How to Prepare Your Business for Cloud Migration
How to Prepare Your Business for Cloud Migration
Companies are transforming and adapting to the Cloud as a part of their infrastructure because of cost-effectiveness, higher availability, enhanced security, and easy scalability. According to recent reports, 95% of the companies have already used at least one cloud service for their business. Cloud will embrace new technologies and adherence to continued growth for a wide array of users. There are a few strategies and methodologies involved in preparing your business for Cloud Migration.
Choosing the best Cloud Service Provider for your business is very important. There are several Cloud Service Provider in the market and choosing the right one for your business model is necessary. Amazon Web Service, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform are the three main service providers in the market.
Checklists involved in Cloud Migration
Planning and Preparation with a large number of data will reduce the risk before migrating to cloud service.
1. Establish Core and Team Responsibilities
The core architect has the main responsibility of planning and implementing all features of migration. Then the team is given different types of roles and responsibilities. The architect makes strategies for Cloud Migration, and high-level decisions. The Cloud refactor is done by the system engineers and the decision of when the cloud is to be refactored is done by an architect.
The architect is responsible for all phases of migration and the success of the project.
2. Choosing the Cloud Integration Level
When an application package is sent from one data center to the Cloud, there involve two levels of cloud integration – Shallow Integration and Deep Cloud Integration. Each level has its pros and cons, but it’s up to the architect to decide which approach to use.
Shallow Cloud Integration also called (“lift-and-shit”), where the application is moved to the cloud with few changes for the instance of running the application. This approach is very fast and cheap but with some cons, as there will missing cloud-native functions such as auto scalability and distributed workloads.
Deep Cloud Integration also called (“lift, tinker, shift”), where the application is modified during the migration process. It is a more expensive and long process but, in the end, it takes total advantage of cloud capabilities.
3. Choose Single Cloud or Multi-Cloud
Here the decision is done based on the concept, of whether your cloud application is optimized to use same cloud service provider services.
The single cloud approach is pretty simple, where you select a single service provider and optimize the application to run only in it.
The multi-cloud approach works when one part of the application is made to run in one service provider and the other part of the application in another service provider. As the application is tied to two providers, the performance is based on both of them,
4. Establishing Cloud KPIs
The architect has the primary responsibility for setting and monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). It shows the application performance according to the expectations set. KPIs are the measuring points of success of a project, so before starting the project few metrics have to be established for successful completion.
5. Organizing Migration Components
Prioritizing the task of migration between a large application and dependent applications is a crucial task. Some of the compounds of the applications are dependent on each other. So, before the start of migration prioritize the elements with few dependencies first and followed by the remaining large applications.
It is the process of adapting the on-site applications for cloud environments. It is a big task and requires more time and effort. If the application is built to run on a fixed number of servers, then making changes to the variable server numbers increases the scalability of the application.
7. Data Migration Plan
It is one of the most difficult parts of cloud migration. The location of the data can significantly have a large impact on the performance of the application. Using a cloud
data migration service can give better performance in migrating the data to the cloud. Giving more attention to the data migration is most required, or else it can cause the entire migration to fail.
8. Switch over Production
One way synching pushes data from on-site databases to the Cloud. Once all the data are pushed then transfer all your customers to the cloud. In two ways synching allows direct movement of customers to the Cloud and the changes are reflected in the on-site data.
9. Review Application Resource Allocation
It is the final phase when all the data migration is completed there is a need to check the application’s resource allocation. The Cloud allows dynamic resource allocation, where adding and subtracting resources can be done easily.
The major cloud providers have all the tools and resources to build and maintain a secure system. Some of the best cloud providers meet all the requirements of the companies. The future of Cloud is bright as it will benefit both the host and the customer.
Open-source cloud services allow the customers to customize the infrastructure according to their business needs. Cloud services are integrated to many business operations from managing infrastructure, remote work, and software development. It has been the big boon during the Pandemic.
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