Here are five things to consider when migrating and running NFS shared storage in the cloud:
1. Maintain the Current NFS File Structures
You don't want to change NFS file constructs if your application already uses them. You should minimize file structure and application changes when transitioning to the cloud. The goal is to optimize performance by maximizing throughput, minimizing latency, and providing high availability simultaneously.
2. Ensure Business Continuity
During cloud migrations, it is essential to factor in downtime due to natural disasters and system failures. There are three components to ensuring business continuity:
- Maintaining high availability while minimizing data loss and recovery time.
- Deploying applications to be highly available and resilient to disasters or infrastructure failures.
- Having complete access during migration to the cloud while you continue to sync and update your systems after the initial migration.
3. Protect File Data
Cloud security should be your top priority to ensure that access to the file system is always under your control. Data security must be addressed at all levels to prevent losses. Data security and privacy regulations must also be met in the new environment.
4. Use Automation
You should automate the cloud migration process to save operational costs and time when deploying and managing multiple databases. Automating administrative tasks such as creating databases, managing backups, and monitoring is easy.
5. Cut Costs
When your NFS file shares are migrated correctly, you can reduce migration costs, lower ongoing cloud service costs, and minimize or eliminate developer costs. Data tiering enables you to run infrequently used, low-performance workloads on inexpensive storage and move high-performance workloads to high-performance drives.