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Common mistakes to avoid in a cloud migration project

When conducting a cloud migration, it is common for some mistakes to occur. Each company operates uniquely, so it’s important to tailor each transition to the specific needs and goals of each organization.

Some of the most common errors often include:

Inadequate Planning

Rushing into migration without proper planning can result in a lack of alignment with the business objectives of the company in question, not having the necessary resources, and a lack of a strategic approach. This is one of the most common mistakes in a cloud migration project.

Failure to Evaluate Application Compatibility

Assessing the compatibility of existing applications with the cloud infrastructure is essential for a successful transition. Failure to consider this can lead to performance issues, software incompatibilities, and integration failures with other systems.

Underestimating Costs and Unnecessary Resources

As expected, cloud migration can involve additional costs for certain aspects such as data storage, bandwidth, and hiring specialized cloud personnel.

Neglecting Data Security and Regulatory Compliance

These are two critical aspects for the execution of a cloud migration. Ignoring them can expose the company to security risks and legal violations. The security measures of the cloud service provider should be evaluated, and compliance with applicable regulations ensured.

Lack of a Phased Plan

Attempting to migrate all systems and applications at once can result in unnecessary and undesirable errors. It is ideal to adopt a gradual approach and migrate in phases, prioritizing the most important applications first.

Failure to Evaluate Connectivity and Bandwidth

Before migrating to the cloud, existing network connectivity and bandwidth availability must be ensured. Having the appropriate network infrastructure to meet user demands and considering bandwidth optimization drastically improves the efficiency of the cloud project.

Lack of Backup and Recovery Testing

Migrating to the cloud does not exempt the need for regular backups and recovery testing. Failing to do so may jeopardize data and business continuity in case of failures or data loss.

Neglecting Integration with Legacy Systems

If the company uses legacy systems, it’s crucial to assess their compatibility and integration with the cloud. Both the client and the provider must carefully analyze the compatibility of existing applications with cloud services and modernize them if necessary to ensure seamless integration.

Lack of Continuous Monitoring

Cloud migration is an evolving process. It’s often thought that once such a transition is made, the client should not return, that it’s a one-time, straightforward process. However, migration doesn’t end once completed. Continuous monitoring of the cloud infrastructure must be established to ensure its performance, detect issues, and make necessary changes and improvements. Don’t make this mistake in your cloud migration project.

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