Cloud implementation. Sexy, huh? There’s an old adage that carpenters always use: Measure twice, cut once. While carpenters mean this in a literal sense, the idea of careful, thorough planning before taking action applies throughout every aspect of the business world — especially as you implement the cloud in your organization.
A Successful Cloud Implementation
Understanding the challenges before pulling the trigger can mean the difference between a successful implementation, or a spectacular failure. Sometimes, the best way to avoid failure is to understand how it happens in the first place. With that in mind, let’s review the primary reasons cloud implementations fail.
Focusing on the Technology Over the Business
The cloud is still relatively new and shiny. It is easy to get lost in all of the available features, but it is critical to never lose sight of why you need it and how you plan to use it. The complexity of your business, along with your technical needs, must be fully considered before deciding how (or whether) to utilize the cloud. It is a mistake to implement a cloud-based solution simply because it’s “innovative”. Careful thought must be given to how a cloud-based solution will transform your business.
Assuming You Can Figure it Out as You Go
You have some great engineers and technically savvy people on your team. Yet, few people understand exactly how to go about architecting a cloud-based application. The truth is, a solid plan for cloud implementation is next to impossible for people to create when they haven’t done it before. Partnering with experts in the field can help guide you through a complicated process, assisting your team in the development of the exact platform you need without any large, costly mistakes.
Exposing Yourself to Cybersecurity Risk
Because clouds are massive in scale compared to private data centers, the truth is they are much bigger targets for hackers. It is important to have a security plan in place as you transition your business to cloud-based infrastructure and services. Security breaches are a major concern, and many organizations are wary of handing over data protection responsibilities to a third-party. Partnering with the right cloud security firm can help you lay a foundation for sensible security planning and also implement risk-reducing solutions that are suited to the unique needs of your business.
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Not Documenting a Disaster Recovery Plan
While disaster recovery has been common practice for decades in physical data centers, few businesses have experience with planning for disaster recovery in the cloud. Unexpected outages from services like AWS have rendered large, industry leaders such as Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb, Reddit and IMDb offline, with little to no recovery plan available. It is vital to have a strong disaster recovery and redundancy plan included in your SLA so you’re prepared should an inevitable outage occur.
Omitting Proper Testing From Your Migration Plan
Moving your mission-critical applications to the cloud without properly testing and piloting often leads to inevitable failure. Planning management strategies will help to avoid this easily avoidable and expensive mistake. You won’t save any time rushing through your cloud migration by omitting proper testing from the process. With the right tools, this process can be largely automated by running functional and performance monitors from all over the world and testing for proper load balancing, application performance, and security monitoring.
Cloud Implementation Conclusion
Being aware of potential pitfalls and roadblocks can make all the difference as you begin planning and executing your cloud implementation. Measure twice and cut once, and you can build something sturdy.
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