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The Complete Cloud Migration Checklist


Why do cloud migration require a long-term strategy?

Migration to the cloud has significant consequences for some of these businesses with a short-term focus, as this only leads to long-term pain. Hence, this short-sighted approach to the cloud prevents them from grasping a significant share of the value the cloud could bring to their organization.

When IT departments migrate a set of applications, potentially the easiest workloads, to the cloud without a clear cloud strategy and solid architecture, companies then face unexpected costs to recover the damage they create, such as increasing headcount to hire cloud engineers and architects.

Putting together a solid foundation and gradually building on top of it helps businesses prevent undesired consequences and expenses and makes the digital transformation of organizations seamless and sustainable.

How can you prioritize cloud migration components?

The migration is ideally done by moving selected workloads respectively without disrupting the business operations. Therefore you need to prioritize specific workloads while other components continue to function.

Start with workloads for applications that are not essential to your business (that do not need to run 24/7) so that there is no significant risk to the company’s overall operations. Some examples include seasonal applications and training or demo environments.

Continue with low-risk applications that run 24/7 but are not essential to the business and do not jeopardize operational functionality.

End with business-critical applications. This step is tricky as these apps require the most technical expertise to migrate successfully with minimal disruption.

What kind of cloud architecture do you need to design before migration?

You need to design a scalable, highly available, and resilient architecture.  

Selecting auto-scalable components in your architecture is vital. This way, your apps can automatically expand/shrink depending on the increases or decreases in load, handle spikes in traffic, and reduces costs when the need for resources is lower. This flexibility is key to meeting changing business needs and goals.

It would be wise to distribute compute resources, use load balancing, replicate data, and prefer managed services where possible.

All services in your architecture must work redundantly so that the system continues to remain operational, even if a server is not available. For disaster recovery, you should consider a multi-location backup, as well as a system backup and service backup.

Author: Gizem Terzi Türkoğlu

Published on: Oct 20, 2022