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What to Consider while Migrating from Physical Environment to Cloud?

Organizations looking to migrate to the Cloud necessarily need to remove the gap existing between their existing physical infrastructure and that available in the Cloud. Also, with more movement of workloads to Cloud, IT management needs to devise newer approaches of delivering applications, infrastructure and end user access.

Deciding on What Needs to Be Migrated

Organizations are often confused while deciding on the applications to be migrated to Cloud. Experts recommend that you should thoroughly scan through the available applications before making the move. All that can be said in this regard is that the most critical apps need to be shortlisted; but these not need to be moved necessarily at the first stage of migration. It’s the complexity of an organization’s IT infrastructure that leads to its unawareness about the more-critical assets.

Migrating physical systems to the Cloud proves to be quite challenging at times; however their migration is critical as these are important for business operations. Initial success may be better achieved by moving the less mission-critical applications though it is recommended to create a full list of applications that need to be migrated as it will help to select the Cloud service provider according to your precise needs.

Workload Migration to Cloud – Crucial Aspects Discussed

Industry experts suggest that Cloud migration can be initiated by deploying Cloud for newer workloads. The operational team may get used to Cloud management besides understanding performance metrics once they start running non-mission-critical & new workloads in the Cloud. By gradually moving the smaller workloads to Cloud, IT will get a better understanding of the environment it’s working upon and this will make it easier to counter challenges while shifting the major workloads.

Various other aspects related with migration of workloads to the Cloud include faded visibility into cost analysis, history & performance metrics. It may lead to increased burden of managing Cloud workloads besides arousing fear related to billing, performance & cost. Ensure that your Cloud service provider maintains absolute transparency of such systems so that business costs & IT budget are not affected. As far as your part is concerned, make sure that you completely understand the training & support offered by your service provider. Also acquire a fair knowledge of the SLA and additional cost involved, if any.

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