Migrating to the cloud can come with certain traps that companies must avoid to make sure that they are successfully benefiting from all of the advantages of cloud based systems.
[Pacific Life’s IT department] didn’t expect the complexity that moving to Amazon can bring “because you can do so much in there you need a way to control that and visualize that,” says Vigil. Pacific Life is using Dome9 for network security, which he says gives IT visibility into their workloads in AWS and the ability to troubleshoot if one application or system can’t talk to another.
Another so-called “gotcha” was the amount of governance required in the cloud. “On-premises, there are siloed functions, so you may have a couple of engineers that do firewalls and others doing engineering, so it’s more difficult to make a mistake, whereas in AWS, you assign a system admin a particular amount of access,’’ Vigil says. “So it’s quite easy to do the wrong thing quickly if they don’t know what they’re doing.”
While cloud migration offers a lot of benefits to companies including ease of use and potential cost savings, the process must be well managed so as not to cause more problems during the transition.
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