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Cloud Migration Checklist: 5 Basic Steps for a Rewarding Journey

Cloud Migration Checklist: 5 Basic Steps for a Rewarding Journey

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Do you want to be one of 94% of businesses in the world using the cloud currently? As per Gartner, the international public cloud service market is expected to grow 331.2 Billion USD by 2022.

When everyone is talking about cloud migration, businesses need to find the reasons why they want to migrate. As we all know the cloud offers multiple business benefits like decreasing IT cost, facilitating business continuity and scalability, collaboration efficiency, flexibility, etc. Amongst all these benefits, which one does your business need? Assess your current infrastructure, budget, and ROI planning. These are essential elements of the basic checklist you should assess when you plan a cloud migration.

One business is different from the other. Hence, each needs a different cloud migration strategy. Nonetheless, the basic steps are universal.

Parkar offers a cloud-enabled platform empowered with the Lambda & Microsoft Azure components. We helped a healthcare organization in cloud migration with a centralized repository further speeding up application development time with easy maintenance with optimum security.

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Decide Your Cloud Strategy

Before jumping to the cloud, determine your business goal. It starts with assessing your existing IT infrastructure.  A baseline understanding of your current position will help to create ky performance indicators (KPIs) for cloud migration. It will also help to identify issues during migration.

Some of the cloud migration KPIs you can include:

  • Page load times
  • Response times
  • Availability
  • CPU usage
  • Memory usage
  • Conversion rates

Assess which Application to Migrate

Not all applications belong to the cloud.  Security and cost are two primary components you should consider while deciding the app for migration. Moreover, understanding both business and IT impact while migrating is essential. While selecting the apps you want to move to the cloud, you should consider the following factors:

  • Which application needs redesigns and which application can be lift-and-shift?
  • If an app needs redesigns, how complex will that be?
  • Does the cloud vendor offer any services that enable migration without reconfiguring workloads?
  • What is the ROI for the applications you will be shifting to the cloud?
  • How long the application will take to achieve the same after the migration?
  • Which type of cloud is best for your applications?

We at Parkar successfully accomplished cloud migration with application reengineering for an enterprise with a polyglot platform. This platform enables application reengineering via microservices implementation. With this high-tech cloud migration, we saved the total cost of ownership (TCO) by 30%.

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Plan and Prepare for Migration

Be clear about the reason behind your cloud migration. You should also focus on the cloud benefit you want to leverage and grow. The first tangible step is to assign a dedicated cloud architect to plan and monitor the whole project. If your migration project is large, you need to make many technical decisions and plans. Hence, having a cloud architect makes things easy for you.

When you move from on-premise to the cloud, you can migrate in two ways and they are shallow cloud migration and deep cloud migration.

Shallow Cloud Migration

It’s ‘lift-and-shift’. You just move your on-premise application to the cloud with no or limited changes. It’s called lift-and-shift as the application is just lifted as it is and kept on the cloud.

Deep Cloud Migration
As the name says,  deep cloud migration is not ‘lift-and-shift’. Businesses modify their applications to leverage the prime cloud capabilities in this migration. Sometimes business goes for auto-scaling or dynamic load balancing.

At Parkar Digital, we accomplished a deep cloud migration with application reengineering for a healthcare organization with our new-age cloud computing platform. This is a cutting-edge enterprise distribution of Kubernetes, an advanced solution for continuous development & multi-tenant deployment. Moreover, it speeds up application development time and offers long term maintenance of team & app life-cycle.

Choose Your Cloud Environment

The second important phase before you start cloud migration is selecting the cloud model. You need to choose first whether you want to go with a multi or single cloud.

Fig: Different cloud environments to choose from

Single Cloud

When you deal with a single cloud service provider for migration. It can be a public or private cloud and depends on your business requirements. Sometimes, businesses use a single cloud model for a single service or application.

Multiple Clouds
In such an environment, businesses use different public cloud services from different providers. Often, businesses use different clouds for various tasks to get the best results. And for different departments like marketing and sales, you need different clouds as they have different needs.

Multiple clouds decrease the dependencies than having a single provider.

The popular cloud service models you can opt for are:

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  • IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service)
  • PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service)
  • SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)

Migrate, Monitor, and Review

You can follow the checklist to finally migrate your applications to the cloud:

  • Copy your database. If you have a small workload, you can copy your data relying on an Internet connection. It is not ideal for a large workload. If it takes a longer time, you can simply compress the data before sending it.
  • Your cloud provider gives you access to multiple migration tools.
  • Voila, you are on the cloud. The next phase is resource optimization. Allocate your resources like servers dynamically to leverage the cloud’s strength. Make sure that your team has a feasible resource distribution plan.

Monitoring your cloud is the next important thing after the cloud migration. This is where your cloud service provider comes quite handy. They constantly review and monitor your cloud performance. You can also have an internal team of experts for the same.

Why Cloud Migration with Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform?

Parkar is a one-stop solution provider for all your cloud needs. With prestigious partnerships with the leading cloud providers like Microsoft Azure and AWS, Parkar offers a NexGen cloud platform to design custom cloud solutions for all your business needs.

We create cloud infrastructure with minimal footprint, optimized for effective monitoring, control, and governance. Parkar assures scalable cloud adoption by applying the best architectural and solutions practices of Azure. And all this with minimal interruption to business as a key consideration.

Cloud migrations are often more complicated than just a lift-and-shift. Our azure certified architects and experts have led scores of successful cloud migrations. We make sure that cloud migration for our customers is quick, without disruption, and sets them up to reduce costs, automate, and easily take advantage of their data. Regardless of your reason to migrate to the cloud, our breadth of expertise means you have access to our world-class support before, during, and after your cloud migration.

Fig: Cloud migration experience with Parkar NexGen Cloud Platform

We offer unmatched cloud migration experience with:

  • Application reengineering wherever is required.
  • Containerize applications to decrease app release time.
  • Implement DevOps to integrate your development and operations.
  • Mix public and private cloud to offer hybrid cloud.

Get in touch with us for hassle-free cloud migration.

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Our expertise in Cloud and Data technologies has enabled over 50+ corporations to deliver better customer experiences and lower their business costs.

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