The five common concerns of cloud migration
Moving to the cloud offers numerous benefits, from increased scalability and cost efficiency to improved accessibility and flexibility. However, organisations often have concerns about potential pitfalls during the migration process.
In this blog, we will address five common concerns associated with cloud migration: data security, downtime during migration, data loss, integration challenges and skill gaps. By understanding and mitigating these concerns, you can ensure a smoother transition to the cloud.
1. Data Security Concerns:
Loss of Control: One of the primary concerns when moving to the cloud is the perceived loss of control over data.
- Microsoft Azure secures your data using various encryption methods, protocols, and algorithms, including double encryption. For data at rest, all data written to the Azure storage platform is encrypted through 256-bit AES encryption and is FIPS 140-2 compliant.
The fear of data breaches is another significant concern. High-profile breaches have raised doubts about cloud security.
- Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) for enhanced user security.
- Conduct regular security assessments and penetration testing.
2. Downtime During Migration:
Business Disruption: Many organizations worry that migrating to the cloud will lead to significant downtime, disrupting their operations.
- Plan migrations during off-peak hours or weekends to minimize impact.
- Use migration strategies like live migration, where services remain operational during the transition.
- Have a comprehensive rollback plan in case issues arise during migration.
3. Data Loss:
The risk of data loss during migration is a concern. Organisations fear that they might not recover all their data.
- Backup critical data before starting the migration.
- Employ data validation and reconciliation checks post-migration to ensure data integrity.
4. Integration Challenges:
Legacy Systems Compatibility: Integrating existing on-premises systems with cloud-based solutions can be a complex task, leading to concerns about compatibility.
- Evaluate your legacy systems and identify potential integration points.
- Use middleware and integration tools to bridge the gap between on-premises and cloud services.
5. Skill Gaps:
A lack of cloud expertise among your IT team can be a major worry. Organizations may fear they won’t have the necessary skills for a successful migration.
Trustmarque are the cloud experts you’ve been looking for. Through years of working in cloud migration, we’ve built our Azure migration services with a library of code and resources to securely deploy cloud resources and migrate and modernise applications. Our established cloud centre of excellence comprises of deployment engineers, presales cloud solution architects, managed services experts, project managers and agile delivery managers – so you don’t need to worry about a lack of cloud expertise with us.
While concerns about data security, downtime, and integration challenges are valid, they should not deter you from reaping the benefits of cloud migration. By adopting proactive mitigation strategies and working with Trustmarque’s in-house cloud experts, you can navigate these concerns and unlock the full potential of the cloud for your organisation.