While cloud migration brings many benefits to the organization like increased agility, better resource utilization, adaptability and cost reduction, it may also bring of array of challenges. Migration from on-premises to cloud infrastructure keeps you on toes during the process. You need to keep security tabs on your data and applications, monitor operational costs and match your speed with the constantly changing cloud technologies. These factors need to be addressed in due course, as lack of appropriate cost calculation might drain organizational resources. Here three major reasons why organization need to make cost assessment, a part of their cloud migration plan:
- Professional assessment offers clear picture:
Often, organizations rush to migrate their data on cloud overlooking the fact they didn’t made a migration plan. Hiring a professional assessor is an ideal step to start with. By doing so organization can get a clear view of their migration requirements, suitable cloud platform options, infrastructure cost, migration cost and maintenance costs. The assessor will measure the effect of each factor that contributes to cloud infrastructure cost and will present a migration roadmap before you.
- Strategic migration of resources:
Cost assessment of each resource used in the organization is necessary before migration because one should only pay and migrate the resources that are in utilization, otherwise there are many resources that are available in the organization but seldom used. It is essential to ascertain and categorize resources according to their usage, as some need to be online round the clock will incur more cost for automatic start-up and shut down on cloud, while other less important resources can be retained on-premises. Strategic migration plan can lead minimum wastage of money and time.
- Maintaining backup may cost:
Unnecessary files on operating system may not harm you as they hardly acquire disk space but such files may cost you a fortune on cloud. On cloud everything comes with a price, so identify such files and applications and get rid of them before migration process. Creating replicas of insignificant files will also waste time and funds. Therefore, comprehensively create backup maintenance and storage strategy to avoid unnecessary expenses.
Once the organization assess different factors and cost, then only it is wise to make migration decision. If the cost incurred by the organization in current setup is less than the costs that would be incurred upon cloud migration, then go ahead and reap the benefits that the new platform has to offer.