Cloud migration has become a priority for all organizations undergoing a digital transformation, seeking to enhance the performance and effectiveness of their IT environments.
However, the migration of applications has proven to be a challenging process. In order to help companies make that move into the future, we have put together a four-step cloud migration checklist learned from industry best practices.
1. Set Strategic Priorities and KPIs for Your Cloud Migration
No migration template fits every business or organization. Therefore, the very first thing you need to decide is what your company wants to achieve from the move, covering every aspect of each service and application and including specific metrics to improve.
It will also help you establish cloud migration KPIs to identify issues during the migration process and decide when your migration has been successfully completed.
Some KPIs might include:
- Page load times
- Memory usage
- Conversion rates
- Response times
- CPU usage
These metrics allow analysis across several categories to define how cloud applications are performing.
2. Decide Applications to Migrate
Not all applications belong in the cloud. It is necessary to carry out a comprehensive analysis of your architecture and take a careful look at your applications to determine what makes sense to migrate.
Some applications and services will be easier to move than others. You may be able to ‘lift and shift’ those with few integrations and dependencies, especially if they have been designed to work across multiple platforms. Others may need to be tweaked or re-platformed before they can be moved over. Applications that have been custom-built for your environment might need to be completely rebuilt to work in the cloud.
Once you have divided your applications into these types, you should be able to decide on a way forward.
3. Come Up With a Data Migration Plan
Once you’ve finished the assessment of the applications to migrate to the cloud, you need to decide how you want to move each asset. Keeping data integrity and operational continuity entails a careful analysis of each app’s integrations and dependencies.
Complying with industry rules and regulations is also crucial. Being aware of the practices that refer to data transmission and storage will make the migration process lean and will help the company understand whether an application can be migrated at all.
4. Decide on The Right Cloud Migration Provider
Unless you have in-house specialists with hands-on experience in the cloud, a crucial part of your data migration will involve picking a cloud provider that can work with you throughout and after the migration process.
Before deciding on who to work with, ask a cloud consulting firm or similar specialist what experience they have with cloud migrations, which tools they use, what level of support they can provide, and how they will deal with complex interdependencies, inflexible architectures, and obsolete tech.
Most significant migrations require the coordination of lots of interconnected parts. Once you have defined your baseline metrics, it’s time to decide where to start.
Following a checklist helps companies avoid challenges and provides a smoother journey. Ultimately, it will allow you to reap the benefits of moving to the cloud.