Migrating to the cloud brings reliability and cost-saving to companies of all sizes. But without proper planning, organizations can risk the loss of productivity, lower cloud ROI, and possibly downtime. This is why it’s critical to work with a team of experts who will strategize and execute a seamless migration with little disruption, if any. As this Forbes article predicts, 83 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud in 2020.
Below you’ll find the things that you should look for when migrating to the cloud.
Reliable cloud service provider
There are so many options when it comes to selecting a cloud infrastructure provider, but this does not mean that they’re all the same. Azure, for example, is Enterprise go-to solution for cloud infrastructure. It’s an excellent choice for compute, security, compliance, and performance. Choose wisely to ensure your migration is as smooth and seamless as possible. Pay attention to the guarantees that the provider is willing to give you, understand all of the costs, and ask about how your data will remain secure and protected.
Types of workload
The promise of improved flexibility and scalability makes the cloud attractive, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for every application. You need to consider a few things when it comes to selecting your cloud candidates. Certain workloads may not be suited for the public cloud, such as sensitive data and mission-critical workloads. In this case, you would want to take advantage of private or hybrid cloud services that allow you to take advantage of cloud technology without compromising sensitive information.
Assess your costs
Many businesses and organizations move to the cloud because it’s cost-effective. However, the financial savings you see depends on a variety of factors, including the type of applications you want to move to the cloud. For instance, applications that use legacy enterprise hardware may be more expensive to run as a cloud-based app. Additionally, you should plan for network and bandwidth costs that can occur over time.
Choose a cloud environment
Selecting the right cloud deployment model is important and depends on your goals and the types of applications that you’re moving over. Here are the three main options you have to choose from:
- Public cloud. The public cloud provides a flexible and scalable environment that allows you to control costs.
- Private cloud. A private cloud offers similar advantages as the public cloud, except you’ll have dedicated resources and an optimized infrastructure that meets your unique needs.
- Hybrid cloud. The hybrid model refers to a mix of environments. It’s an excellent choice when you want greater flexibility in cloud options.
Evaluate governance and security
When you migrate to the cloud, it’s possible that some of your governance methods will no longer work. Rather than relying on internal security, you’ll have to rely on your cloud service provider. For this reason, be extremely cautious about the provider you choose. Security, compliance, and support should be their main priorities.
Define your cloud-first strategy
Once you’ve considered your data, costs, and security, it’s time to migrate your applications and workloads to the cloud. To prepare, develop a cloud strategy that outlines your goals and how cloud services will support them. It may not be possible to move all of your applications at this time, but you can start working towards this goal.
GOBI Technologies offers cloud migration services that are flexible enough to fit your needs and budget. Our hands-on migration team will design, plan, and migrate business apps and workloads while optimizing performance. Contact us today for a consultation.