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Top 5 Mistakes Companies Make When They Move To The Cloud

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Youre moving to the cloud, and you may think the hard part the internal debates, politics, and budget calculating is behind you. Unfortunately, most companies make some basic mistakes and assumptions that make their migration to the cloud significantly more difficult. Cloud expert Joe Masters Emison points them out so that you can avoid them.


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Joe provides really good guidance here. When he says that all mistakes stem from the assumption that the cloud is similar to on-premise infrastructure, it drives home the major shift in thinking the cloud requires for infrastructure design and maintenance.

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Some companies dont spend enough time in cloud security, They often expose their security in name of concerns, and their cost of risk rises significantly.

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I agree, aditshar1. I think organizations mistakenly assume that security will work the same in the cloud as on premise -- similar to the other mistakes Joe describes. There are a lot of special considerations.

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@aditshar:  I totally agree with you. I think you hit the nail on the head when you many companies do not spend enough time on cloud security. Its a huge mistake to make!

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Good Point @aditshar, I guess this is high time we need dedicated security team to attend data dispersal and international privacy laws.

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I guess CSP is not like girlfreind you can change any day but they are like wife, once you are married then you have no other choice but to coperate, so best is to choose wisely and pateintly. LOL

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@aditshar1...LOL! Nice comparison! But, yes, I agree with you,if only to prove that it is a complicated relationship. What needs to be emphasized here is that this is not something that one could just change and then let things flow. One has to stay on his feet and learn to adjust to "the changes that result from the change". Not all Cloud Service Providers are the same or work the same way, so, yes, the best thing to do is to avoid making hasty decisions. Take time to study your choices of CSPs before laying the cards down and choosing one. Consider, among other things, the cost, reliability, physical location of server, and, of course, security. Don't choose a CSP based on popularity if you don't want to regret your decision later on.

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To speak of physical location of the server, geographic location of the DC is something that is often overlooked.  Is it in tornado/earthquake/hurricane country?  What are the protections against outages?  How good and redundant is its connectivity with main municipal systems?  Etc., etc.

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Indeed, it's one thing to comply with one country's data privacy laws -- but a whole 'nother thing to comply with EVERY country's data privacy laws (especially where some are contradictory).  This makes highly scaled solutions that can move data around in such a way to be fully compliant all the more desirable and necessary.

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Great point @Joe. Different economic regions have their own unique laws and requirements.

Another consideration that IT departments should take into consideration is that in-house, resources can be allocated based on budgetary constraints while, in the cloud budgetary constraints can be challenged if the value that is being generated is an opportunity that cannot be missed. However, IT will have to think like a business department and not like a support department, if any real value is to flow towards the business as a whole.

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Really good points raised . Thank you for sharing.

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nice post