A fully migrated cloud infrastructure is the desired end result of all cloud migration projects and a dream for many small and medium-sized businesses. With all your workloads and applications on a cloud environment, one can streamline the business process and related functions easily. Moving from an on-premise environment and legacy models to a virtual cloud environment is not an overnight task. It involves several stages from assessments, planning, test shift, migration and, finally, after migration checks and assessments. But what do you think are primary considerations and analysis for a fully migrated cloud infrastructure? Are they any risk considerations to be taken into account before the shift? In this article, Five Minutes SST explains to you the key primary considerations for a fully migrated cloud infrastructure. Read on to know what you should do before the shift and check the milestones for analysis and making pit-stops.
Measure the Baseline Analysis for Security and Compliance
After migration, one must focus on identifying the changes in the system from an on-premise set-up to a miniature cloud set-up. This ensures that you have a baseline to compare the cloud functioning in the future. This would further help to check on cloud security and other compliance concerns in the systems through baseline mapping and comparison possibilities. Creating baseline values for cloud services from any service provider helps to grasp and understand the service details and computing capabilities of the prescribed cloud environments and features. This would further help to choose the right service provider based on the compliance standards, security baselines and authentication and authorization features needed. This baseline data would help to restructure the impacted values into categories based on performances and help to skew the cloud specific services in a positive curve for better results and higher success rates.
Identify the Pain Points and possible solutions
An immediate shift to a cloud service is incomplete without pain points and challengers. Your organization must focus on identifying the possible pain points during and after the shift that might affect the business goals and functioning. Keeping in mind that cloud is used to improve standards of business processes, it is essential to first understand that the cloud solutions must eliminate all the pain points and cloud deployment helps business requirements. Hence, in a cloud assessment one must look into the pain points, namely in the areas of security, adoption and IT talent, architecture, cost and administration. With a detailed cloud readiness assessment, one can find the pain points and figure out the solutions to control costs, explore tools and resources, optimize resource training and partnering opportunities.
Business needs to be supported 24×7
With a cloud solution, you can experience 24×7 availability of the solutions and workloads in a virtual environment where monitoring and automation becomes easy. In order to achieve this result, one must check that the cloud solution and the cloud service provider chosen support their business needs at all times and for any necessary functions. Additionally, one must also gauge the extra costs incurred for the variety of support plans offered by the cloud service provider and other third-party vendors to keep a check on the costs for the support and response times. Along with support, one can also become part of the help communities where trusted advisors help with best practices for performance and security. Further, one can also opt for dashboards and personalized alerts to minimize chances of risks, monitor the metrics and manage the resources and workloads on cloud.
Optimization, Scaling and Consolidation Opportunities
Cloud applications offer a wide range of optimization, scaling and consolidation opportunities for the small and medium-sized businesses. Cloud storage, cloud-native facilities, cloud impacted business outcomes and cloud optimization tools give businesses an opportunity to control their expenditures and cost management based on the usage, customer demand-supply fluctuations, seasonal requirements, business goals and changes in the business models and services. With a fully migrated cloud first model, one can navigate their way through the various features and services provided by the cloud providers and business requirement to achieve the best results with minimal technology spend. Additionally, in a fully cloud environment, there is scope for increased scalability and consolidation of existing and new workloads. Thereby, as part of the migration process, one must investigate the cloud optimization tools, scalability of business model for cloud and consolidation opportunities through assessments to predict and jot down the road map for future opportunities in a cloud environment.
Cloud data solutions are still a dream of many small and medium-sized businesses. While many businesses are looking forward to make this shift, they are unsure of how to start the cloud migration process and other resources requirements. Are you one of those who are looking out for the right cloud assessment checklist? Book a consultation with our Chief Executive Officers to get you the right cloud assessment process and become your cloud auditor. Being a cloud customer is just a click away!