4 Pitfalls to Watch for When Migrating to the Cloud


But there’s a prob­lem with cloud mi­gra­tion…

Bad ad­vice.

There are “experts” in cloud tech­nol­ogy and data mi­gra­tion at­tempt­ing their best used car sales­per­son im­pres­sion to preach:

“You will never lose data.”

“Moving to the cloud is quick and easy.”

“You should al­ways move all of your ap­pli­ca­tions and data to the cloud.”

The cloud has amaz­ing po­ten­tial. Potential that in­no­v­a­tive busi­nesses across the world are al­ready har­ness­ing as a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage, but as good as it is, cloud mi­gra­tion’s the­ory of every­thing in­cludes some caveats to the ques­tion “should I mi­grate to the cloud?”.

4 Common Pitfalls of Cloud Migration

1. Data not for­mat­ted cor­rectly

Re-designing, map­ping and mi­grat­ing on-premises ap­pli­ca­tions is hard enough as it is, don’t make it harder with for­mat­ting prob­lems be­tween your legacy ap­pli­ca­tions and your new apps.

2. Network band­width and la­tency con­straints aren’t known or un­der­stood

Moving ap­pli­ca­tions and data to the cloud im­poses new de­mands on the cor­po­rate net­work and im­pacts two per­for­mance con­straints: band­width and la­tency. Not prop­erly think­ing through the pos­si­ble ram­i­fi­ca­tions of our mi­gra­tion on your busi­ness’s net­work can sink your mi­gra­tion.

3. Migrating too much or too lit­tle

Not all busi­ness should mi­grate to the cloud, and not all busi­ness’s should mi­grate all of their apps. Sometimes cloud mi­grate is like re-in­vent­ing the wheel, a waste of time and en­ergy.

4. Switching from one to the other with no over­lap.

The biggest mis­take that you can make is choos­ing not to run both old and new sys­tems par­al­lel for a short pe­riod of time. Once the new sys­tem is con­firmed to be run­ning smoothly, the legacy sys­tem can be laid to rest.

Cloud mi­gra­tion is no pic­nic, head to our Legacy Modernisation Resource Hub to learn more of the do’s and don’ts of mi­grat­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to the cloud.

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David Burkett

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