When it comes to the cloud, there are always misconceptions about what it can do for your organization. These misconceptions are often based on accounts of other migrations gone wrong. Today we’re debunking five common myths about the cloud.
- Utilizing cloud saves money. Moving to the cloud is not always a cost-saving expenditure, but it does offer more agility. Because cloud migrations are not a “one size fits all” operation, it’s unrealistic to assume that you’ll always save money. It’s important to not lose sights of the overall benefits of your organization by moving to the cloud even if there is some up-front cost involved. Before making the move, consider the following in terms of cost and utilization:
- What workloads will you be running in the cloud?
- What type of licensing will your organization need?
- What capital expenditures are you facing that cloud alleviate?
- Cloud is inherently more secure than on-premises. No matter where your data lives (in the cloud or on-prem) you’re always going to have the potential for a risk of a breach. Cloud security is a shared responsibility between the organization and their provider. Consider utilizing a provider that is SOC 2 certified to ensure they are following a framework-based approach to security and compliance. Never assume that your provider is secure. It’s important to do your due diligence to ensure your data (and your backups) are secure.
- Once the cloud migration is complete, there is nothing left to do. This ties in nicely to the above point about security as it is always something your organization should be focused on. Be sure to outline the post-migration activities that should be completed. You will find the most success when you adapt your operating process to fully leverage cloud principles.
- Every workload should be in the cloud. Not all applications and workloads are a fit for the cloud. Consider how many legacy applications you have and if moving those to the cloud are the best solution. The best strategy is to place your workloads where they satisfy your organization’s needs.
- A “lift and shift migration” is the best way to go. Lift and shift migrations are often a fast and cost-effective way to move to the cloud. Refactoring a cloud application and its architecture require more time, expertise, and cost, but can address some of the latency and performance management issues that lift and shift migrations do not. The reality is there is no “best” way to go. As your organization grows and changes, you will need to adjust your cloud needs as well.
Don’t let your fears and concerns hold you back from making a move to the cloud. Contact us today for a cloud assessment and to learn more about the cloud.