Getting Your Cloud Migration Right

Migrating a business’s data to the cloud can be a huge undertaking, but the benefits that can be gained make it well worth the effort.

Some hesitation at the prospect of moving proprietary and sensitive information to the cloud is completely normal. However, by taking the necessary precautions, the transition can be pulled off seamlessly. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Ease Into It

You might be tempted to jump right in and get it over with, but a measured approach is far better. Migrating data to the cloud is likely to entail some downtime, so start by migrating data and apps that aren’t as critical or sensitive, and then assess the reliability and security of the cloud host. Only then should you gradually start loading your more sensitive data into the cloud.

Choosing Your Vendor

You’ll need a firm understanding of your big data needs in order to find a cloud vendor that is the right fit. It’s important to look beyond price and also consider data security. Some hosts excel at app hosting, while others specialize in versatility. You also need to make sure their platform meets the relevant compliance standards before you sign on the dotted line.

Look Into Security

It’s important to have a very clear understanding of the security protocols that are used by your cloud vendor and just how effective they actually are at making sure your sensitive information will be protected. Many firms will choose not to transfer all their data to the cloud, opting to keep some of it on their own servers. The result is that data will exist in two different places, and there will also be apps hosted by the cloud and their security systems to contend with. Having these multiple data environments can make your IT department’s job very complicated. Therefore, you’ll want to implement a coordinated and sweeping security policy that ties everything together.

This blog post was based off of an article from Cloud Tech News. View the original here.

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