Cloud Migration Services
Selecting the right cloud migration services is the first step in a company’s journey to agility and greater profitability.
By now, most organizations realize that moving to a virtual environment is the right path- anything else is simply prolonging the inevitable and preventing the organization from taking its rightful place as a fierce competitor. The only questions, then, are the hows and the whens.
Three Steps Included in Cloud Migration Services
Moving to a virtual environment is not something that happens overnight. It’s a strategic process that’s carried out over a period of weeks, months, or even years, depending on the number of applications and the amount of data that’s being transferred. While there may be additional steps to cope with unique situations an organization might face, cloud migration services are generally broken up into three steps.
The planning phase is arguably the most crucial of all the other steps, as failure to be diligent and detailed when creating the roadmap almost ensures something will go awry during the move. Moreover, the planning stage actually consists of several steps of its own- all of which must be carried out with precision.
Assessment: Existing apps and infrastructure are assessed to determine what the right virtual environment is for any given application. Additionally, each application may need a different form of modernization in order to be ready for the cloud. The needs of each application will also be noted during the assessment.
Prioritization: When a cloud migration services expert is brought on board, the specialist spends time getting to know what the businesses needs and overall goals are. This information, paired with the urgency of modernization for any given app, is used to set a prioritization list.
Option Exploration: Sometimes, applications are moved in their entirety to third-party environments, while other times the application is not fit to continue as-is. When this is the case, the application may be able to be taken apart and rebuilt in the new environment, with or without improvements. Occasionally, the benefits of trying to move or reuse an application are small and the difficulty is great- perhaps even impossible. If this should occur, then the only sensible solution is to purchase or build a new application and transfer data when applicable. No matter what is decided, each choice comes with benefits, risks, and compromises. An experienced cloud migration services provider will spend time discussing all this with the company’s decision makers, so that everyone can feel confident moving forward.
Roadmap: Armed with all this information, a comprehensive roadmap of each migration and the steps necessary to complete it is created. Again, roadmaps may take weeks, months, or years to carry out, depending on the complexity of the move.
#2 Readiness and Migration
During the second stage, individual apps are modernized and prepared for the move. Then, applications are transferred to the new environment one at a time and tested rigorously before deployment.
#3 Management and Monitoring
Lastly, the applications are ready to be adopted by the masses. The IT department should be monitoring their health, as well as the value they’ve added to the company.
Best Practices for Selecting Cloud Migration Services
Go independent. App developers will likely try to sway a company into purchasing all new apps, rather than extending the life of existing ones, and many cloud migration services providers only work with one or a handful of environments. This makes it difficult for them to provide unbiased advice.
Don’t move too fast. Again, most errors or problems that arise during a move occur because a step was missed or something was overlooked during the planning phase. Take all the time necessary to create an airtight plan and explore all options before moving anything.
Find a listener. A good agency will listen and ask lots of questions to get to the heart of a company’s needs.
Look for an understanding of the lifecycle. Even legacy applications may be able to remain in use for some time, though likely not without some form of intervention.
Be aware of security and regulatory guidelines. If a pro that understands the organization’s industry is providing the cloud migration services, the representatives are likely to already have a firm understanding of how potentially sensitive information must be managed. If not, the in-house team must be aware of all requirements and double-checking the right protocols are followed.
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