July 26, 2022
As enterprises move off-premises or between clouds, cloud migrations are inevitable. Since cloud-based solutions have become increasingly popular over the last decade, a growing misconception exists that mainframe technology is becoming obsolete. Obviously, this isn’t true.
According to a survey of more than 500 U.S. IT professionals, 67 out of 100 Fortune 100 companies still rely heavily on mainframes to power their IT infrastructures.
Despite all this, organizations are undoubtedly increasingly migrating their computing to the cloud as they become more reliant on cloud services. It is estimated that more than 70% of upcoming and existing businesses now prefer using public clouds for a portion of their workloads. COVID-19 was a major driver of this transformation.
Several large corporations, including Netflix, Spotify, and Pinterest, have successfully migrated their global distributed processing to the cloud, providing a model for others to follow.
To build the most effective data solution for your organization, it’s essential to consider your business’s specific needs and goals. A lack of competitive edge, costly maintenance issues, and limited resources often face challenges for organizations with on-premises data centers.
Taking your data to the cloud is essential for success in today’s competitive marketplace in these situations and many others. However, it is important to note that not all migrations have been successful. Hence, let’s learn how to succeed at cloud migration from our experts:
Successful cloud migration requires accurate planning, setup, and execution. You may run into problems when moving your entire business from an on-premises/legacy system to a new one. Mishandling a cloud migration could lead to information loss, security breaches, and privacy violations. You need a good cloud migration strategy/roadmap that fulfills all your business requirements and objectives. In general, you should focus on two components: Migration of your existing applications to the cloud and Data/Information Migration, which includes conversions, schemas, and databases.
The migration from legacy systems/on-premise to cloud is fun and exciting, but it can also be very time-consuming. To ensure business continuity and consistency, everyone should start the migration in smaller, manageable steps. Taking small steps could help you learn how an application and its sub-applications work.
It is essential to build robust migration architecture before migrating to the cloud. The purpose of systematic migration architecture is to identify cloud requirements, plan resources, and design strategies for the transfer of cloud data. Consequently, the entire responsibility for a successful cloud migration process lies in the hands of the migration architect for detailed technical planning and structured design.
Choosing a cloud platform to migrate critical applications is extremely challenging for enterprises. In order to optimize applications on a cloud platform, APIs and technology are used during the software development process. A thorough assessment of the prerequisites of the business and the technology used in the application must be conducted before choosing a single cloud platform or a multi-cloud platform.
Everything has its limits. A cloud application is scalable, with a “pay as you go” strategy based on demand but even the Cloud has constraints. In order to determine how far and how much your application can scale, consider the various “ceilings” like organization, storage, people, technology, and cost. Furthermore, determining your existing software’s compatibility with the Cloud is vital.
Is your data safe in the Cloud? To avoid being on the wrong side of litigation, it is important to choose a trusted Cloud Service Provider before surrendering control of your intellectual property. It is imperative to prepare for security concerns at the start of any cloud strategy to ensure the company’s data is protected. As an example, Amazon Web Services utilizes best practices to secure users’ data in the AWS cloud.
Safety can only be ensured through effective testing. All stages of migration should be covered by effective testing plans. A collaborative effort between business and IT teams yields the best results. Testing serves as a strong safety net that helps prevent major disasters and provides high levels of confidence throughout the cloud journey.
The post-migration evaluation is also necessary to determine what went well and what caused the issues. It is also necessary to resolve any issues that occurred during the migration. This is where migrating in small pieces becomes helpful since you will have all the records and tracks of the migration. Optimizing resources post-migration is something you should always keep in mind. Make sure the distribution plans for the migrated application resources are appropriate as you move to the cloud.
Migrating to the cloud offers your organization new opportunities, but your migration process should be tailored to your particular needs. Despite its complexity, cloud migrations can be reliable when organizations consider proactive thinking and clearly define their goals in advance, and can make strategic, focused course corrections when they stray from their course.
Now is the time to migrate!
Want to move your business to the cloud, but don’t know where to begin?
We at ZoftSolutions can support you along your journey toward a digital future based on cloud technology, intelligent systems, advanced analytics, cyber security, and more. With our team of skilled staff and our partnerships with leading technology providers, we can help you kick-start your cloud journey. Feel free to reach out to us today if you have questions about cloud migration, or if you need help with your next project.