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The Challenges of Cloud Migration (and Their Solutions)

TJ Villena TJ Villena July 29, 2021
The Challenges Of Cloud Migration

Cloud migration is a challenging endeavor. While cloud-based services will provide you a lot of benefits in the long run, such as efficiency, lower operational costs, and more, the process of getting to that point is where most organizations fail, especially for those who do not invest in cloud migration services. 

In this article, we will be discussing the common challenges organizations face when deciding to migrate to the cloud, as well as solutions that may help you overcome these challenges.  

Let’s dive right in. 

Security Concerns 

One of the main challenges companies face when migrating to the cloud is their doubt about security. This is because many organizations hesitate to transfer important data into a cloud service provider, citing a variety of issues aside from security, such as geographical limitations, compliance with a new set of standards, and more. 

Fortunately, most providers of cloud migration services and the servers they use are secure. Still, you may alleviate your concerns by doing your due diligence and asking important questions about topics such as encryption, security policies, compliance with security regulations, and more. 

Costs 

While migrating to the cloud may allow you to reduce costs in the long run, the challenge is coming up with the resources you need to get started in the first place. Cloud migration can be costly, due to the resources you have to invest in the people helping you migrate, staff education, new talent to manage the cloud, among many others. Moreover, your ROI may take a while once your team struggles to adapt to the new processes.  

The best way to deal with the costs is to do your research and prepare. Know that cloud migration may cost significant resources, and it is best to talk to your cloud service provider so you can determine the resources you need beforehand.  

Adapting Personnel and Processes 

People are naturally resistant to change, and it is no different in your organization. While other people may be open to the new processes that you will inevitably introduce upon successful cloud migration, many more will not be. This cultural pushback happens because cloud migration entails a lot of changes, and they all occur almost all at once. 

This is perhaps the biggest challenge you may face once you decide to migrate to the cloud. To combat this, it will help if you stagger and divide the migration processes into multiple phases. This is so you can give your team time to slowly adapt to the changes. You can also discuss training and education with your cloud service provider, as they usually provide training and/or video tutorials that will help guide your team before, during, and after the cloud migration process. 

There you have it. What we want you to take away from this article is that cloud migration is a massive undertaking, but a solid migration strategy, and the right cloud-based services to go along with your strategy, can go a long way in easing the transition, both for your business and the team that makes it work. 


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