Perhaps you're contemplating moving your data and business processes to the Cloud, or maybe you'd like to improve your organization's cloud strategy. Either way, you probably have questions about costs, the migration processes, or even the terminology surrounding cloud technology. As
A successful cloud migration begins with a plan
Every successful project starts with a plan.
Step 1: Involve all the key players
For most businesses, migrating your data and processes to the Cloud is a significant change, and it will require broad organizational input and support. The key people in your organization need to be fully on board and willing to actively champion the project. Representatives from owners, users, and IT working together for the project's success will lead to a smoother, faster cloud migration process that meets everyone's goals.
Step 2: Inventory the physical and virtual servers you already use.
While your current management tools may provide a good representation of the hundreds—maybe thousands—of applications your organization is running, you need an inventory mechanism that can feed data into subsequent steps. With
Step 3: Evaluate your on-premises applications.
Once you have mapped your application groups, evaluate how best to move each on-premises application. Again,
Automated cloud migration tools will also provide insight into your environment and dependencies to build out your cloud migration project plans. Assess your situation now to build a template for future use that aligns with individual applications, locations, or groups within your organization. Start with apps that have fewer dependencies so you can get your migration off to a quick start.
If the process seems daunting, our experts at BroadPoint can help. Our team is gold certified in
With an effective plan in place, you're prepared to migrate to the Cloud.
Cloud migration approaches
What's involved in the migration? That depends on the approach you take. There are various approaches:
- Rehost allows you to move your existing applications to the Azure Cloud quickly. All applications are moved as-is without code changes.
- Refactor may involve changes to the application design but no wholesale coding change.
- Rearchitect allows you to modify or extend your application's codebase to scale and optimize it for the cloud. You can modernize your app into a resilient, highly scalable, independently deployable architecture and use Azure to accelerate the process.
- Rebuild has you rebuilding an application from scratch using cloud-native technologies. With this migration strategy, you'll manage the apps and services you develop, and Azure will manage everything else.
If you're unsure which migration approach is best for your company, work with our experts during the planning process. Together we can create a multifaceted application strategy to determine when rehosting, refactoring, rebuilding, or replacing applications will deliver the most value. Additional applications can be built using cloud-optimized and cloud-native design principles. Request that we contact you.
Migration complete; what's next?
Congratulations! You are ready to operate in a secure and well-managed cloud environment using Azure security and management services to govern and monitor your cloud applications. If you begin using these services during your migration, you can continue full speed ahead to ensure a consistent experience across your hybrid cloud. You can also monitor and manage your cloud expenditure with tools like
What does it all cost?
Moving to the Cloud will likely reduce costs over time.
There's a lot to consider when it comes to cloud migrations. Our BroadPoint experts are here to guide you and answer your questions.