Cloud computing has been a trend, and people have no doubts about cloud-first potential but are instead discussing the planning, moving, and maintaining risks that come with this kind of transformation. The conversation related to cloud-first comes with loads of debate on security, identity, governance, and compliance. But are we ignoring other small risks revolving around the cloud-first?


When it comes to massive transformations, enterprises tend to remain optimistic about cloud performance. While cloud might give the illusion of a single service, it is, in fact, a cluster of service providers and networks that can influence the performance of the overall service.

For example, e-commerce retailers rely on dedicated cloud server hosting like AWS to host their services while using third-party APIs for payments and other features. Depending on the third-party APIs and unpredictable internet service can put at performance risk.

Making Wrong Assumptions about UX

Not all cloud platforms are the same or offer the same level of services. SaaS architectures can be different based on your application. For example, Salesforce connects its user in a different way than Microsoft SharePoint. IaaS vendors offer diverse architectures as well, specifically based on the traffic directed to their private backbone. On the other hand, AWS leads traffic into the network nearest to the destination.

Lacking in-depth knowledge about the architecture of cloud apps frequently results in wrong expectations regarding cloud performance. Assuming that your users from Asia and America will have the same digital and latency experience while connecting to SharePoint is a big no-no. With proactive planning, you can understand the readiness life cycle and baseline performance pre-migration. The beforehand planning and preparations will provide the right data to make informed decisions related to your cloud apps’ performance.

Vendor Lock-in

While the cloud has been around for a while, it is still a fairly new concept and remains an unknown scary black box. The majority of the enterprises have or are planning to migrate to the cloud. Being conservative, companies are still eager to harness the full potential of clouds by adopting a single-vendor cloud hosting.

While it is a good way to enter the cloud world, in the long run, having a single-vendor cloud service can risk vendor lock-in. It can impact your enterprise’s agility, increase cost, and reduce your access to best-of-breed features. Going with the multi-cloud approach will help enterprises avoid negative consequences.

Operational Impact

The mechanics of troubleshooting in clouds are very different from the traditional ones. Before clouds were introduced, in the WAN environment, troubleshooting was handled within the boundaries of the enterprise. In a Cloud Hosting environment, you don’t own network and infrastructure, identifying the problem within can be troubling and time-consuming.

Another thing about fault resolution in cloud widens the gap between troubleshooting and recovery time. This is because, despite figuring out the problem, fixing it would be beyond your control.

Enterprises failing to understand these operational complications can end up setting unrealistic SLA expectations. This could risk the success of your cloud projects. While planning for the transformation, a clear escalation process, and producing evidence for efficient service provider growth is crucial.

While making a move, security concerns related to the new environment would always be on top of your head. However, with proper planning, base lining, performance, and operational practices, you can increase your chances of successful cloud migration.