What you should know when migrating into the cloud
Cloud migration is the process of moving data, applications, and other IT resources from on-premises servers to cloud-based platforms. As already stated, it can offer many benefits, such as scalability, security, cost-efficiency, and innovation. However, cloud migration can also be complex, risky, and time-consuming. That’s why our company is the best partner for your cloud migration journey. We have the expertise, experience, and tools to help you plan, execute, and optimize your cloud migration with minimal disruption and maximum value. We can help you assess your current IT environment, design a cloud strategy that aligns with your business goals, select the best cloud provider and platform for your needs, migrate your data and applications with speed and accuracy, and manage your cloud operations with best practices and continuous improvement. Whether you want to migrate to a public, private, or hybrid cloud, we can help you achieve a successful and seamless cloud migration that will transform your IT and your business.
So, after all, why cloud computing?
Cost saving is one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing. It helps businesses save substantial capital costs as it does not require any physical hardware investments. This means that businesses do not need to invest in purchasing and maintaining expensive hardware such as servers and storage devices. Additionally, businesses do not need to hire trained personnel to maintain the hardware as the buying and managing of equipment is done by the cloud service provider .
Cloud computing also offers flexible pricing models that allow businesses to choose the most suitable option based on their usage and budget. This includes pay-as-you-go options, committed use discounts, and sustained use discounts .
Some basic things to keep in mind
Migrating your IT infrastructure to the cloud can be a complex and challenging process, but it can also bring many benefits for your organization, such as cost savings (already mentioned), scalability, security and innovation. To ensure a successful migration, you need to follow some key steps that will help you plan, execute and optimize your cloud journey. Here are some of the most important steps to consider:
- Define your migration goals and objectives. Why do you want to move to the cloud? What are the expected outcomes and benefits? How will you measure success? These are some of the questions you need to answer before starting your migration project. Having clear and realistic goals will help you align your migration strategy with your business strategy and prioritize your workloads and resources.
- Assess your current IT environment and workloads. You need to have a comprehensive inventory of your existing servers, applications, databases and dependencies. You also need to evaluate their performance, availability, security and compliance requirements. This will help you identify which workloads are suitable for cloud migration and which ones need to be modernized or retired.
- Choose the right cloud migration partner and provider. Depending on your needs and capabilities, you may want to work with a cloud migration partner who can offer you guidance, support and expertise throughout your migration project. You also need to choose a cloud provider that can meet your technical and business requirements, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform.
- Create a business case and a budget for your cloud migration. You need to estimate the costs and benefits of moving to the cloud, including the initial investment, the ongoing operational costs and the potential savings. You can use tools like the total cost of ownership (TCO) calculator to compare the costs of running your workloads on-premises versus in the cloud.
- Select the type of cloud environment and the migration strategy that best suit your needs. You need to decide whether you want to use a public, private or hybrid cloud model, depending on your security, scalability and flexibility needs. You also need to choose a migration strategy that matches your goals and workloads, such as rehosting, replatforming or refactoring.
- Plan and design your cloud architecture and landing zone. You need to design a cloud architecture that supports your workloads and meets your performance, availability, security and compliance standards. You also need to create a landing zone, which is a set of resources and policies that define where and how your workloads will run in the cloud.
- Implement and execute your migration plan. You need to follow a structured and iterative process to migrate your workloads to the cloud, using tools like Azure Migrate or Azure Database Migration Service. You also need to test and validate your migrated workloads to ensure they function properly in the cloud.
- Optimize and monitor your cloud environment. After migrating your workloads to the cloud, you need to optimize them for performance, efficiency and cost. You can use tools like Azure Advisor or Azure Cost Management to get recommendations and insights on how to improve your cloud environment. You also need to monitor your workloads for availability, reliability and security using tools like Azure Monitor or Azure Security Center.