This article originally appeared in InformationWeek, a partner publication.
Moving from on-site servers to the cloud is a complex process that demands careful planning and a thorough understanding of both cloud operations and vendor requirements. It also helps to avoid falling victim to one or more of the common errors that can make a cloud transition more challenging than it has to be. Here are the five top traps you need to watch out for:
Failing to Define Specific Goals
Many new cloud adopters move forward with muddled and confused objectives, driving their transition with no clear barometers of success, said Jeremy Roberts, a consulting analyst with Info-Tech Research Group. "The cloud is not good for its own sake; it should exist in the service of a business goal," he explained. "Unfortunately, in their zeal to get out of the data center, this critical detail is sometimes overlooked."
The cloud should never be viewed as a panacea for current data center woes. "Bad cloud deployment can be more expensive than [operating] a premises-based solution and can introduce performance and management headaches that aren't justified by any benefits," Roberts said.
The cloud is like any other tool; the trick is to apply it correctly, Roberts noted. The cloud also encompasses areas beyond IT. "For many organizations, it represents a fundamentally new way of thinking about operations," he said. The enterprise will have to adapt to a self-service, measured, elastic way of doing things to leverage the cloud fully. "If that's not going to happen, the cloud might be more trouble than it’s worth," Roberts warned.
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