5 Costly Mistakes To Avoid When Moving Legacy Applications To The Cloud

October 20, 2015

Dileepan Selvaraj


The digital gold rush to take old and outdated legacy applications to the cloud has propped up many pitfalls of organizations trying to make the transition. The numerous advantages offered by cloud computing is a temptation organization can’t afford to ignore. In a scurry to adopt the new technology, over 70% of organizations had to change their adoption design in the initial stages because they made these common mistakes:

1. Ignoring Security’
It is very important to remember that there is no ‘one size fits all’ concept when it comes to security and it is especially true when the system is as complex as cloud computing. Plenty of organizations push implementing security features to the bottom of the pile of things to do and it is the fundamental mistake that leads to vulnerabilities in the future. Security features must be implemented systemically in every step of planning, design, and deployment.

2. Skin-deep adoption of Cloud
The fact there will be many entities in an organization which will not change nor embrace the mindset needed to get all the benefits out of cloud computing is something most organizations overlook. Since the objective is to make entire businesses cloud ready, there should an organization-wide consulting before building the Cloud infrastructure to determine a system that everyone feels comfortable using.

3. Treating it like a traditional IT infrastructure
One of the most frequent mistakes organizations make while deploying’Cloud applications is that they treat it like a physical data center. Traditional metrics that are used to measure the cost of the latter are irrelevant when it comes to Cloud because it saves more than just equipment, housing costs; organizations need to consider the cost savings offered via improved workflows and increase in productivity.

4. Ignoring hybrid solutions
Going ‘cloud only’ could be costly mistake an organization makes if it didn’t consider a hybrid solution. There is a good possibility that a combination of the legacy and cloud services that offers increased functionality, flexibility, and cost control.

5. Ignoring disaster recovery planning
Having disaster recovery plans of an organization’s data is as important as traditional back-up plans organizations would already have for their on-premise system because Cloud-based systems are still susceptible to’ the same factors. It is important to choose a vendor that will provide the necessary backup mechanism in the event of natural disasters or other misgivings that could lead to loss of data.

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