16 Aug 2019
Traps That DevOps Experts Should Avoid During Cloud Migration
Judelyn Gomes
#Latest Blogs | 5 Min Read
In recent years, organizations have started to take advantage of the IT modernization and shifting of cloud-based solutions. Business agility is one of the key factors to sustain amid a competitive market and meet the demands of the customers. Smart organizational owners prefer to get hold of the cloud and its related technologies especially for reaping the long-awaited benefits.

The development and operations of software products are done as a result to keep pace with the evolving technical world. Due to the huge demand for software products, developing organizations have been using the DevOps experts to enable fast delivery.

Nowadays, DevOps experts are supporting organizations who are eager to achieve cloud migration. At this juncture, developing experts may face several challenges and get into certain traps while performing large-scale cloud migration. Continue reading to know the common mistakes and traps to avoid during cloud migration.

Cloud and Cloud Service Provider
The first and foremost mistake that every organization tends to commit, is by opting for a low-cost cloud and an ordinary cloud service provider. Organizations tend to perceive a pseudo thought, that all clouds are the same and the companies provide the same services for all clients.

Such organizations must understand that every cloud platform is unique and have different features. So, it is mandatory to look for the cloud service providers who offer suitable clouds to meet your organization’s demand and showcase features of flexibility and scalability. This would help DevOps experts to smoothly migrate the cloud.

Overloading of Data into Cloud
Once the cloud services are started some experts may plan to move everything to the cloud. Making use of the cloud for all processes may not be an avid solution. The DevOps experts should understand that all clouds would not support the applications ideally. It is therefore essential for DevOps professionals to evaluate the interoperability of the applications that are crucial for the business and the applications that are to be migrated to the new cloud environment.
Compatibility Issues in Operating System
The operating system is one of the major factors to be considered while performing a large-scale cloud migration. It is important for cloud migrating professionals to analyze the type of operating system that is currently running and its version.

Most of the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) providers enable several organizations to create Virtual Machines (VM) which can help them to make use of the recent operating system. It is of great necessity that an organization should ponder on the latest version operating system while doing a large-scale cloud migration. It is essential to check whether the required applications are running on the new operating system.

Availability of Software
It is mandatory to check if the third-party software can be reinstalled in the cloud during a large-scale migration. In case, it goes otherwise, the organization should have the software installation backup along with an exclusive option to download the same from the software developer. If DevOps experts fail to check the availability of certain software, it is the sole responsibility of the organization to pay for the software upgrades in order to have a hassle-free migration.
Database Server Issues
The server-based database is a major consideration while performing a large-scale cloud migration. The DevOps experts should maintain the condition of the application and update the version accordingly. Even changing the version of the server database application needs to be performed in a clear-cut manner, in order to avoid further complications.
Licensing Issues
In certain circumstances, the current license may not work with the cloud-based virtual machines. This is because, the software service providers tend to make use of the licensing mechanism, which may generate the license, based on various aspects of physical hardware.

A change in hardware signatures of the cloud service providers may be seen when new VMs are implemented. And so, it is important to keep track of licensing related issues and avoid relevant risks that can arise. On the other hand, if it is necessary to reinstall a large-scale application, the organization should acquire a new license or activation code from the service provider.

Security Issues
DevOps experts should never fail to ensure the security and safety of cloud migration. The less secured cloud services can lead to serious issues in the work environment and affect the growth of the organization. Therefore, every process should be carried out in a secured manner and it is necessary to ensure that the cloud applications are safe from data breaches, malware, and any other technical intrusions.

To conclude, these are some of the common traps to be avoided by DevOps experts during a large-scale cloud migration. The DevOps experts are advised to take a good time to audit the infrastructure and decide the cloud requirements of the existing application. Care should also be taken to keep a track of the cloud migration in order to avoid any hazardous outcomes.