“What are the challenges with migrating from an on-premise solution to a cloud-based solution?”
The following list concerns and considerations when migrating from an on-premise solution to a cloud-based solution:
- Security is the number-one concern when migrating from an on-premise solution to a cloud-based solution. There have been examples of data breaches, compromised credentials, hacked interfaces and APIs, and account hijacking. To avoid these issues and protect privacy and security, an organization needs to verify that their SaaS provider has the necessary tools in order to secure user identity management, authentication and access control mechanisms in place. Also, it is essential to know what privacy laws they might be subject to.
- Lack of expertise and cost management are issues due to the growing capabilities of the cloud. This requires organizations to provide additional training of IT and the development staff. An organization would be prudent to monitor utilization and right-size instances and utilize the ability to automate shutdown instances as well as shutting down workloads during certain hours in order to help control costs.
- Compliance is an issue when using backup services or cloud storage. Each time a company moves internal data to the cloud, an organization will have to deal with industry laws and regulations. An example is HIPAA for healthcare.
- Performance of the cloud provider when its system falters can have a negative impact on an organization’s BI and other cloud-computing-based systems. When your provider is down, you are also down. The organization must have a complete understanding of their providers have the right processes in place that will alert you about any issues and any time or functionality that might hinder your organization’s ability to do business.