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The #1 Reason IT Struggles With Cloud Migration

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. That’s definitely true if you’re thinking of migrating to the cloud. Moving to the cloud can be a game-changer for many businesses that can include increased efficiency, flexibility, and increased cash flow but moving to the cloud isn’t right for every business or every application. The process can actually take much longer without proper planning, execution, and testing. The number one reason IT struggles with cloud migration is poor planning!  Here are a few things to consider to avoid the most common mistakes:

Defined Milestones

Companies need to make sure that milestones are clearly defined and met. The cloud is a solution for many businesses, but not all. We work with companies who struggle with cloud migration, and many times it’s due to a lack of clearly defined strategy. At Metisentry, our team of experts will create a customized strategy that meets the unique demands of your business.

Application Testing

One of the biggest challenges for many companies is running numerous applications. Many times these applications were put in place before there was ever a thought about possibly putting the application in the cloud. The cloud is not one-size-fits-all and application testing is critical to a successful migration. Some applications may be better staying where they are; on a dedicated data center. It’s important for the the right team to help you test and evaluate which applications should stay and which can work optimally in the cloud.

Is it Worth it Financially?

Businesses can definitely save money when switching to the cloud but now instead of spending money on servers and maintenance, they may have to spend more money on bandwidth. For smaller applications, its not much of an issue, but the cost can be high for data intensive applications. When there is a large company and their data needs are dynamic, it’s costly for them to change and rearrange the environment. In order to keep things moving and reduce downtime, sufficient bandwidth is imperative.

The Learning Curve

A migration to the cloud puts the spotlight on the in-house IT department. Not all IT departments are the same. Some teams require more experience in the cloud and its complexity, and it makes sense why. Many have been tasked with keeping up with applications on in-house servers and have only recently even begun to think about how their applications may work on the cloud. The idea that an in-house IT department does not have all the answers can put undue pressure on a team who is maybe not totally familiar or comfortable working within a new environment. A team can always recruit and hire an AWS cloud specialist to help. Selecting the right service provider who can help your team navigate the process and discover the unique needs of your business and fill the gaps can help. Don’t forget to arrange training sessions for your team who can help them navigate best practices and get more comfortable with the new environment. At Metisentry, our team of experts can help your team navigate the process from start to finish.

The Bottom Line

Make sure you are asking the right questions and that milestones are well-defined and then properly executed. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the cloud and the right team can help you navigate the process and make sure there is a cloud solution that is right for you. At Metisentry, we work extensively with clients to provide multiple scenarios to analyze their AWS needs. Then we create customized solutions and determine the best fit for each client.  We learn, review, and address all key criteria you may have. We learn about your unique environment to prevent unforeseen complications from jeopardizing a smooth deployment. We give an understanding of what technology you can leverage, and in what capacity. Proper planning can help streamline the AWS migration and make things easier for everyone involved. At Metisentry, we make sure the solution you choose is the best one for the job.

Alex Callahan is a Solutions Architect at Metisentry with over 15 years of experience. Prior to joining Metisentry, Alex founded a company specializing in virtualization, cloud compute, and automated deployments. His primary focus is in AWS Migration, Management, and Infrastructure Consulting.