Three challenges of cloud migration

Three challenges of cloud migration

Although there are many benefits that can be credited to the implementation of cloud computing, there are also a number of challenges that IT departments need to overcome in order to ensure that a transition to the cloud is a smooth as possible, allowing the positives of such a system to be enjoyed without any hitches.

A recent report from InfoPro found that as many as 8 per cent of companies face challenges when implementing cloud systems, a figure that rose by nine per cent when compared to end of 2012.

Despite the problems, a further 60 per cent of organisations see cloud computing as part of the natural evolution of IT systems, meaning that it is all the more important to ensure that a firm is properly equipped to deal with the challenges posed by such a new approach.

According to Cynthia Stoddard, chief information officer at NetApp, one of the main issues that companies could face when migrating their system to the cloud is the impact it can have on the culture of a company.  

In an article for Forbes, she argued that the implementation of such a new approach required "new corporate IT muscles".

"Along with traditional IT activities like database administration and change management, it’s now necessary to have expertise in security, virtualisation, storage efficiency, and process automation," she added.

One of the best ways of meeting this challenge, according to Ms Stoddard, is to ensure that all members of your company's staff possess the skills needed to cope with this new approach.

She adds that it is also important to try and convince all parts of your workforce that the move is  in the best interests of the company.

Even if one does manage to convince workers that this is indeed the best way for the company to move forward, there is still the problem of how to adequately provide support for customers.

Ms Stoddard acknowledges that providing the right level of support can be a tricky business as the end user will ring IT, no matter where the application happens to reside.

She therefore argues that it is vital to learn how your business can support various cloud vendors and that you know what to do if and when something goes wrong.

Finally, the partnership between a company and a cloud vendor is also central to how a company makes plans for the future.

New cloud solutions are always being developed, meaning that chief information officers are now having to evaluate which cloud vendors have the skills and the expertise to adapt to the use of new technologies.