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August 9, 2021 | Matt Brickey

Cloud Readiness Assessments Help Reduce Cloud Migration Risks

Is your organization prepared to move to the cloud? Many organizations aren’t. As with any major IT and business investment, a cloud migration requires analysis and planning to be successful. Enter the cloud readiness assessment.

According to IDG’s 2020 Cloud survey, 92% of organizations are in the cloud. The average cloud investment was expected to be $73.8M, up 59% when compared to 2018’s expected investment in the cloud.

Unfortunately, many organizations are adopting cloud computing services ad hoc, department by department, rather than through a coordinated company-wide strategy. One reason for the ad hoc nature of cloud adoption may be the popularity of cloud services. Presumably, impatient business executives may opt to move forward with their own cloud projects without involving IT.

What are the risks associated with cloud migration?

Lack of planning

A rushed or unplanned migration can expose the company to unacceptable risks. Careless cloud services adoption can result in problems ranging from excessive downtime and vendor lock-in to a lack of compliance with government mandates or an inability to scale with the organization’s growth. A high-level plan is not enough. Businesses need to

IT environment complexity

These issues can be complicated in larger organizations or where a hybrid cloud adoption is underway. Migrating to multiple cloud providers or to a hybrid on-premises and cloud environment requires interoperability and, often, integration between the different environments.

Protecting various cloud platforms

There are also security risks to address. Depending on the type of cloud service – such as storage services, Software as a Service (SaaS), or Platform as a Service (PaaS) – the cloud provider may have some responsibility for security. But don’t forget, security will always be a combined responsibility between you and the provider. Not knowing, or preparing, can lead to embarrassing and costly data breaches and lawsuits.

In addition to some of these risks, you also want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have the internal expertise and talent to plan and execute a cloud migration process?
  • Will my legacy applications easily translate to cloud applications?
  • Which cloud platform(s) is best for my IT environment?

Also read: Six Steps to an Effective Cloud Migration Strategy

What is a Cloud Readiness Assessment?

To guard against these pitfalls, organizations need to take that critical first step when planning a cloud migration: the cloud readiness assessment.

A pre-migration readiness assessment is an analysis of an organization’s current and future cloud needs. TierPoint’s Cloud Readiness Assessment, for example, provides customers with a customized cloud roadmap, a right-sized cloud design with estimated TCO and ROI, and a migration wave plan based on IT dependencies.

Some of the other elements of a cloud assessment include understanding and evaluating:

  • Existing IT applications and infrastructure
  • Security and compliance requirements
  • Current and projected computing workloads
  • Business processes
  • Internal IT human resources
  • IT budget
  • Future business goals
  • Estimated costs

The end result will also include a migration plan with options for different cloud platforms or possible hybrid deployments.

Are you ready to develop your cloud strategy?

As hybrid and multicloud strategies become more common, the need to manage cloud services and providers as a portfolio, rather than as stand-alone purchases, becomes obvious. Just as no IT department would buy network hardware without considering the rest of the network, organizations need to evaluate their cloud service as inter-dependent investments.

We can help you plan for your move to the cloud. With cloud assessment tools, we can help you plan, migrate and build out your cloud infrastructure. Learn more about  TierPoint’s Cloud Assessment.

Get your cloud readiness assessment today.

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