Cloud Migration in 2022: What you need to know

Cloud computing providers like Azure, Google Cloud, and AWS continue to experience an increase in cloud adoption and cloud migration in 2022 as companies attempt to migrate their on-premise services from private networks to public clouds in the wake of the pandemic.

Some businesses, however, are still unwilling to switch to cloud computing. 

“Why pay for software monthly when you can pay for it once and keep using it?” is a familiar premise used by these organizations.

This may or may not be accurate depending on the size and nature of your business, but the issue with this statement is that the majority of software receives frequent updates with functional and security fixes. If you don’t keep your software up-to-date you might be leaving your data at risk.

Also, for businesses managing several licenses, might be difficult and costly with diverse software requirements for every department’s various business needs and to solve problems. 

The COVID-19 epidemic forced most organizations to face reality because of lockdowns. 

Since then, those who had previously worried about data, whether from a security or privacy standpoint, and were concerned about the cost and time it takes to switch to the cloud, have started looking into cloud computing migration to enable individuals to work from home.

This article will give you a basic understanding to prepare yourself as a business owner to initiate cloud migration and how to proceed after the initial testing phase.

Choose the right cloud platform

Here are the top 3 world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted IaaS (Infrastructure As A Service) cloud platforms.

Millions of customers trust Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services to power their infrastructure and applications.

Businesses of every type and size use cloud-native infrastructure to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.

These cloud services provide on-demand delivery of technology services via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.

You can use these services to build and run virtually any type of application without upfront costs or ongoing commitments.

Compared to other cloud providers, AWS offers you more services and functionality inside those services. Microsoft Azure comes in second, with Google Cloud gaining ground.

For SME’s and startups moving your current applications to the cloud is quicker, simpler, and more affordable with cloud computing. For large businesses you will need a experienced cloud computing consultant for the migration.

Cloud computing enables you to construct anything you can think of from new technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics, and the Internet of Things to infrastructure technologies like databases and computational storage.

With a rapidly growing global network of geographically distinct regions with multiple availability zones connected by low latency, high throughput, and highly redundant networking, cloud computing is the most dependable and quick way to run systems, with service providers taking care of all security and hardware and software updates.

These SaaS services makes it easy to design and operate applications that are scalable, fault-tolerant, and highly available.

Get the team and the plan right

Businesses’ outcomes won’t be what they need or expect if their cloud migration plan is flawed. 

Enterprise Workload Migrations may become quite complex as a result of a badly planned and executed transfer, which also puts your data and applications at risk. 

Businesses must properly implement, measure, and test cloud systems, assure data synchronization and replication, and prepare for new computing, network, and storage infrastructure.

Migrations to the cloud are only costly and hazardous when done without a strategy. 

Seeking professional assistance from professionals is the easiest method to reduce the risks and expenses. 

These experts are in the perfect position to assist you in creating a smooth and stress-free experience.

Understanding what business objectives may be met by cloud migration, determining if current governance and risk models are prepared for the cloud, and making a strategy for task execution make this simple.

There are three key areas that you may combine in your firm.

Depending on your company’s size and the industry you are in, you may use SaaS, IaaS, or PaaS.

What are some examples for SaaS?

Zoho CRM, Salesforce CRM, Google Workspace, Adobe Creative Cloud, Xero, HubSpot, Slack and Microsoft 365, are some of the popular platforms that provide Software as a Service (SaaS).

These platforms cover almost every aspect of the industry they are targeting and provide cloud services to customers.

What are some examples for PaaS?

Microsoft Azure app service, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Red Hat OpenShift, Google Kubernetes Engine are some of the popular service providers that offer Platforms as a Service(PaaS).

These platforms provide their service for deploying and scaling web applications and services.

What are some examples for IaaS?

Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Engine VM’s are some of the popular platforms.

These platforms offer customers with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) on demand via their cloud computing platforms. Managed data centers are also used to give APIs to people, businesses, and governments on a metered pay-per-use basis.

Get the pricing strategy right

Organizations are finding that, depending on your use cases, performance, retention, replication settings, and service levels, the Cloud may be a very expensive proposition. 

Data expansion, data migration across layers, and recoveries from cold storage tiers can all result in monthly cost increases. 

By selecting Cloud tiers that are not best for their use case, more expenditures are incurred. 

The cost/performance ratio serves as the foundation for determining the levels of performance you require.

The question to discuss is, what is the maximum level of performance required for a particular task at the price you are willing to pay?

If cloud migrations are utilized only to retire similar computing, they might be costly. 

When adopting the cloud, businesses must become accustomed to ideas like short-term life cycling, which entails repeatedly creating and destroying environments. 

This ensures that environments only exist when they are required. 

Applications or websites that demand a lot of computing power for brief events should be able to scale up and down according to traffic patterns. 

These can be automated by setting up rules for the services in the platforms.

Pay close attention to security

The Cloud is far more adaptable than the physical infrastructure since it is composed entirely of software. It can be updated, audited, and secured in a more thorough manner than was feasible in the pre-Cloud world due to its physical existence.

All businesses now have new opportunities with introduction to the cloud. 

You can run the entire company using cloud platforms, from bookkeeping to recruiting and marketing to managing your team.

However, there are also new hazards to be aware of when it comes to cloud computing. 

The consumer is accountable for their company security in the cloud, while the platform owners are responsible for the security of the cloud platform.

Consumers are responsible for the security of their cloud services from encryption, network security, OS settings, and identity and access management (IAM). 

Consumers are also in charge of the disaster recovery planning, business continuity, and any personnel or legal needs.

On-premises security differs significantly from cloud security in a significant way. 

Since everything in the cloud is software-based, it introduces distinct controls and process requirements, new technologies and services, to meet security goals.

Be ready to reorganize governance hierarchy and workflows.

They must be far more agile and continuous in the cloud, with participation from several stakeholder groups and technological specialties.

Previously, an internal ICT team needed high-end security skills to secure their on-prem servers.

Today, organizations have the option of partnering with a Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) like HypeX Digital that can provide the skills and relieve some of the burden of security from the internal ICT team.