Cloud computing has come a long way over the years. Yet, only few enterprises have mastered the art of cloud migration. The secret to a successful migration lies in a well-defined, phased, and iterative approach that not only streamlines the process but also accelerates the outcome. I have helped many clients adopt a roadmap that transforms their migration journey. I am sharing one such approach in this blog:
Phase 1: Plan
Benjamin Franklin once said, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail". Planning thus becomes the most critical part for a cloud migration program. Key focus areas in this phase are program management setup, portfolio analysis, and cloud architecture and operating model layout.
Phase 2: Assess
During the Assess phase, applications are analyzed in detail for future disposition. Cloud architecture and cloud operating model help lay the foundation for migrations.
Phase 3: Migrate
During this phase, foundation cloud architecture and operating model are implemented and the first set of applications identified as quick wins are migrated. The set should include a varying complexity of applications across different business units. Furthermore, during this phase, it is important to take a proactive approach to change management.
After initial application migration, it is time for enhancing scalability and accelerating the cloud migration journey. While shifting the focus to scalability, it becomes important to keep a tab on cost and security.
DevOps Automation- the key ingredient
Cloud migration is a great time for enterprises to rethink their operational processes and improve the efficiency in managing and administering their portfolio. DevOps automation helps address the needs of a successful cloud migration while improving the operational efficiency of the services. This includes both infrastructure and application deployment automation. Additionally, standard templates and scripts significantly accelerate the build-out of future environments. DevOps also brings a number of business benefits including repeatability, auditability, significantly lower deployment risks, and faster iteration cycles - all crucial to improved operational excellence, better security posture, and improved competitive advantage.
Being a change champion and not just a cloud migration partner
Over the years, Virtusa has helped multinational mass media corporations successfully migrate to the cloud. Based on our experiences, we have discovered that overcoming the associated challenges with migration also becomes an important part of the journey. Our learnings have helped migrate existing mission-critical applications with zero risk. Lastly, our goal has been to accelerate time to market while reducing the TCO- something that we have consistently been able to deliver
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In 2023, enterprises face a daunting task: Controlling costs and, at the same time, deriving greater value from existing cloud investments.