How to Successfully Move to the Public Cloud

By the end of 2017 more than half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments according to Gartner. Today large enterprises have realized that public cloud adoption will give them a more cost-effective business opportunity. Therefore, by migrating to the cloud companies can have a disaster recovery plan and different business continuity options available to them. Furthermore, the public cloud offers businesses elasticity and a low-cost, pay-as-you-go model.  The public cloud helps a company's IT department handle all their application needs.  

Unfortunately, many companies still have problems understanding and figuring out where to begin. Companies' CIOs now try to write new procedures that will incorporate their current IT services to the public cloud. However, as your migration process begins you’ll need to pay close attention to:

  • Streamlining your migration process.
  • Reducing your company’s risk during your migration process.
  • Staying focused, target your wins, and carefully plan your migration to the public cloud.

There are six steps that your IT department needs to follow to ensure a successful cloud migration.

  1. Understanding – Before migrating to the cloud your company needs to school your IT team on how to get started. One way is to watch and read all the new user guides your public cloud vendor offers. Afterwards, your IT team needs to build one workload. Once the workload is successfully migrated to your cloud account, download and use a few imports and migration tools.
  2. Technical Support – It’s important that your IT team takes full advantage of your cloud vendor’s technical support team. Furthermore, before selecting your cloud vendor read each contract to see how the different vendors handle technical support issues.
  3. Application Plan – Before migrating to the cloud your company must map out your application plan. Determine which applications will run on the cloud, what workloads will stay in the cloud, and what you want moved to the cloud.
  4. Managing Deployment – It’s vital that your IT department takes their time migrating your workloads to the cloud. Start off with a manageable group of virtual machines first. Afterwards, test the first workload you’ve deployed to the cloud. Once you're satisfied and there are no problems with your workload, it’s time to migrate your next workload.
  5. Beta Testers – Select a few employees to test your new cloud-based workloads. Work with your testers to determine if there are any issues or problems that need addressing. Once you're confident the applications are working, it’s time to introduce your cloud-based application to the rest of your employees.
  6. Test – It’s necessary that your IT department continues to test each new workload you’ve deployed to the cloud. Testing will ensure that your applications are performing correctly, and there are no issues that need addressing.

Conclusion

Deploying your company’s workloads and applications to the public cloud is a major step. Therefore, to ensure the success of your new public cloud applications, it’s vital you follow these six steps. This helps your IT department to successfully migrate your workloads to the cloud.

 

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