Cloud Migration 102: Checklist & Planning For Cloud Migration 12 May 2021

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Now that you know the basics, let us help you with a cloud migration checklist. Have this checklist handy that has remarkably important points for learning about the whole process and the ramifications for your cloud infrastructure, today, and for its future growth.

Listicles to make your cloud migration process easy

Not to scare you off, but there are several risks when you talk about data migration. Data loss is one of the most deafening risks in the data migration process. And, next comes the downtime. The lesser the downtime, the better control you will have over your organization’s operations. You must keep the downtime low as much as possible throughout the data migration process. It all starts with having a solid strategy.

The checklist below will help you create that perfect strategy if you are contemplating cloud migration.

1. It all starts with building a checklist.

Despite the very many benefits of cloud computing platforms, cloud migration challenges are real. Having a solid plan will help you minimize the overall downtime during the migration process.

The challenge starts with finding the cloud service provider for your organization. And then comes planning the whole cloud migration process. You must understand that some of your operations will be at a halt during the migration. It will require you to turn off your servers.

When you plan your migration process, keep in mind these challenges, have a couple of alternative plans that are sure of, and keep your strategy subjective to change in case of an emergency. Most importantly, be informed about every move that will happen during the whole process.

2. Choose between public, private, or hybrid cloud solutions.

There are three types of cloud solutions that you can choose from based on your organization’s needs.

  • Public Cloud: A public cloud provides the infrastructure to its clients. The complete computing infrastructure is owned by the company and the customer will have no control over their hardware.

Public cloud uses shared resources, which means it is perfect for developers and those who want to test their applications, real-time. And collaboration with other developers is feasible. On the flip side, It is vulnerable to data violations and security breaches.

  • Private Cloud: Unlike a public cloud, private cloud infrastructure is exclusive and the most secure option for businesses. Organizations will get a private network to collaborate within their team, protect sensitive data, and share data within their organization. It is the best option for companies that operate on strict data regulations.
  • Hybrid Cloud: Hybrid cloud infrastructure is a combination of both cloud platforms – public and private. It is a perfect option for companies that use SaaS applications.

3. Ensure to keep your teammates abreast of the migration.

Planning and communication are the two key factors for cloud migration. Your team must be kept abreast of the plan, the difficulties they may encounter, the drop in easy access to data they may require, the timeline, technical glitches that they may encounter, etc.

It might sound difficult for a few to break their conventional working patterns. Ensure to handhold and educate them about the new working pattern that they may have to adapt to.

Testing every integration point and the work environment is crucial before the migration journey. Keep in mind the cost, productivity, OS stability, data security, employee adaptation timeframe before fixing on a strategy. Being prepared for every hypothetical scenario will help you make sensible decisions and smoothly transition from in-house to the cloud.

4. Keep your security really tight.

Decide who gets access to the highly confidential data. Decide which members of your organization can access the data on the cloud at all times, preferably business leaders should have direct access to sensitive data. It will cutback the potential risks and avoid any security infringement. Encrypting data will be the best option catering to every cloud infrastructure.

Prepare security policies and regulations based on the government requirements catering to your business.

5. Investigate licensing matters.

Traditional local networking environments are usually licensed software by the device, user, or enterprise. However, it is not the process with the cloud. It changes these variables, adds the ability to scale application servers, services, and hosts apps on machines with flexible virtual processor counts. Considering these impacts for your licensing model could save your business money.

6. Keep a check on your SSLs and certificates.

Secure socket layer certificates operate with accuracy to monitor and validate security and data routes. Switching a host location can put your SSLs off route. It is recommended to analyze where and how you will use SSLs. And plan to replace or reestablish them before going live. At Velan, our cloud experts will provide insights on tools to assess your SSL connection and certificates.

7. Review IP addresses

IP addresses are usually dynamically or statically assigned and then forgotten about. It will eventually take on a different challenging layer in the cloud. Old DHCP fields and static addresses will most likely change when migrating to a cloud infrastructure. Hence, you must perform an extensive IP address relationship audit before the move, so the dependent sockets will not be broken or modified during the migration.

8. Assess access control list dependencies

An access control list (ACL) manages user and service activity across your cloud network. If you are planning for a hybrid cloud environment, customer traffic, system activities like monitoring, backups, hypervisors must be reviewed. The IP addresses during migration will impact ACL dependencies. Evaluating the ACL dependencies prior to the migration will make sure everyone and everything can access the new model.

9. Plan for Resource Management.

Physical servers and cloud servers are two distinct jobs. The job description may overlap, but the actual job does not. Transitioning to the cloud will require you to invest in a new team exclusively for monitoring the cloud and its related jobs.

Having an in-house team will burn your pockets unless you have the budget to use. Else, hiring a third-party cloud management company like Velan will not only save you money but help you with any problems that you may face regarding the cloud and its transition process. Please note that the experts could help you with cloud transition and address any problems that you may face. Besides, with Velan, you need not worry about managing your servers, invest in additional security tools and software or updates, resources, physical space, etc. Velan will address every connotation with the cloud and also provide you remote assistance.

10. Study for hardware obsoleteness

Many existing network devices employ hardware acceleration to power through heavy traffic. Not all simulated devices—like virtual routers, switches, and load balancers—currently support hardware acceleration in the cloud. Audit your traffic and processor demands and trends before assuming virtual replacement devices will perform all the duties of existing native hardware.

11. Determine your Return on Investment (RoI).

The cloud migration process may seem upfront expensive for a lot of businesses. You must invest in the cloud server space, migration process, and should bear the overall one-time hit during the transition.

Although this may sound like a terrifying expense initially, you will understand the positive effect the cloud has on your RoI eventually. With the cloud, you are certain to exceed your RoI expectations.

We will tell you how.

Investment in cloud technology means you don’t need to buy any physical servers and any additional servers in the future. The best part of using the cloud infrastructure is you don’t need physical space to store the servers, cooling infrastructure, electricity bills. Cloud infrastructure will be a one-time cost to avoid monthly and any additional costs.

Besides with a cloud service provider like Velan, you will be entitled to other benefits like

  • Expert support during the cloud-migration process
  • Experience and decision-making qualities acquired by working with other clients
  • Answers to all your cloud-related queries
  • Creating a bespoke and perfect cloud migration plan
  • Training on how to use the cloud

Conclusion

We cannot stress anymore about how the cloud is becoming the most powerful technology in the world. 94% of enterprises already use a cloud service. It is everywhere, and every business is using the cloud. The checklist will help you prepare a perfect cloud migration plan, or else you could contact Velan for a bespoke plan and more tips regarding cloud migration

Peter Paul

Technology Consultant

About the Author:

Peter has over 20+ years of experience in managing and delivering enterprise applications and IT infrastructure. He served several IT companies in the US and Canada before joining Velan. He is instrumental in deploying, managing and delivering latest technologies at Velan. He can be reached at peter.paul@velaninfo.com

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