7 Point Cloud Migration Checklist for Successful Transfer

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For enterprises looking for a digital transformation, the question is not whether, but when, to embrace cloud computing and migrate your business upwards. When you’re migrating applications and data to the cloud, you want to use the cloud solutions that best meet your needs so your migration goes as smoothly as possible. In order to ensure you get the most out of the cloud once migrated, you need to know that you are getting as many of the advantages of the cloud as possible. Here are 7 points to consider when you are planning a smooth migration to your new cloud.

1. Shallow or deep? Know the ‘level’ of cloud integration that will suit your needs

When you desire to move an application from an on-premise data center to the cloud, there are two ways in which you can do it – using a shallow cloud integration or a deep cloud integration. In the former, also known as “shift-and-lift integration”, you move the on-premise application to the cloud with no or limited changes to the servers. At the application end, you make just enough changes to get it to run in the new environment. In “deep cloud integration” – you modify your application during the migration process to gain an advantage of key cloud capabilities. 

2. Single cloud or Multi-Cloud? 

Optimizing your application to work with a specific cloud is easier compared to using multiple clouds, with your development team having just one set of cloud APIs to learn. However, it also means you will have to rework the entire migration process from scratch in case you decide to change your vendor. The multi-cloud approach can be useful in cases where you have multiple applications or parts of the same application, that would give increased business leverage when run on different clouds. Hire the expertise of a cloud solutions provider such as unique solutions who can guide you through the best possible way forward. (not relevant).

3. Set your performance baselines

Baselining is the process of measuring the performance of your application before migration in order to determine acceptable performance levels post-migration. Setting Baselines help you determine the completion of your migration and provide validation of the post-migration performance improvements you expected. You can also refer to baselines during a cloud migration to diagnose any problems that arise. 

4. Set the sequence of migration per the priority

When migrating, you have the privilege to decide whether you want to migrate your entire application at once or you want to migrate component by component or service by service. To simplify the task, you may start migration with the services that have the fewest dependencies such as your most internal services, and then follow up with your outermost services that are closest to your customers. 

5. Data – to shift or to keep?

Moving only your data to the cloud while the data-access methods are still primarily on-premises can significantly impact application performance. Alternatively, if the data is still on-premise but the service accessing it resides in the cloud, that’s problematic too! Hence, when it comes to data migration, it’s a tricky deal. The best then is to employ the expertise of a third-party cloud migration service provider, who can share their unbiased views for the best outcome.

6. Perform any necessary refactoring with your application for coherent transfer

There might be some refactoring required with your application and services before they are migrated to work effectively & efficiently. The reasons could be a provision to allow dynamic scaling, ability to allocate and de-allocate resources as needed and be more service-oriented. 

7. Hire a trusted & proven technology partner

What smart enterprises need is a partner who can understand their IT landscape, appreciate the repercussions of moving to the cloud, and provide objective guidance on their cloud journey. This is where Unique Solutions comes into the picture. At Unique Solutions, we have partnered with leading brands such as Microsoft Azure, Net4Magic, YOTTA, AWS and other hybrid cloud infrastructure solution providers to provide cloud migration services. Contact us, today!