What to Know Before You Migrate – [Cloud Migration Checklist]

The drive to modernize IT infrastructure by adopting public cloud services and infrastructure is an established fact of business today. 

In fact, Forrester Research finds 76% of enterprises in North America and Europe have or plan to start migrating their applications to one or more public cloud providers[1]. However, many of these organizations fail to consider the cost and complexity involved in moving existing workloads.  

For example, applications built to run on legacy infrastructure often suffer from performance decline in the cloud. The resources required to rehost, refactor or redesign applications for cloud readiness are often difficult to predict. Meanwhile, there are many reasons that moving a given workload to the cloud may be a bad idea.     

Without a clear understanding of the business and technology drivers behind your move to the cloud and a clear plan to get there, you may not realize all the expected benefits of migration.  

Based on our experience helping 1,400+ customers move to the cloud, we created this quick checklist to outline the 5 steps to successful workload migration.  

Making a Move to Public Cloud? Read this First.  

 Cloud migration is a common approach to modernizing not only IT infrastructure but also the way your organization goes to market and reaches your customers (internal or external).   

Despite its growing popularity, however, cloud migration isn’t always easyCommon misunderstandings about what’s involved with cloud migration and how you’ll benefit can create confusion between IT and the business.  

 To dive deeper into the who, what, why and how of cloud migration, check out this Forrester report, Top 10 Facts Tech Leaders Should Know About Cloud Migration 

 Looking for help across any aspect of cloud migration and adoption? Explore Softchoice cloud services or check out these resources for further reading: 

 1 – “Top 10 Facts Tech Leaders Should Know About Cloud Migration,” Forrester Research Inc., June 5, 2019.

Getting Workload Placement Right – [Infographic]

Placing application workloads in the public cloud comes with a few key benefitsincluding ease of deployment, pay-per-use billing and scalability 

But as we discussed in our previous article, a “cloud-first for all new workloads” approach may be premature.  

Varying performance characteristicssecurity and compliance requirements mean some workloads are better suited to legacy or private cloud infrastructureFurthermore, the cost of modifying workloads for cloud-readiness and the expense involved in repatriating workloads from the public cloud both mean the workload placement decision deserves careful consideration.

In fact, without due consideration, “lifting and shifting” workloads into the public cloud can result in cost, complexity and performance issues that are difficult to predict.  We created this infographic to outline the key steps to getting the workload placement decision right the first time.  

Need help with your workload placement decisions?

The calculations that go into any workload placement decision must weigh technical and business needs. Assessing the performance demands, security and compliance restrictions and long-term business impact are all imperative before determining workload placement. At the same time, a hybrid or multicloud approach mixing public, private and on-premise infrastructure and services makes sense for many organizations. Learn more about the key considerations for multicloud strategy in our guide, Roadmap to Multicloud Success: Why Architecture Matters.  

Just beginning your cloud transition or looking to get more out of your existing cloud deployments? Check out this Forrester report, Top 10 Facts Tech Leaders Should Know About Cloud Migration or explore Softchoice cloud services 

 

 

 

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