Benefits and risks of migrating to the Cloud

Playing with the possibility of a cloud migration? This post isn’t a complete guide, but I’ll try to cover some of the basic thought process you’ll need to make an intelligent decision.

Will a cloud migration be right for you?

While cloud environments are generally scalable, reliable, and highly available, those won’t be the only considerations driving your decision.

Possible benefits of a cloud migration

There are many scenarios that can take advantage of the benefits of a cloud migration.

 

– Your application is experiencing increased traffic and you’re finding it difficult to scale resources on the fly to meet the increasing demand.

– You need to reduce operational costs, while increasing IT effectiveness.

– Your clients require fast application implementation and deployment, and thus want to focus more on development while reducing infrastructure overhead.

– Your clients want to expand their business geographically, but you suspect that setting up a multi-region infrastructure – with all the associated maintenance, time, human, and error control effort – is going to be a challenge.

– You’re finding that keeping up with growing storage needs is becoming a problem.

– You’d like to build a widely distributed development team. Cloud computing environments allow remotely located employees to access applications and work via the Internet.

– Setting up a disaster recovery system for an entire data center can sometimes nearly double the cost, and also require complex disaster recovery plans. Cloud DR systems can be implemented much more quickly and simply while allowing far better control over resources.

– Tracking and upgrading underlying server software can consume a lot of time. In some cases, a cloud provider will take care of this automatically. Some Cloud Computing models similarly handle many administration tasks like database backup, software upgrades, and periodic maintenance.

Possible risks of a cloud migration

The possible risks and drawbacks associated with cloud migrations must definitely not be ignored. Consider these points.

 

– If your application stores and retrieves very sensitive data, you might not be able to maintain it in the cloud. Similarly, compliance requirements could also limit your choices.

– If everything is running fine with its existing setup, doesn’t demand much maintenance, scaling, and availability, and your customers are all happy, why mess with it?

– If some of the technology you currently rely on is proprietary, you may not be legally able to deploy it to the cloud.

– Some operations might suffer from added latency when using cloud applications over the Internet.

– You might lose some transparency and control while debugging performance issues, because hardware is controlled by someone else.

– Noisy “neighbours” can occasionally make themselves “heard” through shared resources.

– You particular application design and architecture might not completely follow distributed cloud architectures, and might therefore require some modifications.

– You (or your clients) might fear unknown challenges.

 

Of course, you might encounter entirely different issues in your own journey, but these should at least get you thinking.

MicroPhoenix has helped various organisations migrating to the cloud.

Our team will make practical analysis before deciding if you actually need to take the leap.

Don’t hesitate, whether you want more information or discuss your requirements;

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