5 Steps to a Successful Cloud Migration


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In today’s world, features like product quality and reliability no longer serve to differentiate brands. Service, and more specifically speed and customer experience, are fast becoming the key differentiators. Public Cloud enables this much-needed speed and facilitates the demands of modern operations, but as with any new technology adoption, there are challenges in the migration and management of Cloud, so how can ensure you cloud migration project is a success?

1) Start with an open mind

The cloud is actually getting more secure by the day, but with myths plaguing the minds of IT decision-makers across the globe, many are reluctant to make the move, having been haunted by the tales that proclaim cloud is considerably less secure than on premises infrastructure.

In actual fact, you might be surprised to hear that on-premises instillations actually experience around 69% more security incidents per customer than enterprises relying strictly on public cloud services just proving that security in the cloud far exceeds its on-premises ancestors.

In other instances, many believe public cloud is not financially viable, yet when the solution is right-sized, it can actually work out more cost efficient to run traditional applications in a cloud environment without the overarching headache of procuring equipment. But you do need to be careful because if the migration doesn’t include efficiency engineering and licensing for instance, the cost can spiral.

2) Perform a full Assessment

It’s always highly recommended to perform a full, deep assessment of your application environment to first understand migration risks, how is best to migrate and application dependencies. An assessment will help you perform bill estimations and assess internal cloud readiness for operational procedures, tooling, procurement and skills.  The results of the assessment will help you to identify gaps in your environments readiness for cloud and enable you to plan around these accordingly – ultimately, preparing you for a successful migration. 

We recommend using external consultancies that have previous experience in doing these kind of assessments for other customers, with a record of success.

3) Consider Efficiency Engineering

Efficiency engineering is one of the most important factors to consider when migrating to a public cloud platform.

Cloud architects differ from virtual architects in that they perform re-platforming and efficiency engineering when migrating. They will review the most cost-effective licensing option, ask whether the application be moved to PaaS, review whether this VM really requires the 16GB of RAM it has in the on premises environment or consider if it over specified in the first place. A cloud architect will even predict the potential savings if test and development is powered down during the evening.  All of these factors are important considerations and when performed correctly by a Cloud Architect and can drastically reduce the cost of running the same applications in the cloud.

4) Adopt Aggressively

Over the last few years, we’ve seen the landscape evolve from organisations simply thinking about doing Cloud, to actively adopting it. Certainly, in the last 6-9 months, we’re hearing more and more organisations say, ‘If I don’t start to use cloud quickly, my competitors will’.

For the organisations that have already taken the leap, the reward is evident – from scalability and cost efficiency to higher application performance, there is clearly a lot to rave about. But migrating applications to the cloud is a complex process that requires both careful planning and deliberation.

Just remember, the quicker the adoption the better the saving. Don’t let your competition leave you in the dust!

 5. Use an MSP to keep it Automated and Efficient.

Don’t attempt to go it alone! The skills you need are hard to come by so it’s crucial that you ensure you have access to a partner with a wider pool of skills and expertise. This can be absolutely instrumental to the success of your migration and the ongoing management.

An experienced Managed Service Provider will have the skills to keep the automation up to date and they will monitor the efficiencies of your platform to ensure you are getting the best possible value. 

Organisations which use MSP’s to help them manage their cloud environments see huge amounts of value.

So they you have it, our top 5 steps to a successful cloud migration. But just remember, before you begin your adoption journey, it’s essential to consider all possibilities - both good and bad. Cloud migration issues, such as unexpected costs, interoperability, security gaps and unanticipated application rework, can create significant obstacles. So to help smooth a frequently bumpy path, you need to craft a well-thought-out migration strategy.

Whether you’re migrating to the cloud from an in-house environment or from one cloud to another, you need to understand the process and temper any excessive expectations. And, since not every application will benefit from the cloud, you need to be sure a migration is right for your organisation before diving in.

If your business ready to embark on a Public Cloud journey, we’re here to help make the transition as smooth as possible. To find out how ANS can help you migrate to public cloud, watch our lightboard video here.

Posted by Helen Thomas