber threats as having the second potentially most severe impact on their organizations, next to a global recession”
– 2014 State of the CIO report
Before planning to migrate to the cloud, a thorough assessment from a technical, operational, financial and compliance point of view needs to be done to check the feasibility of the transition. Here are a few considerations:
- Identifying the essential functions demanded by the user and making sure that those functional requirements are met.
- Mapping the cloud benefits to the application – this will help in strengthening the business case for the migration.
- There will be a significant cost associated with the migration, initially. Hence, a cost versus benefit analysis will help in assessing the financial viability. For example, if an application upgrade requires new hardware, then the hardware purchase cost could be avoided by moving the application to the cloud. By doing this, the application can leverage the pay per use model offered by the CSP (Cloud Service Provider), which would reduce the cost associated with future updates as well.
- Checking for compliance with industry standards like HIPPA, PCI and FISMA – since, they can strongly influence the decision to host the application in-house or on a public domain.
- Assessing the suitability of different platforms – Public, Private, Distributed or Hybrid, for the specific application. Different enterprise applications for web or mobile,handles scaling and failure scenarios differently. The diverse platforms have their specific functionalists, and their suitability is relative.
With aforementioned considerations, businesses will be able to understand the impact of cloud on their existing processes and carve out a successful migration strategy. It is equally important to select the right cloud partner with diverse industry expertise and experience in compliance and security standards.
The journey for cloud migration may be, through terrain previously uncharted by your organization, but the business gains are definitely worth it. With the right level of preparedness and the support of a right partner, a successful journey lies ahead. So, are you ready to make the move to cloud yet?
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