The number one reason cloud expectations are not met is a failure to fully understand
and execute during the cloud migration process.
Without the right experience and skill sets, organizations fail to properly assess, plan and successfully migrate to the cloud.
Cloud migration is a multi-stage process. It begins with an assessment and planning, laying the foundation for infrastructure revisioning, code refactoring and modernization. At each stage, the choices an organization makes impact the cost, performance, reliability and scalability of the cloud-hosted application.
Learn more below about planning and considerations for cloud migration.
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Cloud Migration Strategy
Rehost, refactor, rearchitect, rebuild, or replace? The optimal migration strategy depends on your business’s operational goals and the current state of the application and its infrastructure. The decisions you make at the planning stage determine the cost of migration and the cost, scalability, and adaptability of the application throughout its life.
Application dependencies are a primary consideration of businesses planning a cloud migration. Before embarking on a cloud migration project, you must understand the software, services, and infrastructure applications depend on, as well as the business operations that depend on the application. There are multiple challenges when developing a comprehensive understanding of dependencies, particularly for mature applications that have evolved over many years.
Establishing Cloud Migration Priorities
Cloud migration may mean moving all application workloads and data to a cloud platform, but it is common for businesses to prioritize the migration of specific components. Some may not be migrated at all; for example, a business may choose to prioritize cloud-ready vendor applications over a legacy application that requires significant pre-migration modification. However, there are ways to cost-effectively migrate legacy application to the cloud now and modernize later. Prioritization is a critical aspect of migration planning that depends on the objectives of the business, the operations the app supports, and its current infrastructure and code architecture.
The ideal cloud migration is seamless, with no disruption to the end-user or business operations. But low-impact migration depends on meticulous pre-migration planning and a thorough understanding of on-premises infrastructure, Azure services, and the migration tooling available to facilitate a fast and secure transition. To minimize disruption, properly configured infrastructure must already be in place before the migration begins.
Azure Platform Knowledge and Experience
Microsoft Azure includes over 100 highly configurable services, each with cost, availability, performance, and complexity benefits and tradeoffs. Before migration, a business must assess its on-premises infrastructure and decide which Azure server, storage, networking and service solutions offer the optimal capabilities for its application, data, and budget. Businesses often struggle to effectively map on-premises infrastructure to cloud infrastructure because the target cloud platform is complex and they lack cloud expertise and experience.
Overcoming Cloud Migration Challenges with VIAcode
- Migrate On-premise workloads to Azure
- Migrate System Center Ops Manager (SCOM) to Azure
- Migrate Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)
- VIAcode Incident Management Solution (VIMS), a fully integrated incident management system for Azure.
- VIAcode ITSM Connector
Offers (funded by Microsoft programs):
- Free Migration of On-premise workloads to Azure
- Free Migration of SQL Server 2008 to Azure
- Free Migration of Windows Server to Azure