Let’s admit it: cloud migration is never going to be outright easy. At least not for any reasonably large migration project. But it doesn’t have to be a nightmare and you certainly want both the process and results of your migration to produce the many benefits from which your organisation should benefit.
With each iteration, you should find the job of migrating systems to the cloud to at least grow more familiar. And luckily, there are some basic steps you can follow that should keep your migration on the straight and narrow, avoiding unnecessary pain, cost, and delays.
What to Move
It might sound kind of obvious, but this is one big formal step you must take first, and take it in a structured manner. You need to survey your systems. A full mapping and assessment of your applications must be undertaken. This will identify points such as the application types and versions, hardware profiles, operating systems, security profiles, performance, and utilisation.
The next step is to analyse why you might move an application. A basic SWOT analysis, identifying the strengths and weaknesses in a proposed move, as well as the opportunities and threats inherent in the move, will help to decide whether to move the application and how.
Where to Move
Analyse your existing environment. Identify how your application fits into this environment and how this environment might shape the application. Next, apply the same analysis to the environment to which you might migrate the application. At this stage, you will need to be considering specific vendors of cloud hosting. You’ll want to see how well the needs of your application can be mapped via your cloud migration to the new hosting service.
When to Move
This is a biggie, no doubt about that. You can have the best planning and preparation in the world but if you time your migration badly, the results can be painful. The timing of your migration will typically be driven by utilisation patterns. However, it can also be determined by budgetary concerns, staffing resources, and even dependencies in other systems connected to your application.
Don’t forget to consider how the needs of related and connected users outside your own organisation may be affected by the timing of your migration. Which brings us to…
Identifying stakeholders in both your application and migration is very important, obviously. What is more, you’ll want to identify future and potential partners that will or could play roles in your migration. The provider of cloud hosting to which you are migrating an application is the most obvious example.
By this stage, you should already have formed a close working relationship with your cloud hosting provider. They’ll likely be providing some level of hand-holding. Don’t be afraid to call on them for help. After all, they do this all day long, and it may be your first migration project.
Your first cloud migration is likely to be an exciting experience but there’s no need to worry unnecessarily. Experienced hands are available to help share the burden. CustomTec helps organisations like yours every day, so find out more about how we can help you. Contact us to learn more.