With the current digital era, it may feel like migration from legacy systems to the cloud is an effortless task, just similar to drag and drop, but it is not. After all, migration to the cloud is not just a task of uploading every single thing on a cloud! It demands accurate transfer of the complete data without any loss. Many organizations have experienced a failure during migration activities. You might succeed in the primary move, but you may sure-shot face some issues post-migration that will cost a lot to your organization. So, why is it so difficult? And, why is it still so essential that you should migrate to the cloud? We will see ahead.
on from legacy systems to cloud is an effortless task, just similar to drag and drop, but it is not. After all, migration to the cloud is not just a task of uploading every single thing on a cloud! It demands accurate and lossless transfer of all the data. Many organizations have experienced a failure during migration activities. You might succeed in the primary move, but you may sure-shot face some issues post-migration that will cost a lot to your organization. So, why is it so difficult? And, why is it still so essential that you should migrate to the cloud? We will see ahead.
THE MASSES ARE NOT ALWAYS RIGHT
Just because everyone is migrating to the cloud doesn’t mean you too have to just go with the flow. Your applications might not be suitable for the cloud, and they still are valued by your employees, partners, and customers. Apart from the application being any standard VoIP contact or phone service, and cloud computing – you must have a full-fledged plan to work migration out. Planning things can cause delays and constantly changing demands pressure up the IT infrastructure. You need to be variable to these demands, else the below issues can multiply the risks of your legacy systems –
- Aging Infrastructure
- Scarcity Of Resources
- Performance Issues
- Security Risks
- Corrupted Data
- Maintenance Costs
- Compliance Issues
If you don’t address these issues then your legacy systems will become obsolete in due course of time and a vital change will have to be made to stay competitive and compliant with the law.
You can take an example of Windows XP here! Windows XP quickly became popular after its launch in 2001, so much so that people were not ready to leave it even when the Vista version appeared in 2007! Moreover, when Microsoft ceased supporting XP in 2014, people still used it illicitly because of the experience it gave to them. So, relate your legacy infrastructure to XP. If people continue to use it, at one point or the other, they are going to face numerous problems. Even while migrating to the cloud, several issues can creep up in creating system compatibility and even your users will need time to adjust. But, fear not! All you need is an appropriate cloud service provider that can help you out in providing precise solutions and help you in your digital transformation.
Now, let us have a look at the challenges of migrating legacy applications to the cloud and what points you need to check before you decide to migrate.
THE CHALLENGES OF LEGACY SYSTEM MIGRATION TO CLOUD
Just migrating your legacy system to the cloud won’t make it magically perform fantastically with compliance and security. You need to find a proper hosting partner that offers you high-end technology, skilled people who carry out smooth processes, and continuous monitoring of your resources.
The hosting partner you are looking for should have the following things for the benefit of your company –
- A wide array of experience in architecture and deployment
- Superior engineering skills
- The application expertise
- Accurate consulting capabilities
The first thing you need to do is a full-scale tune-up of the complete system by which, it will become acquiescent to the cloud. Think of this as a broken engine desperately needing maintenance and repair. You can’t just fit the old engine into a new car body and expect it to run just fine. You will have to fine-tune it, and in some cases, also re-construct the engine’s foundation to get the expected results.
Besides, the transformation and migration process also involves the below given aspects –
- Understanding customer’s pain points
- Finding broken elements and blind spots
- Using time-tested design patterns to tweak and tune the engine
- Surrounding your applications with robust secure infrastructure
- Implementing high availability strategies to eliminate problems
These aspects ensure that the migration process happens smoothly. The consultative and proactive attitude towards the migration process with a comprehensive understanding of the applications will result in a clean, boosted, and sharp working engine, i.e., the infrastructure of your legacy system. The goal should be to create enough pliability so that your applications are able to provide the expected service. If you also think, that your legacy system needs migration to the cloud or you have some doubts about what exactly you could and could not migrate to the cloud, then please contact us. ESDS is happy to help you.
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