Avoiding Missteps During a Multi-Cloud Migration

Avoiding Missteps During a Multi-Cloud Migration

multi-cloud migrationAny major change to a company’s functional infrastructure is challenging. During a multi-cloud migration, certain missteps are common, and can significantly harm the implementation or deployment process.

 

Luckily, specific actions can help you prevent these everyday mishaps. To help you ensure that your multi-cloud migration goes smoothly, here are some common missteps companies make and what you can do to avoid them.

 

Incomplete Planning

 

When you make a significant change to how the business operates, you need a comprehensive plan. For a multi-cloud migration, this includes identifying every asset that could benefit from a shift to the chosen cloud as well as any security concerns related to the change.

 

Typically, you’ll need to determine both the potential financial and operational benefits of moving a particular application or service to the cloud. You also need to examine with cloud offering is best suited for each asset by looking at the provider’s strengths and weakness as well as the application or services needs.

 

Additionally, a close look at any interdependencies between the selected assets and others is a must. Otherwise, the migration of an application or service could cause more headaches than it should simply due to incomplete planning.

 

Dangerous Assumptions

 

Embracing a multi-cloud architecture means there is an inherent level of complexity involved in the migration, so assuming that a multi-cloud migration is somehow less complex than other architectures can be a dangerous misstep.

 

Often, applications or services need to communicate effectively with assets held in other clouds, and making sure information flows between them smoothly is a must. Usually, this requires a close look at issues like latency potential and load balancing as well as security and compliances concerns that could harm these interactions. Further, treating the multi-cloud solution as a whole instead of a sum of parts is a must, allowing any planning to be done holistically.

 

In some cases, you’ll be best served by implementing a multi-cloud management tool that can provide insight into the entire multi-cloud system, allowing your IT team to address issues based on real-world use of the assets.

 

Overlooking Security

 

Many companies embrace cloud solutions as a means of supporting security and compliance goals. However, when you choose a multi-cloud infrastructure, this means you need to examine every provider closely on a regular basis.

 

Since the provider is a third-party, you need to have mechanisms in place to ensure they all remain compliant at all times. For example, selecting a solution that allows for scheduled scans can ensure you are notified if a system becomes noncompliant or otherwise vulnerable, allowing you to act to remedy the issue.

 

Additionally, you need a plan in place to guide IT’s actions should a provider fall out of compliance and be unable to take the necessary steps to meet your needs in a timely fashion. This ensures that your assets can be properly handled, particularly in industries with stringent requirements, such as those outlined by HIPAA, OWASP, or PCI.

 

Ultimately, a multi-cloud migration can go smoothly, particularly if you are prepared. By examining the areas above, you can avoid many common missteps that can derail your migration, increasing the odds that everything goes to plan.

Nathan Weatherford

Nathan is in charge of Marketing & Business Development at VocalPoint Consulting. Launching new marketing initiatives, planning for events, meeting with clients and providers is all part of the job.

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