Migrating to the Cloud Myths

3 Common Myths About Migrating to the Cloud

When moving operation infrastructure to the cloud, there are a lot of misconceptions that can cause efforts to falter. Here are 3 of those misconceptions:

“We have to move everything to the cloud.”

This might work for some, but it is by no means universal. Lots of companies are embracing hybrid environments in which some parts of the system are in a hosted cloud environment and others on-premise. One form of this is edge computing, which puts information processing as close as possible to the location where it will be used. Xbox is an example of edge computing. Profile backups and authentication are handled by the cloud. Content can be downloaded from the store, and patches are dispatched from a central location. Saved games and configurations, once synchronized with the online account, are processed and updated locally.

“We have to migrate everything at once.”

The idea that a network swap must take place in one move is a recipe for disaster. A business looking to move to a cloud infrastructure is far better served by first moving smaller, less critical systems, and resolving any emerging issues at that time. The kinks can be worked out before the mission-critical systems are migrated. Special care must be taken with auditing and logging processes. It is highly unlikely that the existing system will continue to work in the new setup.

“My current software licenses will be adequate.”

This is a tricky topic. The particulars depend a lot on specific license agreements and when software licenses have been purchased. For instance, Microsoft now requires Software Assurance with License Mobility Rights to use on-premises license in a multi-tenant commercial cloud environment. This applies to any software purchased after October 1, 2019.

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