Cloud infrastructure can provide a host of benefits to an organization, including improved flexibility, scalability, and cost reduction. However, the process of migrating resources from on-prem data centers to cloud-based infrastructure must be carefully designed to ensure that an organization achieves the full benefits of the cloud and the migration process is secure.
Cloud migration is the process of moving some or all ofan organization’s digital resources from on-prem data centers to cloud-based infrastructure. This can include the migration of applications, databases, services, and other IT resources. Cloud migration can be as simple as a “lift and shift” of resources from traditional IT infrastructure to the cloud or as complex as completely rearchitecting applications to be cloud-native.
Cloud computing provides a number of benefits to an organization compared to a traditional on-prem data center. Making the move to the cloud enables an organization to improve operational efficiency, application performance, and the agility and scalability of their IT infrastructure.
Cloud-based infrastructure offers significant benefits to a company, including:
While cloud migration can provide major benefits, it also comes with challenges, such as:
The cloud migration process can be broken up into five main steps, including:
A move to the cloud requires adaptations to a corporate security strategy. Security models and tools that are well-suited to a perimeter-based security model for on-prem IT resources may not be effective in a cloud environment.
A cloud migration strategy should include planning for security at all stages of the migration process. In addition to designing a cloud security strategy for its IT resources after the migration, a company should plan to secure resources at intermediate stages. A complex cloud migration could take weeks, and IT resources must be secured at all stages of the process.
Securing IT resources throughout the cloud migration process requires flexible solutions that provide security integration for on-prem and cloud-based resources. To learn more about securely performing cloud migration, check out this whitepaper.
Check Point CloudGuard provides robust security for all stages of the cloud migration process and offers industry-leading cloud network security, painless cloud security posture management (CSPM), and other cloud security capabilities. To learn more about developing a secure cloud architecture, check out this cloud security blueprint. For help in selecting a cloud network security solution, download this buyer’s guide. Then, sign up for a free demo to see how CloudGuard can meet your organization’s cloud security needs.