Why move to the cloud?
Cloud computing is fast becoming the new normal. Many businesses are moving to the cloud because of cost savings. Gartner’s IT Budget report shows that healthcare companies often spend nearly 75% of their IT budgets on maintaining internal systems. The CIA made a $600 million purchase with AWS, displaying its trust and understanding of the benefits of the cloud. The U.S. federal government authorized AWS, Microsoft's Azure GovCloud and CSRA's ARC-P IaaS to store sensitive data on their respective clouds, displaying its trust and understanding of the benefits of the cloud.
How do I migrate to the cloud?
We have proven methodologies, practices and processes to help you migrate to the cloud which starts with migration strategy. Our migration guide and checklist ensures a successful journey to the cloud as well as the effect on an organization, its systems and users.
Choose the right cloud provider
Each provider has a specific set of strengths and weaknesses. Some offer enormous scalability in seconds, while others offer more personalized applications management options. Don’t just select the market leader, actually go through what the provider focuses on, and judge whether that makes sense to your business.
Preparring and planning
Once you’ve chosen a cloud provider, it’s time to start preparing. Proper planning the most important stage of the process. If you do it well, the following steps should be a breeze. What to move first, will your application architecture need to change, how will the move affect performance? Plan to have developers, managers, administrators all ready for the change ahead of time. Plan for dealing with downtime, governance and security changes. Don't forget to ensure your you know how you will operate the new service in the cloud.
Migrating applications and data
With the correct planning and utilizing our migration guide and checklist, the actual migration should go smoothly. When you move your data, you can move it over the internet or compress the data before sending it. Did you know you can also ship your hard drives to the cloud provider as well as other custom solutions? Ensure all sensitive data is just as secure as your end destination. When it comes to migrating databases, use the correct tools for the job to make sure the new structure and limitations of your database will work correctly. Last, ensure your applications do not get "locked in" to one cloud provider. Understand how to keep track of items like metadata to keep track of this to keep your application portable.
Checking and validation
After you’ve migrated your data and applications, you’ll need to make sure everything is working. Have a testing strategy in place. Was all data migrated and reachable to users? Are all of the internal components communicating properly? Can all of your admin tools monitor the new cloud app properly? Many of these tests can be automated.
Actually executing all of the steps of a cloud migration successfully is difficult. Your best bet is to work with a team that has done this before, many times, like us.