For IT leaders, it’s not news that migrating databases to the cloud is a complex process fraught with risk.

Even as more organizations adopt a cloud-first strategy, serious concerns about data security remain. A 2016 SANS survey revealed that while 40% of organizations store sensitive data in the cloud, 62% are concerned about unauthorized data access. A full 10% reported experiencing a breach related to cloud implementation.

This shows that while IT decision-makers feel pressure to migrate to the cloud, cloud readiness remains an open question.

Before jumping into a database migration project, assess your organization for cloud readiness by considering these prerequisites:

1. Your organization understands its goals in cloud migration.

Cloud migration is most effective when organizations are able to clearly outline specific goals in moving to the cloud. Common goals include improving organizational efficiency and agility while reducing physical infrastructure maintenance costs.

2. You understand the structure of your applications and how they interact with your data.

Your organization is most likely already deploying some SaaS applications. To successfully move databases into the cloud, you’ll need to develop a comprehensive understanding of what your applications do and how they access sensitive organizational data.

3. You can set and enforce clear policies about cloud access and governance.

Most organizations find that existing cybersecurity policies are inadequate for cloud migration. You’ll need to understand the shared responsibility model and implement policies that work for your new cloud infrastructure. Develop policies and enforcement strategies for data access.

4. You have created a database roadmap for your organization.

To succeed in your cloud migration, you need a clear plan of which databases and workloads to migrate where. Develop a timeline and detailed plan of action for cloud migration.

5. You have a plan for backing up your data.

While the cloud offers many advantages over on-premises data storage, you’ll still need to understand how your data will be backed up and planned responses to a database failure.

6. Your IT department has access to skilled DBAs or on-demand DBA services to oversee implementation.

Cloud migration is a specialized skill. If you don’t have in-house DBAs who have done cloud migration before, it can be helpful to hire on-demand DBA services who can help you create and execute a plan for migration.

7. Your organization has consulted with outside database consulting services to conduct a cloud readiness assessment.

The best way to ensure that your organization really is cloud ready is to conduct a cloud readiness assessment, preferably with help from an expert third party. The cloud readiness assessment can not only help you determine cloud readiness but also develop a plan for what kind of cloud infrastructure is best for your organization.

Ready for a cloud readiness assessment? Contact Ntirety to learn more about how to get started.