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5 Common Mistakes When Migrating to the Cloud



Embracing amazing new technology can provide incredible results for a business’s technological scalability and reliability, but it is important to migrate correctly and carefully. Here are five common mistakes made by businesses when migrating to the cloud.



1. Trying to go all in, all at once


Some programs and software my not be compatible with cloud infrastructure, so it is critical that you make sure the programs you want to migrate will be a good fit for the cloud.



2. Not analyzing the business impact before implementing


All businesses are different, and so the way moving to the cloud will affect business operations would be different for everyone. For some, moving to the cloud would bring great benefits such as cheaper and faster operation and optimized workflow. For other businesses it wouldn’t make too much of a difference or might even impose new problems for operation. That is why it is extremely important that business analysis is conducted before implementing the cloud



3. Not designing for failure


Just like any technology, it is possible that the cloud provider can experience downtime so with that in mind, design for failure. It is mentioned in best practices “design for failure and nothing will fail. Making sure that the proper infrastructure is in place incase of a failure will keep your business up and running no matter what.



4. Forgetting about security


Moving to the cloud provides a layer of security for those who use it, it does not protect from inherent flaws of the software that is hosted on it. If a business uses software that has an exploit available, then the service is still vulnerable whether or not hosted in the cloud or locally. If your application deals with sensitive information like health and finance records, you must make sure the cloud deployment is compliant with the appropriate guidelines


HIPAA Guidance PCI Guidelines



5. Not regulating cloud usage


Most cloud providers work off a pay-as-you-go style payment method, meaning it is possible for the bill to change month to month if the usage is not monitored or regulated. By regulating cloud usage, a business will be able to maximize efficiency while minimizing cost.




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