Migration to cloud is a long step-by-step journey and it is transformational in its nature, as it affects the strategical capabilities of a company or organization. It refers to the process of moving an organization’s IT resources, including applications, data, and infrastructure, from on-premises or local data centers to cloud-based services. The primary goal of this migration is to take advantage of the scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness of cloud computing.
We at Authority Partners have a well thought-out process that makes the migration process streamlined and more predictable, with a clear migration plan that allows for better risk management.
From our experience doing many cloud migrations in the past years, in most of the cases the scalability and cost control appeared to be the main drivers behind the decisions to migrate to the cloud, but there are other benefits as well. Here are the most compelling ones:
There are five important challenges when it comes to cloud migration, and they can be summarized as:
Due to all these and many other challenges, we have devised a unique approach that provides a unified approach to cloud migration. Our approach to cloud migration can be explained using the figure below:
As can be seen from the diagram above, it consists of four distinct phases, going from left to right:
CHOOSING THE RIGHT STRATEGY
Choosing the right cloud migration strategy depends on several factors, including the nature of the applications and data being migrated, the level of control required, the urgency of the migration, and the budget and resources that are available.
Here are some considerations that can help in selecting the right cloud migration strategy:
An important aspect to consider is how to migrate the actual applications and services; the point being that it can be done in at least three distinct ways:
After we are clear on all of the questions and challenges outlined above, our approach can be presented more concisely in the following flow chart: