Digital transformation solves many problems and can be a rewarding endeavor for any enterprise. Moving your digital assets and workloads to the cloud also poses a few challenges. While your specific environment determines the risks and obstacles that apply to your business, here are some general drawbacks you should consider.
Security and Compliance Restrictions
Before you migrate to the cloud, understand the regulations and your industry's security standards in the context of the security model offered by your provider. Then determine the steps you should both take to maintain compliance. If your application stores sensitive data, you might not be able to maintain it in the cloud. Therefore, it’s critical to understand the entire Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) framework for a more holistic approach to cloud migration. Failure to include critical elements of security and compliance in your migration plan can slow down your progress and negatively affect people, processes and technology.
What to Do About Legacy?
Outdated/legacy systems are rarely ideal. For the most part, they are not equipped for the transition and can’t be moved to the cloud without making several upgrades to the system. While the process of moving legacy systems may encounter a few challenges, there are options that you can pursue depending on the architecture and existing licensing arrangements. These options may vary from re-hosting and re-platforming to complete retirement.
To learn more about moving your legacy system to the cloud and discuss your plans for cloud migration, talk to us today.
Progress with People, Process, Skills
Some organizations have already begun an optimization of internal resources and processes in preparation for digital transformation. But many are still struggling to make sense of the new world of the cloud. They don’t have the necessary roadmap to ensure a seamless migration, let alone understand the impact on cost, management and the entire bottom line.
Lack of Strategy
Lack of cloud strategy, planning and execution remains a major roadblock for many organizations. Determining which workloads should be moved to the cloud first to avoid disturbing business continuity is a tough decision, given workload interdependencies in your IT ecosystem. And, while many have embraced a “cloud first” mindset, there is still confusion regarding which type of cloud makes more sense to pursue - private, public or hybrid.
Challenges with Cloud Optimization
Cloud computing makes it easy to provision resources, so DevOps don’t have to worry about managing the underlying infrastructure. For most organizations, cost reduction incurred by on-premise resources is a crucial motivator for moving to the cloud. So is performance optimization across the application portfolio. In reality, many companies still struggle with wasted spend and cost optimization while trying to maintain fast and scalable infrastructure. They must take the appropriate steps to ensure cloud usage efficiency and availability.
5nine offers a unique strategy for migrating your IT assets across private, public and hybrid cloud platforms. We provide expert help on cloud optimization and lifecycle automation to ensure complete availability of your virtual resources. Let us help determine the best option for you, so you can avoid common cloud adoption challenges and build a scalable and secure architecture. Contact us today.