Cloud computing is a benefit and boon to the industry but if we are not planned and prepared to migrate and this can be a major disadvantage and may lead to downfall. You have to do your homework first, understand the pros and cons of cloud computing and how to utilize to your advantage.
Cloud Assessments are an integral part of any cloud migration of small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises cloud adoption journey. With a cloud assessment, one can identify, categorise and allocate the resources in hand to suit the needs and processes during and after cloud migration. This makes it important to perform a cloud migration assessment to assess the readiness of the current system capabilities and plan for further resource purchase, allocation and usage based on the cloud requirements and virtual systems need.
If these cloud readiness and migration assessments are not performed rightly before the shift and, further, usage, this hasty decision is bound to affect and hinder the further migration and storage models on the cloud systems. What do you think would go wrong if you do not assess the existing environment and move to cloud directly? Here are some common issues one might face in such cases:
Downtime will increase since high availability, and Disaster Recovery is not prepared in planning
It is no lie that cloud computing systems and facilities offered by cloud service providers take into account the various areas of high availability of the system for ease of action and accessibility of the stored data in the system. With high availability, a business can easily navigate their way through high service availability along with greater uptime that involves redundant and fault-detection and tolerant components in the systems at the same location. Similarly, to reduce the downtime and ensure that there is continuity in performing the workloads on the virtual cloud, a small and medium-sized businesses must assess their system capabilities and arrive at the right software and hardware capabilities to increase and support high availability of the cloud system. Further, in cloud systems, like any technology product, there are chances of failure and disaster issues. This makes it difficult to handle the issue without the right skill and staffing option. Although disaster recovery and management of files during these system failures would be managed by the cloud service providers and vendors, one must analyse and assess the disaster recovery options available and their usage as well. This is possible only through a detailed cloud readiness assessment that outlines areas of availability losses and disaster recovery options using the services and facilities from the cloud vendor. Without the right assessments, a small and medium-sized business experiences severe downtime in the system functions and related cloud processes.
Security and Privacy had to compromise since this is not implemented as per the business need and industry standard
Compliance requirements and related laws must be kept in mind during a cloud implementation. Hence, security and privacy laws designed to suit the areas of implementation and location of operations must be assessed and migration to cloud must happen in accordance with these laws and industry standards. Performing a cloud readiness assessment before the migration would help to analyse these factors of security and privacy concerns in the specified areas to meet the needs of the organization, industry standards and governmental regulations. While covering general security and privacy concerns, there are certain specific needs of the organization involving high security and privacy concerns of the organization. With reference to the differing requirements of organizations to maintain and store vast datasets with several levels of security, small and medium-sized business must understand the type of datasets in hand and the levels of protections involved with type of data stored. This shows that there is a need to assess current data storage areas as well as forecast the usage of data in the future, along with predictions for their security and privacy concerns. Hence, a cloud readiness assessment helps to analyse components of dataset storage and usage values to lead to more functional and favourable security and privacy concerns of the cloud systems. Without this right cloud assessment, a small and medium-sized businesses lose on areas of security and privacy, leading to compromise on these functions and do not utilize these capabilities of the cloud systems to their fullest.
Vulnerability to attack since the network is not properly designed
A cloud readiness assessment helps to assess and analyse vulnerability attacks on the system and datasets. This helps to prevent attacks on the system after implementation and safeguards the systems from other cyber threats. Further, the system network design and architecture can be constructed in a manner to ensure that all the vulnerabilities, present and future, are taken care of and protect the data from all attacks and threats. Hence, without the right cloud assessment, a small and medium-sized business is more likely to suffer from vulnerabilities and attacks on the system due to poor network design and architectural flaws.
The performance, costs and migration processes might be complicated without the right cloud assessments for you. It becomes difficult to understand your business goals, technology goals, cost planning and budgeting initiatives. Cloud data solutions are still a dream of many small and medium-sized businesses. While many businesses are looking forward to make this shift, they are unsure of how to start the cloud migration process and other resources requirements. Are you one of those who are looking out for the right cloud assessment checklist? Book a consultation with our Chief Executive Officers to get you the right cloud assessment process and become your cloud auditor. Being a cloud customer is just a click away!
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