While migrating solutions to the cloud can be helpful, it is often a large undertaking that can have drastic consequences if it doesn’t go smoothly. migrations will leave little room for error, and it is important to have the appropriate risk management solutions in place. In this article, we will look at five things to know before migrating to the cloud to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Cloud Migrations Are Strategic
Moving your data to the cloud should always be a strategic decision; however, this process is most often initiated due to a specific project need versus a holistic strategy. Too often companies don’t do adequate testing to ensure they understand the nuances of managing a cloud-based solution. For example, many cloud providers charge nothing for data ingress but charge for data egress. Carefully plan out your migration strategy far in advance to ensure you have the right tools, resources, and plans to thoroughly model and test the application before going live.
2. Make Sure the Solution Passes Compliance Requirements
Cloud solutions are not one size fits all. Depending on the industry, an organization will have compliance requirements that must be met. Cloud providers will meet the most common compliance requirements (HIPAA, PII/PHI, etc.), but only a handful can meet the more stringent requirements. For example, and data that contains IRS tax information is subject to IRS Publication 1075, which is legislation written in 1975. While outdated and in need of a serious overhaul, it is still a compliance requirement that must be met. Make sure to check with your compliance teams to make sure all the boxes are checked, and the penalties for violating the compliance requirements can be staggering.
3. Errors Happen
When the process begins, you will migrate specific sets of your current on-premises data to the cloud. Unfortunately, this is done to minimize the risk of a compy-wide outage or failure in the middle of the migration process. Consider investing in enterprise-level data migration tools to be safe, even if you feel like you don’t need that level of support to complete the job. And always, always, have a backout plan documented before the migration process begins.
4. Get the Right Tools and Experience
While the bulk of your data may be on-premises, you may have other data in a separate location that also needs to be migrated. On-site infrastructure may not be required to deploy data to the cloud with the right tools. Consider working with a data migration consultant, who typically brings the experience with these tools, can save you money in the long run.
5. Know When You Are Ready to Start
Once you have created a detailed plan of attack, you will be ready to begin the migration process. A good plan will contain the following:
- A project plan with specific date and resources assigned to each task
- A pre-migration checklist to verify all the prerequisites have been met before starting the migration
- A backout plan, which is used in the event things go wrong
- A post-migration checklist to verify all aspects are operational and ready for client user testing
- An end-user testing plan to verify the application works correctly
- A decommissioning plan for the retirement of the on-premise application after a specific period of time
Why Choose Excipio?
If you are interested in learning more about cloud migrations or want to determine if it’s the right path for your business, the team at Excipio is here to help. Take advantage of our experience and knowledge to help find the best data solution possible for your business. Contact us at (918) 357-5507 to get started!