Hidden cloud migration gotchas — and how to avoid them

Building a technology stack from scratch in the cloud can be a dream — if you’re a startup. But if you’re an established company steeped in on-premises solutions, shifting to the cloud can mean unexpected hurdles and headaches beyond belief.

Companies looking to make good on the benefits of moving to the cloud need to go in with eyes wide open. To be sure, the much discussed benefits of the cloud — in terms of time to market, cost savings, the ability to scale resources as needed, and so on — are real. But enterprise cloud adopters say they have been surprised by some of the lesser-documented challenges migrating to the cloud brings, such as the difficulty in changing traditional mindsets, the lack of visibility into the new infrastructure, the cost of data transfers, governance issues and how licensing agreements need to be revised or new ones negotiated.

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CIO Cloud Computing

IDG Contributor Network: How to avoid downtime and disruption when moving data

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2017 is here, and hopefully it will present a fresh opportunity to review some of the cloud’s limitations in this area.

Some 60 percent of all enterprise IT workloads will be run in some form of public or private cloud by as soon as next year, according to 451 Research’s latest estimate. It projects particularly strong growth in critical categories, including data analytics and core business applications. Findings from IDC, Gartner and Forrester present broadly the same picture—that the cloud is rapidly becoming central rather than peripheral to general IT provision.

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Network World Cloud

2 tips to avoid sticker shock in the cloud

If you build big data systems in the public cloud, you know that it costs money to move data in and out of the cloud — that is, network traffic. Public cloud providers vary on this expense, and it changes all the time.

Regardless of the fluctuating prices, if you’re running huge databases in a public cloud, you need to consider the data traffic you’re consuming.

Here are two tips that I have learned after having done a few of these:

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

3 tips to avoid disaster in your cloud migration

Enterprises are migrating to the cloud in big ways these days. However, the number of moving parts leave many people in IT a bit perplexed — and fearful that they could be making major mistakes.

The reality is that cloud migration is new, so best practices and enabling technologies have yet to emerge. Moreover, there is the added complexity of devops, big data, and the Internet of things. How the heck do you fit those in too?

Having done a ton of these migrations in the last few years, I can give you basic advice about how to manage the complexities of migrating to the cloud. Use these tips to get a jump start. And make sure your very first step is to learn all you can about cloud migration in general.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing