3 Cautions to Heed before a Cloud Migration

These days, sizable enterprises are more inclined towards cloud migration for one or the other reason. Most CIOs and IT managers are certainly aware of the reality that before taking such a big step, they need to enhance their security needs and ask about crucial aspects like reliability and scalability. These pesky steps can lead to major headaches if not planned.


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So, here are some pitfalls companies MUST consider. Have a look.

1. Be prepared to deal with Legacy Systems

Every enterprise has about 20% of old, legacy systems, which are hard to re-construct or are fundamentally built not to accommodate the cloud. Check out for that percentage before making any migration move, which might cause you the real trouble.

“If you have legacy systems, you need to rethink before making any cloud migration to decide whether to rejigger or rebuild them all together to work in the cloud.”

2. Never neglect a strong network connection

Eric Geiger, vice president of IT operations at Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago said, “IT leaders need to make sure they have a good network connection. It’s easy to forget and it can make a big difference”, he said.

“Connecting to the cloud through your VPN is fine, but if you have offices in Chicago and you’re connecting with Virginia, that latency can become frustrating,” Geiger said. “And that latency can become a little obnoxious. Make sure you pay a lot of attention to that networking component. How you get there is a big part of it.”

“Having a strong network connection is a must when it comes to Cloud Migration. Or else the latency to get connected with Cloud can be really frustrating.”

3. Moving to the cloud will be harder without the right people in the right jobs

John Trujillo, assistant vice president of technology at Pacific Life Insurance Co., says, “You have to re-evaluate the way you’re organized”. “The old organizational structures don’t apply. If you have a firewall person and a storage person, those jobs are now on a dashboard that a single engineer can adjust. What’s the best way to be organized with these new capabilities?” he said.

“Cloud Migration means changing the human resource too. As such, enterprises would need to figure out which employees or profile won’t be desirable, who can take on new roles and who needs more training for effective cloud run.”