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What Enterprises Need to Know When

Migrating to the Modern Cloud

What Enterprises Need to Know When Migrating to the Modern Cloud

  • 27 February 2020
  • AWS

Agile. Competitive. Innovative. These are just three of the terms that come to mind when describing a successful enterprise. How can organizations guarantee, however, that they actually embody these characteristics, and what can help them stand out from the competition? For starters, a great way to become truly agile, competitive, and innovative is through the adoption of cloud-based solutions.

Cloud adoptions are happening at an increased pace across organizations of all sizes and industries. The modern cloud enables increased scalability, greater flexibility, and improved business continuity. Plus, the modern cloud provides access to proven technical benefits such as the design of an optimal platform for any business’s data and the seamless transition of workloads from on-premises environments.

Making the transition from managing all applications on-premises to employing the cloud means businesses are better able to benefit from the technological advancements available in their industries. So, in a society that is embracing the modern cloud, what do enterprises need to understand when starting the data migration and storage process? Let’s take a look.

The Challenges the Modern Cloud Presents

By 2022, Gartner expects that more than $1.3 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to the cloud. Despite the opportunity it presents, migrating their data to the cloud can still be daunting for organizations. To migrate their data to the modern cloud, organizations first need to adopt a strategy based on a deep understanding of data, including where it lives, where and how it is collected, and how it is used throughout the organization.

Both manual and automated approaches to migration have their pros and cons. Manual migration through the use of administrative tools is known for being time-consuming, expensive, and it impacts the availability of IT resources for outside projects. Automating the process can initially be uncomfortable for those in the IT department overseeing the process – as it essentially takes a one size fits all approach to migration – but it often supports a quicker and smoother migration.

Regardless which transition approach your organization decides to take, you should consider working closely with a trusted partner to ensure the migration goes smoothly. This will help ensure that all major concerns are addressed before, during, and after the migration, and that data does not get exposed or become compromised in the process.

The Journey to the Modern Cloud

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.

AWS Portal Workshop

The goal of the portal workshop is to give you an overview of the functional diversity and the possible areas AWS makes sense for your organization. In addition, we will guide you from step one to the fi nish line.

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Moving Forward

Work does not stop when the cloud migration is complete. Once the assets are in the cloud, organizational leaders need to take inventory of cloud activities regularly to ensure they still support business objectives. Activities should be streamlined and tracked regularly so cloud spend does not grow out of control. If untracked, you could find cloud costs could be 2 to 3 times higher than expected.

This might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Using a cloud spend management platform such as PyraCloud provides you with the visibility and control to track and govern your cloud resources. You can set up alerts to be notified if you hit certain spend/consumption thresholds and receive recommendations on how you can optimize your cloud environment.

A solid cloud migration strategy and regular evaluations outweigh the risks. This is especially true when you develop an innovation strategy to ingest the cost savings from the cloud in order to build new digital services for the end customer in pursuit of a more niche market solution.

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We are fluent in AWS and ready to support your migration. We understand that moving your workload to the cloud is no small feat, which is why we created Simple for AWS. With Simple for AWS, you’ll be able to receive the support you need from our global experts, manage spend, and automate billing.

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