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3 Reasons Businesses Don’t Migrate to the Cloud
September 18th, 2017

3 Reasons Businesses Don’t Migrate to the Cloud

Kathi Fuhrman

Intuit predicts 80% of small businesses will move to cloud computing by 2020. MongoDB and Archive360 are just two of many companies who recently launched cloud-based versions of their legacy systems.C...

Intuit predicts 80% of small businesses will move to cloud computing by 2020. MongoDB and Archive360 are just two of many companies who recently launched cloud-based versions of their legacy systems.

Cloud-based data systems change the way you do business. Even with all the known benefits of migrating to the cloud, many businesses avoid it. Why? One, change is scary. For many businesses, it’s easier to maintain their current system than put effort into proper implementation. Proper implementation is vital to making any new changes in your business operations. Here are the top 3 reasons businesses hesitate to migrate to the cloud.

Here are the top 3 reasons businesses hesitate to migrate to the cloud.

Security issues

Cloud migration means you have to give up some control of your data by hosting it with an offsite provider. Giving up control is risky. You rely on the vendor to maintain safety measures and keep information secure. This control can be hard to give up as cyber breaches and security hacks continue to rise according to IDtheftcenter.org. These security issues vary by the nature of severity. Common security issues include:

  • Data loss and breaches
  • Insecure application programming interfaces
  • Denial or distributed denial of service

Each has its own unique set of damages. It’s not just your business you need to worry about – your customer’s information is at risk too.

Compliance

Compliance and regulations vary depending on your business’s industry. Migrating to the cloud extends compliance concerns from local government requirements to include federal requirements. Discuss compliance issues with your legal team and the potential cloud provider before making the switch. Important questions to consider include:

  • Who has access to the information?
  • Who is responsible for compliance regulations?
  • What security measures are in place to maintain compliance?
  • How is data sent to the cloud?
  • What is the data backup process?

Data sovereignty

Internationally-based cloud service providers are a greater risk to businesses. Data stored in another country falls under the national laws of the cloud hosting company. In addition to complying with state and federal laws, you also have to learn and comly with international laws. Data sovereignty is another hot topic to discuss with your legal team and potential provider. Additional questions to ask include:

  • What are the international compliance regulations?
  • How often do these change?
  • Who is responsible for maintaining compliance?
  • Is there a way to protect our data during legal matters?

Cloud migration continues to rise in popularity due to its cost-saving benefits. If Intuit’s predictions are true, cloud migration is a serious factor to consider moving forward. Before you make the jump, know how it impacts your business. Use these common reasons businesses avoid cloud migration to guide you through the research process.


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