Organisations migrate to the cloud to be more agile. Gartner says that by 2020, 80% of Fortune 500 businesses will be less than 5 years old.
Migrating traditional on-premise infrastructure to the cloud can be daunting and you need to address the three main areas:
The architecture of your technology infrastructure isn’t the only thing that needs to change when considering a cloud migration.
A key consideration for migrating to the aloud is the change to your business processes.
There’s no way around it – it can be a real challenge to go from a traditional on-premise database to a new PaaS (Platform as a Service) based solution.
Moving to the cloud is a multi-step journey that needs careful planning to ensure a trouble free migration.
The first step on the cloud journey is a comprehensive application assessment.
This ensures you understand:
What’s in your existing estate
How workloads are currently performing on the servers in your estate
The interdependencies between applications and processes.
Most companies won’t have this information to hand and as such a thorough assessment is the only way to gather it. Inframon’s Cloud Assessment covers this initial step in the Cloud migration journey.
Once you understand your existing technology estate, the next stage is mapping that information to relative services in Azure. This may include consolidating legacy applications or decommissioning applications that are no longer needed in the cloud.
When you have your service definition, it’s time to get to grips with what the new environment will look like, whether it’s 100% cloud or a hybrid solution. Now is also the time to plan how you will migrate to that platform. This stage is all about planning and design, and is crucial to ensure a smooth and pain-free migration.
Once you’ve planned everything out, step four is to take the plunge to build and migrate to your new cloud environment. After migration, it’s critical to ensure all operational processes in place, such as monitoring, backup, patching and data recovery. Once you’re happy that you’re operationally set up, you can then migrate your users.
The cloud is not about standing still. Once you’ve made the successful transition, you’ll be enabled to constantly push the boundaries and try out new technologies. In Azure, there are on average ten new services a month that can provide better, leaner smarter and quicker ways of doing things. Organisations should explore new functionality and capabilities and foresee the next technological steps.
True visibility over your environment
Precisely projected total cost of ownership for running in Azure
Identification of the path to Azure
An understanding on how to optimise your cloud environment
Migration planning for a smooth transition
Understand what applications and services are cloud ready
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