What is preventing you from migrating to the cloud?


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CIO in Media, 2 - 10 employees
One of the biggest challenges impeding cloud migration is the price of connectivity. We did a quick exercise to see if we could move our edit suites into the cloud and the cost of running them was indeed cheaper when it came to hardware. The hardware and data was half the price, but migrating would mean that our connectivity costs in the office would be €1K a month, which was more than the down payment of the hardware on site. Even electricity costs would be more expensive, so as long as the connectivity and bandwidth are not there, we won't be able to move to the cloud. We are waiting for the electric service providers (ESPs) to get us bigger pipes to the cloud and more affordable prices before we go in that direction.
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Board Member in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

Would 5G change that? Because 5G promises a serious amount of bandwidth.

Director IT | CTO Office | Digital Factory / Industry 4.0 in Hardware, 10,001+ employees

I'm not sure 5G would change the situation. A few years ago, when we talked to AT&T and other telcos, they were on the POC 5G at our facilities. There’s a significant amount of hardware that you still need to get 5G going and it requires a direct line of sight, etc. At the moment, I don't think it's going to be cheaper with 5G. Maybe in the future, as the technology changes, 5G will open up bandwidth and speed of communication, but cost wise, it will take a while for it to reach the same level as wifi and a hard wire into a home or a facility.

Board Member in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees

I have heard that it is probably going to be 2024 before it becomes a viable option for most people.

Chief Technology Officer in Software, 51 - 200 employees
Lack of a Well-defined Cloud Migration Strategy

Migrating critical applications and business processes to the cloud requires careful planning and deliberation. But often, businesses don’t “shop around” enough to ensure they discover the right strategy that works for them. For instance, the lift and shift model, app modernization and refactoring, as well as re-platforming are all popular methods of cloud migration, and each one of them has its place in the migration strategy.

Solution

Start with a detailed cloud migration strategy. In this case, analyzing your current infrastructure and business objectives thoroughly will help you choose the right strategy and decide where you’d like to integrate. 

A well-thought strategy ensures that you can easily navigate the transition while avoiding analysis paralysis during later stages. Also, keep in mind the critical assets that might need slight modifications or reconstruction once the migration is successful. These systems should be indicated in your roadmap and strategy. Then, go ahead and split your entire strategy into various steps to make the transition process as seamless as possible.

Data Security and Compliance Risks

One of the prime barriers to AWS cloud migration is data security concerns and compliance. This is because companies and organizations alike are still hesitant to hand over their private data to third-party cloud services, despite the cloud environment being completely secure.

The hesitation toward cloud migration has more to do with technology and application-specific concerns. If data is exposed to cyber-attack in the migration process, it could lead to serious disruption. The biggest risks lie with data sensitivity, especially due to poorly designed applications and weak controls around access to information and systems managed by the enterprises themselves.

Solution

Today, cloud platforms are fully secure, and service providers have advanced security systems to create a holistic cloud environment. A secure migration ensures that the transfer of the company’s data is done through a preferred routable path and data is secure in the firewall at all times. This ensures that confidential data is not visible to third parties during the transition, which eliminates the risk of data theft and compliance during the migration.

For additional assurance, ensure you ask your cloud service provider the following questions before embarking on a partnership.

Where will they store data?
Does their data have end-to-end encryption?
What process do they use to migrate data from the cloud?
Are there security policies and procedures in place?

The answers to these questions will give you an overview of the AWS partner and learn about their procedures before making the final decision.

Uncertain Cost of Cloud Migration Process

Over time, migrating to the cloud can cut costs through streamlined processes, increased productivity, and reduced administrative costs. However, achieving this can still feel like an expensive and complex process.

Moving to the cloud can be a costly endeavor, especially if your company fails to properly analyze the potential financial impact beforehand. The price shouldn’t not only factor in the cost of using the cloud platforms, but also the cost of moving to the cloud, long-term monetary risks that result from slow adoption, and the necessary training needed after the cloud migration. Such budget surprises can be a hindrance to achieving a successful move to the cloud if not addressed.

Solution

The best way to avoid huge expenditures when it comes to cloud migration is to prepare. Work with your cloud vendor to establish the costs associated with the cloud migration before you commit to any plan.

Factor in all the elements such as direct costs (software licenses, hardware, materials, supplies, maintenance contracts, etc.), operational costs (labor, maintenance), administrative costs (training staff, maintaining the team), and any other costs involved in managing systems.

Having an overview of all these items will make the cost and scope of the project more manageable. It will also help you estimate timing, minimize disruption, and plan for growth as well.
Vice President of IT Security and Operations in Healthcare and Biotech, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Our organization has already overcome these challenges, but I think the two biggest barriers are governance and cost forecasting. Governance has two flavors: compliance/security as well as how much cloud expansion is happening. All three of these factors are major impediments to organization considering whether to begin using cloud and having a way to measure and control them as they expand will help accelerate it without it feeling uncontrolled and expensive.

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