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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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Not tuning your apps for the cloud
Here's another app-related misstep: When businesses migrate their most essential applications to the cloud, they often fail to check how those apps will perform in their new environment. For instance, apps running on an in-house data center can access the company's full computing power: server CPU, memory, storage, and so on. But as ISPFast.com, a company that connects businesses with Internet service providers, points out, those same apps in the cloud must share computing resources with other apps hosted on the cloud provider's servers. It's important for enterprises to tweak their apps to run optimally in the cloud.
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Not tuning your apps for the cloud

Here's another app-related misstep: When businesses migrate their most essential applications to the cloud, they often fail to check how those apps will perform in their new environment. For instance, apps running on an in-house data center can access the company's full computing power: server CPU, memory, storage, and so on. But as ISPFast.com, a company that connects businesses with Internet service providers, points out, those same apps in the cloud must share computing resources with other apps hosted on the cloud provider's servers. It's important for enterprises to tweak their apps to run optimally in the cloud.

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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.
jagibbons
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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.
reichmanIT
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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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