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What are the challenges behind cloud-to-cloud migrations ?

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Because traditional storage models are unable to meet their expectations, companies have no choice but to transfer their data from one cloud to another. But during the migration, they face many challenges.

With digital transformation, cloud technology has become a must for businesses. While the first generation of cloud computing provided a response to needs for flexibility and data storage, a study conducted by the Strategy Group reveals that 57% of the companies that have migrated to the cloud have had to recover their data and applications due to a lack of performance and/or high costs. Because traditional storage models are unable to meet their expectations, companies have no choice but to chose several service providers and transfer their data from one cloud to another. However, cloud-to-cloud migration is a long and complex process in which companies face many challenges.

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Waiting for the next generation of cloud computing

The first generation of cloud computing enabled companies to start their digital transformation. Ten years later, the technology has begun to show its limits: opaque pricing, lack of performance, vendor lock-in, etc. At first sight, repatriating your data seems very simple and the best solution to avoid single-provider dependency. In reality, the costs and risks related to migration are great. Companies choose cloud-to-cloud migration and want storage solutions that are more efficient, affordable and compatible with existing cloud storage services. These are the promises of the next generation of cloud computing.

In the future, the next generation of cloud computing will offer exceptional data storage performances along with very attractive prices. Digitization and automation are increasing the volume of data produced in an exponential way. As the amount of data increases, the cost of storage becomes prohibitive for most businesses. The next generation of cloud computing will offer cost-effective storage solutions for all types of data, no matter the use or retention durations.

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CLOUD-TO-CLOUD MIGRATION, A LONG AND COMPLEX PROCESS

Once the new cloud service provider is chosen, companies need to move their data from one cloud to another. However, migrating workloads between clouds is a complex process because each cloud has its particularities. Transferring a large volume of data between clouds requires specific knowledge to ensure the migration is successful, with zero data loss.

First of all, transferring data between different cloud service providers requires careful planning and procedure so that the data stored in the cloud can migrate to its new destination. Then, it is likely that company applications are designed for a cloud service provider and that compatibility issues require redevelopments of the company’s applications or processes to migrate from one cloud to another. Without this adaptation, migration could lead to downtime and companies may not have access to their own internal applications! Finally, companies must schedule the time and costs associated with this migration, which are often higher than expected.

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how to get your cloud-TO-CLOUD MIGRATION STRATEGY RIGHT ?

Retain control over your cloud-to-cloud migration challenges and get your migration strategy right. Prepare your strategy with the following 8 steps:

  1. Identify the business requirements: are you looking for cost savings? A better performance? More freedom?

  2. Assess data sets and map the migration ;

  3. Prepare the data for migration;

  4. Choose the best solution for your data migration project;

  5. Run a data migration pilot test;

  6. Implement the file migration project;

  7. Check the data migration;

  8. Anticipate human resources requirements.

Migrating data from a cloud to another is a long and complex process that must avoid jeopardizing your business. Solid internal and external resources and a flexible, rapid and competitive data migration software are key to success.

The next generation of cloud computing is still at the stage of promise but showing great promise. Atempo partners with rapid, flexible and very affordable on-prem storage and cloud solutions. If you want to know more, please contact us.

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Topics: Data moving, Migration, Storage, Data protection, cloud-to-cloud


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