Making Sense of Migrating Your Workloads to Azure

March 7, 2018
Dan Johnson

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Dan Johnson

Solutions Architect at SoftwareONE

The other day I searched the Internet on “How to Migrate to the Cloud” and ran across a number of articles stating what questions you should ask yourself when migrating to the cloud…5 Critical Questions to Ask, 6 Questions to Ask Yourself, 50 Questions You Must Ask When Migrating to the Cloud!!!!

Incredible, all you need to know about cloud migrations and every consideration for each unique company boiled down into one two-page article.  Seems simple enough, right?

So let me make it even easier and give you just two questions to consider:

  • Does moving your workloads to the cloud make business sense for your organization?
  • How do you do it?

That’s it, drop the mic and walk away.

Ok, maybe there are a few sub-questions to consider on your cloud migration journey but those are unique to you and your business and technical needs.

As a Cloud Architect at SoftwareONE specializing in cloud migrations and assisting our customers in answering these types of questions – we have  created our SoftwareONE Cloud Migration Service that helps businesses answer the two questions above, and many more.  The Cloud Migration Service consists of three basic components: Cloud Advisory, Cloud Base and Cloud Migrate.

Why Cloud Advisory?

Are you are not  sure if moving your applications to the cloud is right for you? Before you move to the cloud, you need to be able to answer the fundamental question, “Does moving your workloads to the cloud make business sense for your organization?”  At this point it doesn’t matter what cloud vendor you might be considering (Azure, AWS, Google, other); you need to understand your goals and answer additional questions that may be blocking your decision to move into a cloud datacenter. Some of those “sub-questions” we explore revolve around:

  • Security – Is my data secure? How is it protected? How do I know where it is?
  • Costs – Is the cloud really more cost effective for my applications and bottom line?
  • Compatibility – Will my existing or legacy applications run in the cloud?

Organizations need to build a business case for moving to the cloud and if there isn’t one in the immediate future that is ok too. You’ll understand where you are now, and know where you need to be when you are ready for building your first cloud datacenter.

So you’ve decided to move, what next?

Once you’ve decided to move into the cloud you need a plan for how to get there, how long will it take and what it will cost to get you there,  as well as how to optimize your costs in the future. An effective migration service should include  two phases, Design and Transition.

The planning and building phases of a Cloud Migration Service help to remove the pains and deliver the benefits of transitioning to your new cloud datacenter.  What pains you might ask?  Companies typically face a few common challenges during the migration phase, including:

  • Strategy – The lack of flexibility and the difficulty of capacity planning are key issues businesses face when moving to the cloud. Most organizations have trouble understanding that you move applications to the cloud and not servers.  There are a lot of dependencies within your environment.  More than you even realize. However, using the right discovery tools you can understand how these distributed applications should move together and then plan your timelines accordingly.
  • Costs – Did you ever try to plan a move to the cloud and stop half way through the planning because of the lack of transparency around the costs of moving to and operating in the cloud? Or, maybe you started to migrate and found costs started spiraling out of control while maintaining your environment only to pull back to your on-premises environment. Again, with the right set of tools and experience you can look at what it would cost to run your existing servers in the cloud and what “right sizing” those instances will do to help optimize your spend.  Additionally, you can compare the cost of multiple cloud vendors and use that as one of your decision points for determining where you want to run your cloud environment.
  • Operations – There are a number of labor intensive tasks in designing and transitioning into the cloud as well as “keeping the lights on” during the migration with as little downtime as possible. Planning your migration strategy can make a move to the cloud seamless to you and your customers.

How organizations can benefit from a cloud migration engagement

Here are five benefits of engaging in Cloud Migration Services:

  • Reduction in the total cost of ownership through right-sized, just in time capacity
  • Alignment of workload consumption to the business unit
  • Reduction in the amount of Capital Expenditure locked into traditional infrastructure solutions
  • Decrease on the operational burden of the  IT teams
  • Improves or maintains the existing data security of the workload

Your journey starts here

Are you interested in understanding your current environment and mapping out a plan to see if moving to the cloud is right for your organization?  Contact one of our Technical Solution Specialists and we can walk you through what to expect when you engage SoftwareONE to advise you on your journey into the cloud.

 

One Response

  1. RajeshN says:

    Helpful blog post! This post has very clear explanation and well detailed about the significance of migrating workloads to azure, the common challenges that companies are currently facing during the migration phase and how organizations can benefit from a cloud migration engagement. Also, thanks much for explaining the three basic components in cloud migration service. Great post!

    Best Regards
    RajeshN, Nous Infosystems

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