Before organizations attempt to implement AWS, it’s important to understand which challenges can cause bumps on your migration roadmap. Here are five key challenges that organizations must seek to overcome:
Lack of In-House Expertise
Amazon Web Services doesn’t just have a learning curve – it has a learning cliff. As a result, many IT departments without a sizeable amount of exposure to AWS will have significant issues wrapping their minds around this highly configurable, feature-rich cloud.
This doesn’t just mean that IT teams will struggle to optimally configure your organization’s cloud deployment. It also means that your organization may spend a significant amount of time and money on support from Amazon’s experts. Over time, this can take a significant toll on an organization, both operationally and financially.
Security and Compliance
When transferring data from on-premises to the cloud, it’s common for stakeholders to be concerned with security risks and licensing compliance. Due to AWS being a public cloud, IT teams will be under additional pressure to ensure that all data is controlled. After all, the more cloud resources that an organization has, the higher their risk of a data breach.
While AWS has had no controversies involving sensitive data, organizations are still justified in their trepidation. If a breach compromises any sensitive data, organizations can be subject to sizeable fines due to data protection laws. As a result, any advocates of launching an AWS solution must be ready to remedy these woes.
The success of an AWS adoption initiative strongly relies on the opinions and acceptance of business users. After all, a fundamental change in your organization’s IT infrastructure often requires alterations to teams, processes, and cultures.
This means that it’s important to fully understand the benefits and business implications of AWS before the deployment process begins. Once you have this foundational knowledge, then it’s necessary to demonstrate the value of AWS to every team that will interact with the cloud solution. Otherwise, members of your organization may find the complexity of AWS too intimidating to fully harness.
Migration and Performance
To get the right quality, reliability and performance from an AWS deployment, organizations must ensure that their cloud migration is as seamless as possible. Before the migration process begins, ensure that your organization has accounted for every feature, and third-party app that will be utilized on the cloud.
This is especially true for legacy systems. They are often a key part of business-critical operations, and their migration process is extremely complicated due to their age and complexity. Before beginning to move these programs, organizations must define an immediate, long-term solution that can accommodate them.
Predicting and controlling the expenses of an AWS migration is arguably the most difficult part of the process. Since AWS utilizes a scalable pricing structure, an organization’s total expense will rely on how many services are being hosted, and how many users are using AWS. While this is great for start-ups and newcomers to the cloud, the size and expense of a cloud deployment can quickly spiral out of control.