So you are finally migrating to the cloud. Congrats! However, please be mindful while doing it. You don’t want to completely destroy your business, do you? There are several devastating cloud migration mistakes that you could make. Let us warn you and help you evade them.
Not conducting a proper needs analysis before migrating to the cloud
Why exactly do you want to migrate your business to the cloud? Is it really necessary? What exactly do you want to move to the cloud? Maybe you just have a certain part of your structure that you want to move. It can simply be an app or some data. There might be some apps that you will completely stop using and they might not be worth moving. Others – you will need to replace.
Think well about what exactly you need. Create a migration plan. Define the goals, schedule for migration and costs. Costs can easily get sky-high without proper planning. It can get so bad that it can lead some companies into bankruptcy.
Not researching enough about cloud providers
There is а concept that all the cloud providers are the same. Not at all! You don’t simply lift and shift. First think about the billing model. Each provider can have different policies and costs. Think about features that you need, APIs that might not be compatible with your servers.
First get information about the billing models: You might be pleasantly surprised because they are not all the same. Some are per minute, others are per hour. Instance sizes and prices vary widely. Services offer different sets of features and add-ons, and sometimes the same features but with different names. And don’t forget that each service has its own set of APIs that are generally not compatible with each other.
There are a few worries here.
One – the moment of moving of data. Don’t rush the migration. Secure the connection and take all the necessary precautions before initiating the move.
Test everything profoundly. Don’t assume that everything has moved just fine. Verify the applications. Make sure that there are no errors, no missing data no database problems. Take some time with the cloud, before you completely remove your current IT infrastructure and backups.
The backup. How exactly are you planning to back up your data after the cloud migration? Do you want to have a physical copy of your data off-line or do you 100% trust the cloud for the backup as well? Make sure that the backup is in your plan.
Probably now you have more questions than answers. Don’t worry. The Cloudware team is here to help you with that. Just write at firstname.lastname@example.org We can provide shared cloud servers or a dedicated one, depending on your needs.