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7 Strategies for a Faster Exit from a Cloud Provider

By Umme Sutarwala - March 23, 2021 3 Mins Read

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Almost every legacy application moved to public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) will need optimization to become more cost-effective through 2024. Cloud providers will continue to bolster their native optimization abilities to help businesses choose the most economical architecture to achieve the expected performance.

According to research by Gartner, by 2025, over 80 % of public cloud managed and professional services contracts will need hybrid cloud and multi-cloud skills from the provider, up from less than 50 % in 2020.

From cyber-attacks to incomprehensible outages to complicated Terms of Service ‘violations,’ the seemingly solid perch of a business in the cloud could turn suddenly risky. So, here are some practical and effective ways to prepare for a fast exit.

Plan Resilient Failover

If businesses can bring back the critical services first, it’s excellent to offer something. Those who adopt micro service architectures must be certain to keep everything running even while some fail. This will help add compliancy to all active migrations. The users may not bother about the smooth AI support engine or the API sending localized weather forecasts, but they may just want to purchase something.

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Design Triage Plan

Initially, it may be difficult for businesses to start up all of the databases and services. It’s always a good idea to have a triage plan in place. Also, a good architecture includes a plan for partial hardware support.

Use Containers

Usually, all the DevOps teams have one primary goal – to make deployment simpler and quicker. This, in turn, will help businesses shift to a new provider with merely a bit of preparation. Nowadays, containers are the most advanced form of bundling application for agile deployment. Thanks to technology, gone are those days when it used to take the team at least seven days to configure a new server.

Run Drills

Businesses can conduct a simulated migration, try to keep copies of everything in a different cloud and a few servers down the hall and evaluate how long it takes. Further, they can analyze if any configuration files or software packages need to be adjusted for faster operation, or if any of the databases duplicate themselves automatically or all the containers function as expected.

Avoid Concentration

While it may be tempting to keep things manageable by utilizing the same cloud for every activity, the threat here is that one cloud becomes a prominent point of failure. Businesses should start thinking about saving their code in other depositories, or at the very least, they should make sure it is pushed frequently to backups.

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Utilize Open Source

Proprietary code has several incredible features. Sometimes the business model provides a few great software solutions. Many times in the software world, businesses get what they pay for. But only open-source software provides the liberty to transfer the code quickly and efficiently without a request.

Avoid Exclusive Devices

Usually, the cloud providers provide two types of products: open source and proprietary tools. While the closed source products may deliver an excess of attractive choices and appealing innovations, the threat of wasting service is too high to risk using them.

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Umme Sutarwala

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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