However, some organizations are hesitant to begin a cloud adoption journey due to perceived challenges and roadblocks. These first steps are made easier if a cloud migration follows well established strategies. Cloud migration and modernization should be viewed as a continuous process that requires change management spanning people, process and technology. Taking a comprehensive approach will not only help you successfully navigate the journey, but ensure that you realize the intended benefits of being more agile, having the ability to scale, and operational efficiency.
PlanThis phase should start with defining the business benefits and a migration strategy. Defining and documenting business drivers for cloud migration and modernization will clarify the reasons for migrating. The next step is to discover and assess applications, databases and infrastructure. All major cloud platforms provide automated assessment tools that help to get insights on dependencies, create application inventory and assess on-premises environment to get right-sizing guidance, workload level cost estimates and performance metrics.
Primary considerations of these assessments include:
- Hardware and performance
- Number of users and licensing issues
- Dependencies between applications
- Easy to migrate
- Difficult to migrate
- Can’t migrate