Cloud Migration: A Guide for Business

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It’s a fact that leveraging cloud technologies has become increasingly essential to the growth of modern businesses. This is because having a cloud-based enterprise offers a number of advantages for all stakeholders within the business. Just a few of these benefits include:

  • Improved security
  • Better scalability
  • Increased efficiency
  • Predictable costs

However, not all cloud migrations are created equal; some are more challenging than others. After all, when undertaking any kind of cloud migration, it’s safe to assume that its inherent complexity will inevitably be exacerbated by the size of the business in question. 

With this in mind, we’re faced with three key questions: what kind of issues do businesses face when attempting a cloud migration, how do those problems differ depending on the size and scale of the business, and how can these hurdles be overcome?

So, in this article, we’ll be discussing some of the challenges businesses face when migrating to the cloud, along with tips to help businesses of all sizes on their journey. Read on to learn more.

 

Cloud Migration Challenges 

When attempting a cloud migration, enterprises can usually expect to encounter one of these four blockers: lack of cloud expertise, complexity, high costs, and security/compliance. Some issues are more pressing for SMEs, while others are more pertinent to large-scale businesses. Let’s break them down in detail: 

Lack of Expertise 

First of all,  a lack of expertise in the cloud can seriously hinder attempts at migration. This holds even more true for small-scale businesses; where in-house IT teams have access to fewer infrastructure resources, skilled manpower, and time to complete the migration on schedule. Furthermore, a lack of strategy and concrete benchmarks can also stifle progress, which is also a risk to a small and inexperienced company. 

Complexity

Historically, businesses migrated applications and services to the cloud with a ‘lift-and-shift’ mindset, but the differences between on-premises and hybrid cloud environments have compromised deployments as businesses are now integrating cloud-native solutions with existing infrastructure. 

This, in turn, makes the digital transformation inherently more challenging, as complex architecture can make it harder to identify and document interdependencies and develop a phased migration strategy. The bigger the enterprise is, the more complex its existing infrastructure is likely to be. 

High Costs

Next, transitioning to the cloud can be prohibitively expensive — especially if the process takes longer than the estimated timeline. Whether your team is transitioning in-house, or relying on independent contractors, money and time have to be factored into the process. 

This can prove extremely costly for SMEs, who might not have enough capital to weather a protracted transition to the cloud, and are working on a tighter budget than their larger counterparts.  

Security and Compliance 

Finally, enterprises of all sizes have to contend with issues of security and compliance when transitioning to the cloud. It is, of course, important to ensure that a company’s security posture is as robust as possible, since the flexibility of cloud computing means that there are more points of weakness that bad actors can exploit. Adherence to industry regulations is also important if companies want to avoid costly fines, or the negative PR that can come with non-compliance. 

However, all these issues can be exacerbated by the size of the business. For instance, a large multinational or global organisation operating across multiple locations and boasting hundreds of employees has more potential vulnerabilities for bad actors to exploit and has to be compliant with more regulations than their smaller counterparts.

 

Opinions of Executives 

Now that we’ve covered some of the challenges of migration in a general sense, let’s consider what CTOs think are the main issues they face. 

Opticore recently conducted a survey of over 500 executives on the subject of digital transformation. In the process, we uncovered some intriguing insights. Of the 500 executives Opticore surveyed: 

  • 38% stated that they are already in the process of migrating to the cloud.
  • 30% stated that they have already made the jump from on-prem to cloud servers.
  • 21% stated that they haven’t yet transitioned, since they need access to the right process or provider as a prerequisite. 

Of these respondents, the vast majority were middle-to-senior managers in IT and tech:

  • 32% were employed by a small-scale organisation.  
  • 54% were employed by a mid-tier organisation. 
  • 14% were part of a large-scale organisation.

Based on these answers, we can conclude that, regardless of the size of the company, finding the right provider/collaborator is clearly a concern for executives regardless of the size of the company they work for.  

 

Cloud Migration Strategies

We have successfully assisted large enterprise clients within the financial services sector with their migrations to the cloud. Service owners confidently migrated their applications to highly available, secure, and scalable landing zones through these engagements.

Opticore helped the client overcome challenges connecting their on-prem offices to the cloud and in-cloud application-to-application communication and segmentation, ensuring resilient, secure operation.

As we’ve already mentioned, a successful cloud migration depends on collaboration with trusted partners who have the expertise to guide organisations of all sizes through the difficult transition. 

Opticore provides skilled cloud, network, wireless, security and management resources for clients across a range of industries, including banking, media, insurance, healthcare, and telecommunications. Our mission is to leverage our expertise to help guide our clients on their cloud migration journey. We work with you to conduct a full audit of your enterprise, as well as the specific challenges you face and the intricacies of your business model.

For more information about migrating to the cloud, get in touch today!