PODCAST: Cloud Migration: Tales from the Trenches

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In our latest installment of the HOSTING Cloud 360 Podcast Series, we asked Catherine Roy, Senior Manager, Project Management Office for HOSTING, to share her expert tips and tales gained from overseeing hundreds of cloud migrations. Missed it? You can listen to the entire podcast on-demand. We’ve listed a few highlights below.

Global cloud computing continues to rise, yet the majority of cloud migrations fail

According to research firm Forrester, the global cloud computing market is expected to grow 22% annually to approximately US$241 billion by 2020. Yet Gartner points out that 83% of all data migration projects either fail outright of suffer significant cost overruns and/or delays. While Catherine lists many reasons behind this poor performance, a key factor is that most IT departments don’t have deep experience in cloud migrations. As a result, they don’t know all the factors to consider when developing a cloud migration plan. This can ultimately lead to aggressive time frames, unrealistic budget expectations and a lack of testing – all which can culminate to a botched migration effort.

Common cloud migration mistakes

Catherine shared several “gotcha’s” that organizations stumble upon during a cloud migration including:

1) Sprinting through a cloud migration

It’s easy to get excited about all the new, cool things that can be accomplished via cloud computing solutions. However, many organizations want to “speed up” the process, bypassing the planning and testing needed to ensure a successful cloud migration.

2) Avoiding responsibility for data protection or disaster recovery

As we emphasized in our recent webinar covering the Alert Logic 2015 Cloud Security Report, a common mistake that companies make is to assume that their cloud service provider will take on the entire burden of safeguarding their data assets and implementing disaster recovery (DR) plans. The reality is that while some CSP offer managed services that include data security, the customer must also share responsibility for ensuring their data and applications are secure and compliant.

3) Assuming a cloud migration will provide immediate cost savings

While cloud computing solutions offer many benefits including the ability for organizations to shift from incurring fixed capital expenses (CapEx) to recurring operating expenses (OpEx), it’s unrealistic to expect immediate cost savings. Organizations need to have a realistic idea of what they want to achieve through the cloud and work closely with an experienced CSP to develop and execute a cloud migration that helps achieve those goals.

Steps for a successful cloud migration

Catherine advocates that organizations have a detailed, collaborative approach to planning their cloud migration. This means getting feedback and buy-in from key stakeholders and having a detailed cloud migration plan in place. As Catherine emphasizes to all of our clients, “You really can’t test enough.” Organizations should factor in adequate time to test the cloud migration before pulling the trigger.

And finally . . .

HOSTING clients that engage with us for cloud migrations know that it is ultimately their decision as to whether or not to launch a cloud migration. A CSP shouldn’t dictate if or when a cloud migration goes live. Only when a customer has all their questions answered and feels confident about the cloud migration plan should the CSP “pull the trigger.”

Contact the HOSTING cloud experts anytime for expert advice on planning for a successful cloud migration. And be sure to check out the HOSTING on-demand webinar, Navigating the Cloud Migration Minefield, where Catherine and Bill Santos, President of HOSTING Advanced Solutions, share additional cloud stories from the trenches.

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