5 Rules of Cloud Practices
The cloud migration hasn’t been a matter of debate for a long time already. We have prepared the list of 5 Rules of Cloud Practices for migration.
Cloud migration hasn’t been a matter of debate for a long time already. Enterprises that direct towards success and build long-term strategies will lose using on-premise storage methods. Hardware stops businesses from implementing innovations and staying competitive. Besides, such a method isn’t cost-effective and requires excessive team members. In short, it is the opposite of convenience.
In contrast, cloud storage has many benefits:
- Reduced TCOs;
- An easy increase in the storage;
- High-security level;
- Access to resources that requires authentication;
There might occur some hardships during the process. We have prepared a list of 5 tips that can help your company go through that process smoothly.
More to read: The Definitive Benefits of AWS Cloud Adoption
1. Set Your Goals Clearly
There is no use doing something without keeping a goal in the head. It relates to cloud migration, too. Before solving the technical issues, think about how do you want to benefit from changing the maintenance environment. It would be great if the goals were measurable.
For instance, consider these qualities:
- CPU usage
- Memory capacity
- The time of page load
- Conversion rate
2. Range Your App Order for Migration
The business infrastructure consists of several apps that you must prioritize before the migration. Order them considering such characteristics:
Return on investment (ROI) is the first feature to take into account. If the app maintenance will become cheaper in the cloud and the cloud service will boost its performance, then put it at the top of your list. Besides, if there are hardware updates planned, consider a sooner or later migration.
Other apps that should be moved first are the low-risk ones to eliminate vital apps from disaster. To estimate the risk, answer the following questions:
- Is the app crucial for the business?
- Is there any integration with other applications?
- What is the amount of users in this app?
- What are the SLAs for the app?
- What specific regulations does the app have to meet?
- How does the app react to breaches, and what is its downtime?
The difficulty of migration depends on what transformations must be performed and how many. The app which doesn’t require any changes at all should be migrated first. If the cloud provider requires some reconfigurations, then calculate how much money and time you will need to spend on them. Besides, search for cloud services where it is not obligatory to make workload reconfigurations. The easier the migration, the more cost, and time-effective it will be.
The app that has custom features might take the biggest effort. The enterprise should migrate it in the last place. To evaluate the hardships of moving the app, answer the following:
- Are there specialists that can help with the migration of this product?
- Is the app integrated with other products in the infrastructure?
- What are the demands for hardware storage of the app?
- Is the company able to reconstruct the app for a successful migration?
3. Develop the Detailed Migration Plan
After you have ranged the apps and defined your goals, it’s time to develop a plan. It’s crucial to decide in what sequence your apps will be transferred.
Apart from that, you need to proof the cloud destination is reliable and suitable for the architecture. Check whether:
Cloud elasticity meets your rules.
- The cloud provider has a favorable climate for your SLAs.
- Your infrastructure is fully compliant with cloud service regulations.
- The availability of redundant devices.
4. Explore the Services From the Cloud Provider
When your applications have been prepared for the migration, it is useful to get a helping hand during the process. Some difficulties can occur, such as the need to re-architect the outdated technology or cope with complicated relations between the apps. To save time and make the process easier, get the assistants from a cloud provider, turn to a third party or use your hired experts.
5. Start the Migration Process
The success of the migration depends on the scrupulous planning you have made before. One more useful migration practice is to run a test showing the functionality quality and its smoothness.
Some of the tips are:
- Time-to-live (TTL) mechanisms should be limited in domains that will be transferred to the new environment.
- Crucial apps for continuity must be protected against long downtime. Replicate such data and send less important apps to “maintenance mode.”
As you can see, there are several obstacles and tricks in cloud migration. We hope that this article has shown you the whole process clearly.
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