If you have decided to migrate your systems and process it to the Cloud, this is one of the biggest decisions you can make. It is a decision that will help you to take your business to the next level, and it will allow for far more innovation and creativity.
However. This is a difficult process that requires quite a bit of skill and patience – and if you do not have it, you might end up with some growing pains that you didn’t expect. Being able to migrate your systems to the Cloud quickly and easily isn’t necessarily the goal – it should be to migrate it without problems and added risk.
When you migrate systems and process to the Cloud, there are a few things you want to keep in mind to determine your Cloud Readiness and actually moving to the Cloud:
One of the most important decisions you can make is to choose the best Cloud provider for your services. There are quite a few to choose from, and it will depend on many different factors. If you know of a specific Cloud provider, make sure that you are looking beyond that. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it the best option.
Some of the most common options are Amazon Web Services, Azure IaaS, Azure PaaS, IBM Softlayer, Google App Engine, and Digital Ocean.
In order to determine which one you want, you need to look at the strengths and weaknesses of each and then look at what you actually need – why use a Cloud provider that has great strengths in areas you don’t need but is only middling where you need help? Some of the items you want to look at include capacity, cost, and upkeep.
Once you have chosen which Cloud provider you will use, you need to start the prep work for migration. Proper planning is key to a smooth transition, and if you do that, you will see more success.
You want to look at your applications and see which ones you should move first – typically the ones that aren’t critical and are the easiest to move. This will allow you to get an idea about how things move, any problems that may arise, and if you really did choose the right provider.
During this stage, you’ll also see how your application architecture will change and how your application portfolio’s performance will change. By working in small increments, you will be able to catch any massive problems before they happen. You can also complete any trainings that you need, which will help your staff adjust to the learning curve that will exist, no matter how well prepared you are.
Some of the other things you’ll need to plan for during this stage are:
• How will you handle downtime?
• Will you have to update the code? (YOU WILL)
• How will troubles be addressed?
• How will we measure performance?
• How will our security be impacted?
If you have planned well and made your decisions appropriately, the actual migration process should be smooth. This does not mean it will be quick or easy – you will still need to put in some work. Depending on how much data you will be moving, you will have to learn different techniques and styles of migration to actually move everything – you cannot use a “one size fits all” approach to this.
One of the most important parts of your migration is to keep track of your security. It should be the most important part of migration, especially if you have sensitive information for your clients or customers. You need to worry about security – there is no other option.
Use Good Migration Tools
Of course, good migration tools can help you to get the job completed. Moving databases and application portfolios can be extremely difficult, even if you have good tools. You want to have a team on your side that will help you with measuring the success of your migration and keeping you safe.
Even better, you want to find a team that will help you with measuring the success of your transfer as well – you’ll want to do your research here as well.
Do not skip any of these steps, or you will inevitably have a breakdown somewhere along the way. The good news is that there are migration tools that can help you with almost every step of the process.