Moving to the Cloud

Cloud computing brings flexibility and agility to any enterprise, but the first steps in moving to the cloud need to be properly planned. Companies looking to migrate need to consider a wide range of factors and be prepared to take time over the process. Many businesses opt to move to a hybrid solution to begin with before making a full migration. However, even a hybrid migration should be carried out with close care and attention. There are many common pitfalls business owners face when moving to the cloud. Here are five to avoid. 

1. Incorrect migration planning

According to Eurostat, many more European firms began using public cloud servers than private cloud servers in 2018 due to the quality of services provided. Even when working with one of the larger cloud providers, its common to believe migration should be quick or even instantaneous. This isn’t often the case and more importantly, it never should be.

Depending on the volume of data being transferred, the migration process can sometimes take several months. Businesses need to work with their cloud partners and IT experts to estimate how long the migration will take, allowing them to plan accordingly. Otherwise, businesses run the risk of expecting too much of their IT team, which could lead to the migration being carried out incorrectly. 

2. Mismanagement of data migration

While the cloud is a new application to your business, it is important to be mindful of what’s migrated first and what is kept back. All companies have sensitive and vital data which they consider the most important. Naturally it may seem like you should transfer this data first. However, while the cloud is new to your company and you’re getting used to it, this data should be kept elsewhere so there is no risk of compromise.

Most companies recommend planning out non-critical data to begin with, so it can be sent to the cloud first. Once you have a good understanding of the cloud architecture being used, you can then start to migrate more critical files. 

3. Lack of focus on security

Any migration process comes with security risks. While the cloud is almost always believed to be more secure than alternative methods, security cannot become less of a focus simply because the method of storage is improved. Leading cloud technologies and trends (such as Infrastructure as a service) have become increasingly popular, but many worry that they aren’t secure enough for their critical data. You must bear in mind that new technologies can bring so much to a business, but they still need to be treated with caution.

Many data breaches occur during the migration process because businesses don’t pay close enough attention to their security requirements throughout.

4. Going “all-in” too quickly

Gartner predicts that around half of all global businesses currently using the cloud will go “all-in” on it by 2021. This shows that even large businesses with the ability to instantly migrate fully to the cloud have chosen not to. This is an indicator to other firms how important it is to pace migration and do it at a rate which suits your firm. All-at-once migration without proper planning can result in significant issues and business interruption time. Testing needs to be carried out and, as mentioned, cloud systems should be trialled using non-critical data before any mass migration takes place. 

5. Inadequate training for the IT and wider team

The cloud provider you choose will come with its own unique architecture. This is already built for you; you simply need to know how to work it. Data migration shouldn’t begin before your IT team, as a minimum, has a good understanding of how the cloud system works.

In their haste to migrate to the cloud, many business owners forget about the needs of their employees to use the new system on a day-to-day basis. Full understanding of the elements your team needs to use is essential before the cloud gets rolled out across the business.

Moving to the cloud with professional support

Moving to the cloud is a process almost all businesses should be considering. It is not without its potential pitfalls though, which is why working with a professional partner is always beneficial. At City Business Solutions, we support businesses with their cloud implementation and are ready to help your business too. Contact us today to discuss our cloud management options.