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Migrating to the cloud is today’s essential for business efficiency, improved productivity, data security, business continuity and regulatory compliance. Cloud migration has become even more vital in today’s remote working environment. Databases, applications, workloads, systems, and projects now need to be easily and securely accessed from anywhere, anytime. While migration is not as onerous as you may think, it does require detailed preparation.
There are 5 steps to ensuring swift and seamless migration to the cloud.
Undertake a Comprehensive Assessment of Current IT Infrastructure
Successful cloud migration starts with an assessment of the current state of an on-premises or hybrid environment. It includes identifying all infrastructure elements and their current and anticipated utilization to reveal insights on cloud readiness, compatibility, and interdependencies of I.T. infrastructure, apps, databases, and workloads. The insights will then inform evaluation of cloud readiness and any measures needed to make them cloud ready.
Creating a Well-Defined Cloud Migration Strategy
You need to plan how you will move your data and applications from your on-premises architecture to the cloud. The plan will be your roadmap to the most efficient way to prioritize and migrate applications.
Ensuring Proper Data Migration and Integration
You need to clean, standardize, catalogue, and group your data and identify which datasets you want to move.
Training and Upskilling Teams for Cloud Adoption
There’s more to cloud adoption that just migrating to the cloud. To get the most out of your migration, it’s important to ensure your team understands the shift and how to operate within it.
Implementing Robust Cloud Security Measures
By identifying the compliance standards, you need to meet, you can design the best security controls for your business and totally adhere to your regulatory environment, maintain data integrity and engender customer trust.
These five steps will be the foundation of an effective cloud migration roadmap that includes detailed information about the apps you want to migrate, app/database availability, downtime constraints, and migration milestones. The plan will detail how long the data copy takes and include a realistic buffer for post-migration testing. A comprehensive migration roadmap when adhered to will minimize downtime and limit the potential operational and business impact during migration.
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