Think Big to Achieve True Success in the Cloud
The biggest mistake you can make when planning your cloud migration is thinking too small. Focusing on individual workloads and data sets limits your vision and will limit your success.
For a successful transition to the cloud, your plan needs to address bigger issues, including:
The business possibilities of cloud
Cloud is a major change in technology, but its biggest benefit isn’t reducing maintenance and support. It’s providing the business with the ability to flexibly, responsively leverage technical capabilities in support of business needs. Departments that have stopped asking for features they need because of the lengthy delays in delivery need help changing their mindset to see the possibility of the cloud and to start really using it to help them meet their business needs.
The impact on cloud on your architecture
An application-focused migration to the cloud doesn’t take into consideration the full cloud infrastructure you’re developing. If you migrate dozens of applications without an overall strategy, you end up with dozens of distinct solutions that require individualized approaches to monitoring and management. Craft your application migrations in the context of a larger vision to ensure you end up with a cohesive, coherent architecture in the cloud that your team can support easily and effectively. You’ll also want to identify and prepare for any incompatibilities between resources in the cloud and those that remain in your data center.
Workloads that aren’t equal or independent
Making migration a success requires understanding the importance of workloads, so you can choose the right one to start with and manage the consequences of success or failure. When looking at an individual workload, it’s also important to recognize it exists as part of an ecosystem including upstream and downstream workflows, services invoked during processing, data storage, and user access. Be sure your planning focus is broad enough to address all these aspects.
Security that doesn’t respect boundaries
Security in the cloud requires looking beyond the cloud back at your data center. Data in the cloud rarely remains entirely in the cloud; it gets shared between clouds or pulled back into your data center, either for processing by another workload or in a report or spreadsheet on a user’s desktop. Cloud security needs to provide security not just within the cloud but as data travels outside the cloud.
Impacts on developers and DevOps
Cloud isn’t just a destination for applications; it’s also where they’re built and supported. Developers and DevOps teams have access to new tools, along with significant changes in their work procedures. For the migration to be an ongoing success, these teams need to be fully informed and trained to take advantage of the new capabilities.
Guess what? Your cloud migration isn’t complete when you hit the “on” switch. Once resources are migrated to the cloud, you need to continually monitor systems to make sure they’re functioning properly and meeting your business needs. This means building in visibility and tools to let you oversee these resources, identify and resolve problems, and plan changes to meet additional needs as they develop.
Are you ready to think big when planning your cloud migration?
Prescient Solutions’ Azure services help you see the full picture, migrate workloads, and create a cloud that supports your business needs. Contact us to learn more about how thinking big makes your cloud migration problems smaller.