With each passing day, more and more business owners and managers consider the merits of migrating to the cloud. Though shifting to the cloud certainly takes some work, it is well worth the effort, especially when you have an IT consulting partner on your side to lend a helping hand for your Long Island business.
Let’s take a quick look at how to perform a truly seamless and drama-free cloud migration:
Cloud Migration: Where to Start
Cloud migration is centered on three essential phases: planning, migration, and operation. There are several steps to each of these phases. The planning phase is particularly important as it sets the stage for the migration. Application baselines must be prepared, application dependencies must be identified, and the migration order of applications must be determined.
A baseline must be formed before migration can occur. The baseline is a gauge of the existing application performance and availability. Once the baseline is created, you will have a point of comparison between the application’s performance and migration availability. This baseline will also prove helpful at later points in the journey to dictate cloud applications’ operational functionality.
Application Inventory and Dependencies Must Be Identified
An analysis of the existing on-site architecture must be performed when planning cloud migration. Even the scope of cloud migration has to be considered. Once you truly comprehend these applications, the hosts and the overarching architecture, you will decrease the chances of potentially overlooking dependencies amidst the migration.
Determining the Migration Order
The applications and the supporting server infrastructures must be optimal candidates for migration before applications are shifted to the cloud. If any potential problems with the application are identified, they have to be addressed prior to the transition.
Our IT consulting team on Long Island can help you with this challenge as well as other potential problems that might arise amidst your transition to the cloud.
The migrate phase requires the identification of potential problems, the validation of cloud enhancements and acceptance testing of every application that has moved to the cloud. This is your opportunity to address unanticipated outcomes/behavior. Pinpoint such errs in relation to the cloud now, correct them and the transition to the cloud will prove that much easier. The on-site baselines should be juxtaposed against the new baselines. Dashboards must be created for each application migrated to the cloud. Compare such baselines and you will see exactly why the cloud migration is worth the time and effort.
The Run Phase
The final step is the run phase in which the services used to power applications are monitored. If applications need to be refactored, this is the time to do it. Once the migration to the cloud is complete, it is prudent to continue monitoring the cloud services necessary for applications to thwart all potential usage problems/errors that might arise in the cloud.
Total Technology is at Your Service!
Plan accordingly and the cloud migration will not prove nearly as challenging as you might have originally assumed. At Total Technology Solutions, our IT consulting team on Long Island is here to help facilitate your transition to the cloud. Reach out to us to learn more about our managed services on Long Island and how we can help you make the most of the cloud as well as other emerging technologies.