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Common Mistakes and Best Practices around Cloud Migration

According to an IDG 2018 Cloud Computing Study, it is estimated that 77% of organizations use cloud services with the average enterprise using up to almost 1,000 applications. While the process of achieving digital transformation and modernized IT infrastructure through the cloud seems like a no-brainer, the concept of cloud migration is not so simple.

Cloud Migration

Even the most prepared migration can bring unforeseen consequences that IT teams may not initially be aware of. In this blog, we’ll discuss some common cloud migration issues and best practices for security during this process.

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Cloud Migration Issues

No Clear Plan
Knowing why you want to migrate is half the battle. Organizations must define a clear cloud strategy, vision and management plan, while presenting the benefits of this move to their IT teams. Similarly, management must also be able to recognize which applications are better suited to stay on premise.

Hurried Migrations
In the interest of saving time, organizations tend to migrate all applications at the same time, leading to unknown problems and increased costs due to downtime. A best practice approach calls for migrating applications in phases, usually starting with non-mission critical applications.

Cost Management
For most companies, cloud is billed using a pay-as-you-go model but these costs can increase based on a variety of factors. These include management changes, hidden fees and labor for the intensive amount of time it takes to migrate.

Data Security
Data security regulations need to change once migration has occurred because every cloud has a different set of principles to follow. Being that the customer sets many of the cloud’s security features, it is important to make sure that data is locked down to avoid any vulnerabilities or leaks.

Best Practices around Data Security for your Migration

While the attraction to the benefits of cloud continues to grow, it’s been reported that 42% of organizations are still concerned about cloud security. While vulnerabilities are inevitable throughout businesses, taking a few security measures can help avoid such issues during your cloud migration.

First off, organization must verify devices, users and applications before granting access to any data. Secondly, remove the vulnerability of passwords and utilize multi-factor authentication. Lastly, understand how your employees operate and which devices they prefer. It is crucial to implement some type of unified endpoint management solution (UEM) that will encrypt devices while enforcing your most updated security practices.

If you’re looking for more information on cloud migration, we can help! At KeyInfo, we know that no two businesses are the same. We provide a consultative approach to cloud migration, achieving the best fit for your organization, on time, and at the right cost.