By Amee Kent

2018-05-15

Cloud

If you’ve been putting off cloud migration in the hopes the whole affair would become less complex, it’s probably time to stop holding your breath. While the reasons to move to the cloud have gotten better and better, actually doing so has not gotten much simpler.

In fact, architecting a modern cloud infrastructure takes a great deal of time, thought, and expertise because you aren’t limited to choosing one cloud or even a simple hybrid cloud setup. Today, you can leverage as many clouds from as many providers as you want in combination with on-premises resources in an unlimited array of options. With a hybrid multi-cloud approach, you will get everything you could ever want from your IT – it will just take some extra thought in advance.

Keep in mind the complexity drops dramatically (at least for you) when you get help from a hybrid multi-cloud management expert like Codero. But whether you’re going it alone or working with an IT partner, here are a few guidelines as you prepare for your move:

1. Define success

Like any major IT project, it’s important to understand why you’re moving to the cloud and the benefits you expect to receive.

Is it long-term cost savings? Performance improvement? Greater flexibility to meet the needs of individual departments?

Documenting your reasons for moving will not only help you get buy-in from your executive leadership and IT team members, it will help you gauge and adjust your strategy after the migration.

2. Don’t settle for old-fashioned cloud architecture

Choosing your cloud used to be an agonizing feat because one wrong choice could cost you a great deal of time and money. Now you don’t have to be locked in to one cloud, making your choice a somewhat less stressful matter.

Start by considering a couple of questions:

  • What do I want to move to the cloud? Think not only about performance but things like licensing (do your key software vendors offer a cloud version?); regulations (are you prohibited from keeping certain information in a public cloud?); and support (do your software vendors provide the same level of support for their cloud-based app as their on-premise?).
  • What should I put in which cloud? Study up on the differences between AWS and Azure and determine which applications and processes would be best served by each cloud, as well as any bare metal hosting or on-premise environments.
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3. Map out your migration

Once you know what you’re moving to each environment, you can map out your actual migration:

  • Determine and document dependencies and priorities – Chart the dependencies that exist among your apps and process, as well as the priority for migrating each of them to the cloud. One benefit of hybrid multi-cloud is that you don’t have to move everything at once, opting to dip your toe into the cloud and migrating a little at a time.
  • Determine your post-migration testing process Whether you’re working with a third-party migration team or not, you’ll be involved in the quality control process. Figure out how you’ll determine whether all of your data and dependencies were properly migrated. What parts of this QC process can you automate, and what will you have to do manually?

4. Think about your people

Moving to the cloud can affect your team members’ training, skill development needs, and roles and responsibilities.

  • Prepare the team before the migration Document your onboarding procedures, starting with pre-migration communications and training sessions with staff. Make sure your team knows how to use the technology they’re going to be using.
  • Create new security policies, management procedures, and job responsibilities Update all of your internal procedural documentation and train staff on the differences so they’ll be ready to use and maintain your cloud environment from day one.

5. Get as close to perfect as possible

While cloud migration doesn’t have to be a one-and-done event, it’s good to get it as close to right the first time as possible. Making a costly mistake can sadly kill your leadership team’s confidence in the cloud strategy as a whole and set you back to square one.

  • Calculate TCO carefully – When set up in a thoughtful way, the cloud can save you a great deal of money. But if you go all in on the wrong cloud, you can cost yourself a great deal of money. Figure out accurate cost projections for each cloud option and choose accordingly.
  • Make performance central If your team doesn’t have the right skills and tools or your cloud isn’t configured properly, your cloud can experience performance issues, which is not good for you or the customer experience.

Work with a Good Team for a Big Win

Migrating to a hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make for the long-term health and competitive viability of your company. But architecting that ideal IT is complex, so it’s difficult to get it right without help from a team of specialists. We’re here to make hybrid multi-cloud architecture, implementation, migration, and management easy and successful so you can get a big win.

What do you want to know about hybrid multi-cloud? We’re just a chat away, ready to answer your questions so you can make the best decision for your organization.

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