Cloud computing has become the buzz of this century and business of all size are already benefiting from it. But there can be problems if cloud solutions are not implemented properly. In this article let’s check out what the major cloud migration challenges that small businesses face and how to solve those problems.
As more and more businesses seek to maximize their IT return on investment (ROI), cloud services are playing an increasingly important role. Adopting cloud can enable your small business, not just saving money but at the same time you will be able to afford technology and compete with top companies.
Major cloud migration challenges and how to solve it?
Cloud security: The biggest issue in the current IT industry is of security. When you are migrating business to cloud, you have to move sensitive data from your computers to the cloud. During this transition period, special attention is needed. Since public clouds are multi-tenant, your application could be affected by the vulnerabilities or defects of your neighbours’ code. You must ensure that you understand the underlying infrastructure of the cloud to which you migrate. Migration of data from existing server to the cloud server is a pain staking task and requires ample skill to handle and mange things.
Solution: Take the service from Security service providers- Various cloud providers are available in cloud environment. Make sure to find a provider who has a policy driven approach to where IT policies are automatically enforced
Device management: Device management is another often overlooked cloud migration challenge that many businesses face. In the emerging culture of BYOD, it is easy to have company with device sprawl, where there are as many different devices as there are people. But SMEs lack enough technology support to take care of different devices and applications properly. A large portion is probably going un-managed.
Solution: Securing mobile devices with encryption or data wiping to prevent thieves from accessing sensitive business data. Rely on a cloud service provider to cover enterprise mobility management.
Disaster Recovery: Though Cloud applications are, for the most part, much more resilient to failure or data corruption, they don’t remove the most common source of data loss – humans. Small and medium sized businesses, accustomed to protecting inventory or paper records, are expected to invest more in “resilience and backup”.
Solution : Use encrypted file systems – Usually whenever data is migrated from one server to the cloud server, it is done in an encrypted file format so that even if it is stolen, appears as a trash to the third parties. The only way to avoid data being snooped while travelling between the corporate network and the external application is to encrypt it. Keep offsite backups in-house or at an alternate cloud provider so that data will be available after crash.
Solution: Adopt cloud services to outsource IT tasks like data storage. Dropbox is a popular app for sharing documents and photos across multiple devices. MicrosoftSkyDrive offers the ability to replicate files on multiple systems.
Subscription Plans: As opposed to paying up front for new systems to replace your current ones, cloud ware tends to work on a subscription basis. Your business can take some time to get used to the different charging model.
Solution: Make sure you stay on top of costs and remember that although you won’t be paying the large upfront fees you may be used to, your subscription charges could eventually overtake.
SMALL BUT ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES HAVE PLENTY TO CONSIDER WHEN EMBRACING THE CLOUD, BUT WE DON’T THINK THESE CHALLENGES WILL BE ENOUGH TO PUT YOU OFF MAKING THE DECISION TO GO VIRTUAL. THE CLOUD CAN BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS – IT’S JUST A MATTER OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT EXACTLY YOUR REQUIREMENT IS.
With successful planning and key considerations, your successful integration to the cloud is possible. Insight is already successful in integrating cloud services. With careful planning and a comprehensive security solution that’s custom fit for your encryption needs, organization’s reputation and brand will remain trustworthy.
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