5 Major Risks for the CIOs to Look Upon Before Embracing Cloud Migration

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, August 30, 2019

Cloud migration has become a trend today. An entire company's data and application should be migrated to the cloud in small batches, which will give CIOs room to keep track of and resolve inconsistencies as they prepare for another migration. But, is it safe to transfer all the data?

FREMONT, CA: Cloud migration refers to the process of deployment of services, digital assets, IT resources, or application wholly or partially. However, the organizations can have access to the migrated assets behind the cloud's firewall.

The process of cloud migration of an enterprise generally involves blending an onsite IT infrastructure with a hybrid cloud solution, which is available on the internet for a fee. Hybrid cloud solution offer on-demand, provisioned server space, services, and applications by transitioning between one or more providers of the cloud.

Cloud migration is essential for the business to attain their goals, keep track of their performance, and enhance their efficiency. Hence, there is a requirement of delicate analysis, planning, and accomplishment to be sure about the compatibility of a cloud solution with enterprise requirements.

However, even worthwhile things require taking the risk to receive the fruit. Let's have a look at some of the risks that every CIO should be aware of before migrating to the cloud:

The complexity of the architecture: The chances of failing of cloud migration increases because of architecture's complexity and intricacy. The reason is the dependency of data-rich application in various environments.

Security: Though cloud migration enhances business agility and data processing, however, such fluidity of data can become responsible for the sensitive information being vulnerable to the malware infections and cybersecurity threats. Moreover, cloud servers make critical data more susceptible as the servers are hosted in the digital sphere. Loss of data transparency and control when the external organization performs debugging are some risks that come along with it.

Vendor lock-in: Vendor lock-in is a scenario where a client is unable to make a smooth transition from one service or product to another. This situation is mostly caused due to the usage of proprietary resources and technologies with those of the vendors. The foremost vendor locking risks comprises transfer of data, application, infrastructure, and human resource knowledge. This can also cause substantial switching price. As a result, it becomes difficult for CIOs to go back to an on-premise model because of their commitment to the specific cloud model.

Data gravity: It is a scenario where it becomes tough to find out if the application and its data is working correctly or not. This situation arises with the consequence of moving data of the most replication-based migration tools first, the application second, and hence leading to an improper sequencing issue.

Latency: The delay period between a customer's request and the cloud service's response refers to latency, which affects the devices' usability and efficiency. This problem becomes more magnificent in cloud services. High latency means massive delay periods, especially in scenarios like cloud-based telephone systems, video conferencing contact centers, and identical collaboration tools.    

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