Don’t Play Safe when it comes to Cloud Migration

If your company is taking about 5 years for the lift and shift to the cloud, they’re playing it too safe. More than 88% percent of respondents use cloud in one form or another. Most respondent organizations also expect to grow their usage over the next 12 months. Humans weigh risk higher than returns or gains. This approach is not too great when it comes to Cloud Migration or adopting the cloud technology for businesses.
The elite companies and conglomerates – those that have greater code throughout and system stability – are “24 times more likely to have met all essential cloud characteristics than low performers.” It is a fact that if you have adopted for the cloud technology, you are likely to be reasonably good at software delivery and operations, which means you’re likely to be a successful at business decisions.

Benefits of cloud technology and being quick to adapt to it

Of all the various business issues, there are various problems that migrating to the cloud can help you solve. Here are some examples of the scenarios in businesses that will benefit big time from cloud migration and adopting the technology.
If your application is experiencing increased traffic or even spikes of heavy traffic and it’s becoming difficult to scale resources on the fly to meet the increasing demand. This might be due to a sale on the products on your site or even due to ongoing Covid 19 pandemic leading to heavier traffic on a lot of entertainment platforms. Or if your clients require a fast application implementation and deployment and thus want to focus more on the development side while reducing infrastructure overhead.

This could also be your go to solution if your clients want to expand their business geographically, but you suspect that setting up a multi-region infrastructure – with all the associated maintenance, time, human, and error control effort – is going to be a challenge. It’s becoming more difficult and expensive to keep up with the growing storage needs as well as efficiency.
You are needed to establish a disaster recovery system but setting it up for an entire data center could double the cost. It would also require a complex disaster recovery plan. Cloud disaster recovery systems can be implemented much more quickly and give you much better control over your resources and speed of data transfer. The tracking and upgrading of underlying server software is a time consuming process that requires periodic and sometimes immediate upgrades and a lot of manual interruption but in some cases, a cloud provider will take care of this automatically. Some cloud computing models similarly handle many administrative tasks such as database backup, software upgrades, and periodic maintenance.

Potential risks of cloud migration

While your specific environment will determine the risks that apply to you, there are a number of general drawbacks associated with cloud migrations that you might want to consider. If your application stores and retrieves highly sensitive data, you may not be able to maintain it in the cloud. Similarly, compliance requirements could also limit your choices. If your existing setup is meeting your needs and doesn’t demand much maintenance, scaling, and availability, or your customers are all happy, why mess with it up for all of them just to tick a check mark for cloud migration? There are scenarios like if some of the technology you currently rely on is proprietary, you may not be legally able to deploy it to the cloud. Additionally, operations might suffer from added latency when using cloud applications over the internet. If your hardware is controlled by a third party, you might lose some transparency and control when debugging performance issues. Your business application design or technology architecture might not completely follow distributed cloud architecture standards and flow, and therefore may require some amount of modification before moving them to the cloud.

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