The cloud is always evolving, and your enterprise has to understand how to tailor its migration both to emerging trends and business needs. Here are three factors organizations need to be aware of when migrating to the modern cloud:
Legacy Workload Isn’t a Road Block, It’s an Opportunity
Too often, organizations learn that critical, legacy business applications are still operating on programs that are no longer supported or the vendors have gone out of business. This means that when an organization starts to migrate to advanced DevOps or a cloud infrastructure service provider such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), they need to do deeper level discovery and assessment of their entire workload. This is necessary to identify the types of application migration risks.
Due to this, the potential cost of transformation can become a major roadblock. You should take this opportunity, however, to fully refactor these business-critical applications to push data into a stream. You should first focus on migrating the data from these systems to the cloud, and then refactor the application for business needs – not cloud needs. If you’re unsure of where to begin, consider Managed Cloud Services. They will allow you to make these types of changes quickly, so you can get back to focusing on your enterprise.
Automate Security & Governance
By automating governance policies within the release and change management system, you will be able to leverage the highest potential value from your cloud migration. Before starting a data transfer, back up all information so it can be easily accessed. This way, the transition can be rolled back if an unforeseen disruption occurs during the migration process.
With a platform like AWS, there is a great emphasis placed on elasticity, so you should always be able to seamlessly remove or add capacity. If security is not done correctly, it can leave assets inadvertently exposed. In addition to securing data, you also need to make sure the cloud provisioning meets regional and global compliance requirements. This is why it is extremely important that you partner with a cloud service provider that has the knowledge and expertise needed to guide your migration in the right direction.
Make Innovation Part of the Journey
The goal of migrating to the cloud is not just to reduce costs or to improve security controls, it’s also to increase revenue. As you migrate data to the modern cloud this is an opportunity for your team to think about new approaches for existing workloads and new revenue stream opportunities. Our innovation workshops help customers bring down the cost of failure and analyze various innovation delivery systems utilizing AWS solutions.