There are numerous factors to consider when planning your migration. Here are 10 tips to help you plan your migration.
The first step on your cloud migration checklist is to determine your strategy, which should flow from the answers to the following questions:
The next step on your cloud migration checklist is to get a clear, real-time view of your current applications and workloads. You can divide this into several sub-steps:
Using the data gathered and strategy decisions made in the first two steps of the cloud migration checklist, decide which workloads are good candidates for cloud migration. Also ascertain whether you’ll do a shallow integration (sometimes called “lift and shift”) or a deep integration that modifies your application to take advantage of cloud capabilities.
Concentrate on the workloads most likely to benefit.
Your first candidates for moving should be those workloads that are most likely to benefit from the cloud – whether those benefits are in the form of cost savings, computing power and speed, or access. So, which types of workloads are most likely to befit from cloud migration?
Choose shallow or deep cloud integrations.
Assuming you’re not doing a “lift and shift” and just moving everything to the cloud at once, you’ll need a cloud migration plan. The steps you’ve already completed in your cloud migration checklist will help you form your plan.
Your first step is to use the information you’ve gathered to determine your migration priorities – essentially, which applications should be moved and when. Prioritize moving applications that:
Create a project timeline and migration waves, including pilot testing. Your timeline should:
You will probably need application owners and users to take steps at certain point in your migration. And, individuals throughout your organization and in management will need updates. You may also need to communicate with vendors and other third parties as your migration proceeds.
Plan how, when, and what you will need to share with stakeholders at various points in your cloud migration. Leave room in your timeline for required responses or actions.
If you’ve been following this cloud migration checklist, you’re ready to put your plan into motion:
As you execute the migration, you’ll need to keep project owners, participants, and stakeholders up-to-date with progress. You may provide reports when requested or compile reports periodically. Or, you could create real-time dashboards customized to managers, project owners, project participants and others.
In addition, security and compliance teams also require reporting, so you’ll need to document and report for them, maintaining both real-time status reports and an audit trail.
As your migration of applications and data sets to the cloud finishes, you’ll need to make sure they’re stable, functional, and secure in the new environment. This step in your cloud migration checklist should include operational and performance testing, access testing, security testing, and vulnerability testing. This testing will be ongoing.
As you near the end of your cloud migration checklist, you’re ready to decommission equipment that you no longer need. This means identifying which equipment is no longer needed and deciding whether it is ready for disposal.
As you decommission equipment, you’ll need to track how and when it was decommissioned. Audit trails for data-bearing equipment need to be maintained.
After all the work you’ve put into your cloud migration, you’ll want to make the most of all the information you’ve gathered. Now that you have an accurate view of your data center environment – including applications, business owners, users, and interdependencies, continue to keep it current. You can leverage this information to manage other It programs, including Windows Lifecycle Management, Office 365, asset management, IoT, IT Asset Disposition, and other endpoint lifecycle management programs.
ReadyWorks helps you reduce the risks of a cloud migration by giving you a real-time view of your data center environment, applications, users, data sets, and interdependencies. It also reduces execution-related risks by helping you schedule and automate human and systems migration workflows. Its single command-and-control platform helps you automate, monitor, and document your cloud migration. And, when you’ve finished migrating, it can continue to provide an always-up-to-date, 360-degree view of your data center operations.
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