Enterprises should follow best practices to avoid common cloud migration mistakes

October 16, 2014

Most enterprises know that cloud computing is here to stay and that it's time to start making the move to cloud based IT solutions. The migration hasn't been a sudden jump – it's more of a brisk walk. Enterprises are usually not keen on jumping into any technological innovation without doing their due diligence. When it comes to cloud computing, key decision makers know they must balance security and privacy with the productivity and flexibility that the cloud can offer employees.

Regardless, the great cloud migration seems inevitable. IT managers know that they must eventually contend with the cloud and all of its potential benefits and drawbacks. The process can be nerve wracking, but like with anything, studying the successes and failures of those that came before can give some guidance in the migration process. Here are some common mistakes that enterprise makes when moving to the cloud and some best practices to help avoid them.

Common mistakes in enterprise cloud migration
The first major mistake that enterprise makes when moving their IT operations to the cloud is not understanding the total cost of ownership, InfoWorld reported. There are several complex metrics that must be used when determining if a migration of an application to the cloud is actually saving the company money. InfoWorld recommended a use-based accounting system to measure the actual cost of the cloud solution.

Another common mistake is plunging into the cloud without considering the security and governance standards that must be met. The advent of BYOD workplaces means that critical applications can be accessed anywhere at any time. Employees are demanding this level of flexibility, and it's up to the IT department to balance accessibility and security in the IT infrastructure.

Best practices to avoid the common mistakes in cloud migration
While there are some specific best practices that an IT department can follow when migrating to the cloud, it should be pointed out that most of it comes down to good planning.

Cloud Technology Partners noted that prioritizing what applications need to be moved to the cloud is a great first step. Not everything needs to be moved into the cloud. Managers should look for applications that can be moved to the cloud in a cost-effective way, without sacrificing usability and security. By taking it on a case by case basis, special care can be taken for every specific application.

Another best practice is to focus on governance and security. Managers often push back on cloud migration due to unfounded beliefs that the cloud is unsecured. IT should ascertain exactly what their security and governance needs are for a specific application and find a cloud provider according to the exact need for that app.