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The Benefits and Risks of Cloud Migration

The Benefits and Risks of Cloud Migration

Digital business architecture has changed greatly over the last few decades, if you were to have mentioned to someone in the early 2000s that in the not-so-distant future they would be able to store all their business data and applications online readily accessible wherever, they probably would have laughed at you. Cloud migration is a relatively new concept and while it certainly has its drawbacks, a great deal of research and development is being put into optimising it for the common business user. We have now reached the stage in its lifecycle where cloud migration is becoming beneficial to businesses and many are starting to make the switch.

What is Cloud Migration

The process of cloud migration can be easily summarised as the movement of business elements such as data and applications into an online space called the cloud. Making use of the cloud allows your business to circumvent many of the issues posed by poor business architecture leading to a much healthier and more streamlined process. While the benefits of cloud migration led many to believe that it is a prime solution for any and all situations, this isn’t quite the case and there are elements of your business that should definitely remain as they are until the cloud migration process has been further honed.

Cloud Migration – The Benefits

·        Convenience – by having access to key elements of a business through an online medium, you may no longer be limited to working out of the office. The pandemic had a large part to play in many businesses implementing home working and through the cloud this process can be further optimised.

·        Security – implementing a business-wide security solution can be pretty costly. A great way to avoid getting hit with a sizeable private security bill is to make use of cloud migration. Many of these systems have built-insecurity features which see regular updates, this makes them far cheaper and more secure than many of the alternatives.

·        GDPR Compliance – manually carrying out compliance can be a big task within larger businesses and it’s not uncommon for something to slip under the radar and lead to privacy breaches and fines. There are multiple cloud platforms that are specifically designed for highly regulated industries and come pre-built with features that make it easier to meet compliance.

Cloud Migration – The Risks

·        Internet Connection – a big downside with cloud platforms is that they require constant connection to the internet in order to function. While this may not be a problem for those working from the office, if you work while on the move you may not have access to your business systems at all times.

·        Downtimes – many online systems need to be taken down while maintenance is being carried out, usually this will fall in the middle of the night or on a weekend, but if you’re unfortunate you might end up not being able to use your cloud platform for a couple of hours. The same can happen with an internet provider.

·        Platform/File Type Dependency – while they are becoming more flexible with time, there are still platforms that run primarily off specific file types. This can be a major inconvenience for businesses making use of bespoke or industry-specific systems. To further complicate this, there are some platforms that make it very difficult to switch to other cloud platforms as they convert files to their own format.

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