Define Your Business Objectives
Cloud migration projects require a complete understanding of your business applications. Begin by having a full audit of your applications and define the project scope:
- Make a list of your applications
- Identify which applications add value and which ones don’t
- Find out which applications can add more weight to the cloud
It would help if you also considered any dependencies between applications. Several companies run a complex web of related applications, and shifting one application can affect the dependent application, disrupting your business.
Define the Criteria for Success
Clearly define the KPIs to measure success and identify failure in your cloud migration project. Defining KPIs aligned with your business objectives helps you track and measure success better. Here are a few important KPIs you can measure before and after the cloud migration:
Availability: Will migrating to the cloud improve access for end-users? This is typically measured based on the amount of downtime per year.
Costs: Will the maintenance and support costs reduce when you migrate to the cloud? You must also include the costs of change management and training for your team.
Scalability: How quickly do you need to scale up or scale down? Can your existing on-premise system withstand heavy load during peak times or remain idle during a decline in usage?
Operational Load: Will the operational load on your systems reduce after cloud migration? Can you save time and money by deploying and configuring your systems in the cloud compared to on-premises?
Latency and Speed: Will your end-users be able to access the systems faster with a geographically distributed cloud network? Will there be any lag due to it?
Choose the Right Cloud Provider
Automate the Migration Process
Select the Right Migration Strategy
There are six common cloud migration strategies, known as the 6 R’s:
Rehost: You can clone your servers and move them to a chosen cloud provider’s infrastructure (IaaS).
Replatform: You can transfer your applications to the cloud while modernizing certain application parts.
Refactor: You can modify the application code to leverage cloud capabilities better.
Repurchase: You can move your applications to off-the-shelf, SaaS-based solutions.
Retire: You can eliminate applications that you don’t use anymore.
Retain: You can retain applications that cannot be changed or migrated.
Migrating to the cloud requires an effective backup and recovery plan. When there are issues with data stored on-premises, your IT staff can assist by reloading the data from backup drives into your applications. This is not an option in the cloud, but there are some steps you can take:
- Adopt cloud-native backup tools, cloud migration services, and best practices from your cloud provider for safe and convenient backups.
- Develop a robust data governance policy with access controls and ensure that the right people access the correct data.
- Train your staff to work with cloud applications to reduce mistakes and minimize accidental data loss.
- Protect critical data by identifying and flagging it for anti-deletion and create backups just in case something goes wrong.
- Most cloud providers offer flexible and automated data backups. Conduct repeated tests to determine how your automated backup strategy performs in case of a disaster and make adjustments if necessary.
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