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10 Cloud Migration Mistakes To Avoid

Migrating to the cloud can be challenging. Here are 10 common pitfalls -- and how to sidestep them.
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Junking your old IT hardware
After migrating to the cloud, what should you do with your stockpile of used data center equipment? A common mistake that enterprises make is either to throw out their old hardware or pay someone to remove it, Frank Muscarello, cofounder and CEO of IT hardware trading exchange MarkITx, said in an article by William Toll on the ProfitBricks blog. Pointing out that the market for used IT computers and other gear is north of $300 billion, Muscarello recommended that enterprises should try a hardware exchange to recoup some IT budget cash.
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Junking your old IT hardware

After migrating to the cloud, what should you do with your stockpile of used data center equipment? A common mistake that enterprises make is either to throw out their old hardware or pay someone to remove it, Frank Muscarello, cofounder and CEO of IT hardware trading exchange MarkITx, said in an article by William Toll on the ProfitBricks blog. Pointing out that the market for used IT computers and other gear is north of $300 billion, Muscarello recommended that enterprises should try a hardware exchange to recoup some IT budget cash.

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Stratustician
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2/4/2015 | 2:33:40 PM
Re: Think about a backout strategy
I'll also support this.  When cloud started emerging as a mainstream business model, vendor lock-in was a huge issue mostly due to the platform disparity.  Now that more and more cloud providers offer flexibility in the underlying platform, its less of an issue, but getting data out and knowing where the legalities and service provider terms affect backing out is still quite a mess when it comes to navigating.
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2/4/2015 | 12:18:59 PM
Re: Think about a backout strategy
The backout strategy is an important factor. It is related to the long-term business outlook for the cloud vendor. What happens if a new player in the market disappears? Know what you need to know to protect your company's digital assets.
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2/4/2015 | 10:38:30 AM
Think about a backout strategy
Cloud providers make it easy to put data in, but getting it out is more complicated and costly.  Enterprises evaluating cloud solutions should give some thought to a backout strategy when they evaluate cloud vendors.  Having an idea of how difficult it would be to unwind an investment in cloud and move the data to another location, either a different cloud service provider or back to an on-premises solution should be part of the evaluation process.  Even if there isn't an easy solution to this, it makes sense to be aware of just how hard it would be if you have to get out of the deal for any reason, including dissatisfaction, high cost, cloud provider going out of business or changing strategy, poor performance, etc.
Charlie Babcock
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2/3/2015 | 6:44:07 PM
Optimze app for cloud? Or optimize cloud for app?
On number 5, you can tweak the app to run on some set virtual server in the cloud, or you can right-size the virtual server through experience and performance feedback. Recommencd the latter. Maybe it's a chicken and egg problem.
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