Migrating to the cloud infrastructure is no mean feat. this involves transferring the volumes of data and applications that have built up over the years. The process demands a strategic move.
Cloud computing is evolving as a potent answer to a long list of issues that have been weighing down on enterprises globally. Transferring applications and data to the cloud is becoming commonplace in the digital age. This is owed to the ease, effectiveness, and efficiency of the launch. Due to market fragmentation, choosing the best-fit cloud services, deployment models, and workloads from a multitude of options may be a challenge for enterprises.
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Cloud Migration Challenges
Shifting workloads to the cloud helps giant companies reduce operating costs, and create upgraded IT facilities capable of swift, integrated, and greatly automated development and operations. However, the process is cumbersome and comes for risk in the case of traditional organizations with heavy reliance on legacy in-house operatives to deliver services and revenue for years.
Typical glitches to cloud migration come in these forms:
- Determining the workloads be moved and the order of the transfer process
- Maintaining the level of performance and quality of services.
- Enforcing appropriate levels of security control and regulatory compliance.
- Deciding on the right cloud service provider judging from performance, cost, and security perspective.
- Making sure that the shift does not interrupt the normal working of existing processes
- Also the time of completion of the whole migration matters.
Recognizing the Value of IaaS in an Organization
The public cloud is coming of age and driving globals businesses to their digital transformation. This is bolstered by harnessing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that empowers developers and consistently engages customers via mobile apps and social interaction.
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The value drivers to IaaS adoption can be broadly classified into three categories:
- Considerable reduction of reliance on the on-premise corporate data repository: An incremental approach towards IaaS adoption involves systematically identifying the workloads that can be moved off-premise without disrupting the operations. This is done with the aim of reducing the cost and with the understanding that a reduced set of workloads would probably still reside on-premise.
- Use of IaaS for specific initiatives: Those enterprises with already developed cloud initiatives, and pursuing a cloud-first approach towards new application development, need a centralized IT handling their Line of Business(LOB) requests for infrastructure support for new applications initiatives.
- All-inclusive on cloud-native: New companies may now afford to walk aboard without the burden of traditional IT models and are now bent on creating business models not previously imagined. This is possible with the availability of processing power, storage capability, and bandwidth as per requirement.
- Reduction of cost of apps by 20% to 40% using a scalable and incremental migration process delivered through a factory model.
- Improves time to market by 20% to 30% using an integrated DevOps pipeline with a layered cloud security model.
- Possible to derive a unified pricing model across applications, infrastructure, and security.
Rationalization of the application portfolio and identification of applications suitable for cloud migration enabling frictionless migration into the cloud without disturbing the operational flow.
Important to Note
Migration may necessitate more than one cloud. While some clouds are public, with services delivered over the public internet, others are private, comprising secure cloud infrastructure allowing access to only a specific enterprise. Organizations usually utilize several clouds, both public and private, thus forming a hybrid environment that encompasses on-premise computing assets.