7 Devastating Cloud Computing Mistakes You Need to Avoid

7 Devastating Cloud Computing Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Solutions Review details seven devastating cloud computing mistakes that your business must take steps to avoid making.

With so many business operations taking place inside the cloud, the cost of a cloud misconfiguration or poor cloud optimization can be very high. That’s why it’s crucial to know about common mistakes that companies make regarding cloud computing and how to avoid making them yourself. Below, we’ve listed seven mistakes that your cloud management and operations team must take steps to avoid.

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Not understanding the shared cloud responsibility model

When you use a cloud solution, both you and the solution provider are responsible for specific aspects of cloud security. Solutions providers will outline specific responsibilities for both themselves and your business in their service level agreement (SLA). This SLA should include information on the shared cloud responsibility model, which outlines exactly what your business and your cloud provider are in charge of managing for cloud security.

Ignoring the benefits of hybrid and multicloud deployments

The world of cloud computing is changing, and that change is coming in the forms of hybrid cloud and multicloud. More and more businesses are creating hybrid cloud and multicloud infrastructures, and if your company hasn’t considered the benefits of those deployments, it must do so. Hybrid and multicloud environments allow your business to avoid cloud vendor lock-in and take advantage of the strengths of different providers.

Not knowing where your cloud data is being stored

Your cloud data is stored on a server owned by your cloud provider — and those servers could be anywhere in the world. It’s not just important for your company to know where exactly your data is housed; it’s necessary if your company’s data needs to follow data regulations. When you store data in a cloud environment, your cloud provider needs to be able to tell you exactly which servers your data is stored on and where they’re located.

Migrating all your data at once

When you’re migrating to the cloud, it’s likely that your enterprise will mess something up when bringing your data onto the cloud. This is to be expected, but because of this, your organization needs to plan out its migration to the cloud in phases; first non-essential or test data, then business-critical or sensitive data. This way, if you make mistakes in your migration early on, you won’t be putting critical data at risk.

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Moving a workflow to the cloud for no reason

Cloud solutions have grown exceedingly powerful over the past decade, and it’s possible to perform just about any business task in the cloud. That doesn’t mean, however, that running a workflow or business task in the cloud will be more effective. Your team should evaluate the costs and benefits that moving a workflow or a collection of data onto your cloud environment; then, it can determine whether or not the migration will be worth it.

Misconfiguring cloud data during migration

Depending on your file types and the cloud environment you’re using, you might need to reconfigure your data to work inside the cloud while migrating it over. Running an application in the cloud, for example, might require more computing power than your cloud provider gives to you. Be sure to test any applications or projects you put into the cloud to ensure that they’re working properly.

Failing to properly delete unneeded cloud data

While you can delete cloud data, it doesn’t truly go away unless you destroy it with either data destruction software or physically destroying the hardware it’s contained on. You can’t use either of these methods for cloud data; instead, the provider will destroy it for you. The provider should state how it deletes data and the process by which a user requests data to be deleted. Otherwise, you can’t be 100% sure your data is safely wiped out.

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Daniel Hein