Although the cloud is generally viewed as a better solution for data storage for most businesses, there are two major issues that businesses need to consider while making the switch. First of all, businesses should plan on keeping their data as secure as possible while the migration is occurring. Secondly, changing to the cloud can be costly, so companies will likely be motivated to reduce their expenses as much as possible during the process. Here’s a look at some of the approaches businesses can adopt that will help the process go a lot more smoothly:

Securing Data During Migration is a Priority

It’s true that a company’s data is secure while being stored in-house, and it is also secure while being stored in the cloud. However, it is important to understand that data is extremely vulnerable while it’s actually being moved from in-house servers to the cloud. It is a good idea to take a slow and careful approach during the migration. Companies need to carefully evaluate the new cloud service provider to make sure that their security is up to industry standards. 

Reducing Overhead During Migration

Another thing to understand is that migrating to the cloud can really drain a company’s resources and has considerable overhead attached to it. The goal is for IT departments to reduce their expenses as much as possible while migrating. Here are some tips:

  • Create a map. Before starting the process of migrating, IT departments should take the time to create a map of everything that needs to be migrating, including all the dependencies. Failing to understand how apps relate to one another can really cause overhead costs to spike.
  • Start small. Businesses should consider moving data and apps that aren’t critical before tackling the important data. That way, any kinks in the process can be ironed out without causing serious damage. Mistakes during migration can be costly.
  • Choose the right cloud provider. Businesses often have trouble during the migration because they didn’t select the right cloud provider or storage package within the provider. Take the extra steps needed to select the best for the business at the beginning of the process to avoid wasting time correcting this in the middle of the process.

Adopting a Microservices Architecture

Another item companies need to think about as they plan to migrate their applications to the cloud is whether or not they will modernize the architecture of these apps or not. For many, cloud migration is the perfect time to take a modernized approach by switching to a Microservices architecture, which enables businesses to organize their applications according to what the business really needs. Although the process of adopting this type of architecture creates an extra step, it does make things much easier. In fact, microservices platforms, such as AWS and Azure, can create a great platform for successful cloud migration.

Migrating to the cloud can be costly and frustrating if you don’t plan properly. Adopting security best practices, switching to a microservices infrastructure, and working on reducing overhead can help make the process easier. Contact Roan Solutions for more information.