7 obstacles organizations face when migrating legacy data into the cloud

Archive360 says that some of the biggest obstacles are concerns over compliance, security, infrastructure, and uncertainty regarding budget requirements.

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Many organizations see the move to the cloud as a way of reducing risks, improving efficiency, and complying with regulatory requirements. The road to the cloud can be bumpy. Migration to the cloud of legacy technologies can be difficult because many were built for on-premises use. Archive360, a migration software provider, recently examined the challenges and concerns surrounding cloud migrations of legacy information.

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The report is titled “The New Report”.Future of Legacy Application Data and the Cloud” (PDF). This report is based upon a survey conducted by Pulse and Archive360 in May and Juni 2021. This survey was completed by 200 executives in enterprise technology from North America, EMEA, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Only 35% store more than half their legacy app data on the cloud. Some 65% of respondents store less than half their data in the cloud. But, 80.5% said migrating legacy data to the cloud should be a priority in the next 12 months. Only 5% didn’t think this was a priority.

46% of executives were asked why they would want to move their legacy data from on-premises to the cloud. 38.5% of executives cited cost savings as their main reason for moving to the cloud, while 8.5% stated business intelligence or analytics.

The survey asked respondents to identify features and benefits that would motivate them to migrate legacy data to the cloud. 66% cited the integration of legacy and current data as their main benefit. Cloud computing is a central way to manage all data, including Office 365 data. Other reasons included data security, encryption, advanced records administration, artificial intelligence-powered regulatory compliance checking and fast, accurate centralized searches.

Anxiety over cyberattacks and cyberthreats can also play a part in the decision to migrate your legacy data. 42% of the respondents indicated that cybersecurity and ransomware threats had either significantly or slightly accelerated their migration plans. Nearly 90% of those surveyed stated that their SaaS vendors aren’t meeting their security requirements. Over a quarter of respondents reported that their cloud-based data had been compromised in a cyberattack.

Cloud migration can be frustrating and difficult due to key obstacles and barriers. Respondents highlighted the following seven obstacles when asked about their top challenges in migrating legacy data to the cloud:

  1. 60% of respondents cite concerns over compliance and regulation, including global privacy regulations.
  2. 55% of respondents cite concerns about security and infrastructure.
  3. 51% cited uncertainty about cloud adoption budget requirements, including total cost of ownership, and return on investment.
  4. 50% cited the volume and complexity of data that must be migrated.
  5. According to 45%, the reason for not having sufficient technical resources or talent to carry out the migration was lack of skills.
  6. 18% cited the lack of total ownership and control over cloud data.
  7. 18% cited questions surrounding cloud information management such as granular retention and defensible disposal, eDiscovery/legal holds, security, etc.

Tibi Popp, Archive360’s co-founder and chief technology officer, stated that while enterprises have long desired to move their legacy data to the cloud, it has not been realized in full-fledged cloud adoption or data migration. “The obvious benefits of such an initiative must be balanced against potential risks, due to the fact that many SaaS-based technologies were built in on-premises environments. These technologies can’t address emerging security or compliance priorities. We are now more certain than ever that cloud architectures will not be fully utilized until new technologies are adopted.

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