By Umme Sutarwala - May 21, 2021 4 mins read
cloud Migration can be a difficult task, and even more daunting if the leaders don’t have the necessary skills or experts on their team. It is very easy to become flustered in a sea of services, architectures, deployments, refactoring models, and so on.
It can take years from the launch of a cloud migration project to the realization of some tangible value. Companies must first determine their short, medium, and long-term goals. Then there is the minor task of evaluating the entire application estate and determining which cloud configuration – out of all the instance forms, storage options, availability zones, and pricing plans offered by the major cloud vendors is the best fit for the company.
Next, after identifying a strategy for each application, companies must create a migration plan, complete with Proof of Concept (POC) to iron out any kinks in their migration factory. All of this necessitates patience and a methodical approach. Cloud migrations are difficult, but they don’t have to be excruciating.
The three biggest killers of cloud migration momentum are listed below. It explains how a smarter, automation-enabled approach to cloud migration planning will dramatically reduce the cloud journey’s time-to-value.
An evaluation of the current estate is the first step in creating a detailed cloud migration strategy. A thorough understanding of the ecosystem aids companies in selecting the best cloud provider and configuring their cloud platform to maximize business value. In addition, it helps organizations in building a business case for cloud adoption by calculating the overall cost of ownership of their cloud. This crucial stage of the migration process is usually the most taxing. Some cloud management software tools may take months to crawl the estate and extract the data needed to begin preparing a migration.
When it comes to cloud migration, there is almost always a sense of urgency. The company could be under tremendous pressure to adapt to market trends and to keep up with more agile competitors. It may be necessary to reduce CapEx IT costs. Businesses could be under pressure to close down their data centers by a certain date.
Businesses will also need to adapt to a chaotic and disruptive event like a pandemic and rapidly scale their digital capabilities, as many businesses did in 2020. In these circumstances, businesses must produce value quickly and at the lowest possible cost. Companies must migrate their estate safely when balancing several, sometimes contradictory, goals from various departments.
With so much weight on one’s shoulders, the need to scrutinize every single detail can be paralyzing. Traditional consultancy methods can worsen the problem by asking more questions than presenting responses. It’s all too tempting to get caught up in deliberating rather than acting and focusing on the end target of the migration.
Migrating to the cloud reflects a significant change, not just in terms of technology but also in terms of individuals, culture, and processes. It can be a cold and deep drop for companies planning to take their first steps into the public cloud. Both of these problems must be addressed prior to, during, and after the relocation, and they just add to the mountain of factors to consider when preparing.
That is why businesses need experts with extensive expertise in assisting them in navigating these complexities – experts who can assist them in mitigating the effect of the unavoidable difficulties their company will face as it adapts to life in the cloud.
Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain
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