The growing popularity of cloud computing has resulted in a huge need for services dedicated to cloud migration. The cloud migration services providers and their respective channel providers try to implement best practices to seamlessly migrate the company’s data and resources over the cloud. The biggest challenge for any cloud services provider is to come up with a robust cloud strategy to satisfy the ever-growing demands of their customers. Nowadays all the clients are knowledgeable enough to ask the provider about the migration strategies to run their applications over the cloud. The major difficulties faced by some customers while deploying their applications over cloud are regarding the time and budget constraints. Since the enterprises are suffering from these struggles, they look for a robust cloud migration strategy. So it is important for both the IT integrators and cloud consultants to have the depth of experience and knowledge about the cloud strategies to proceed the cloud migration journey together.
Cloud Migration Strategies & Services –
The cloud migration service providers are anticipating an increase in customers asking for assistance from them. Earlier, a set of applications were customized to run in the cloud by the cloud services providers. The applications were then availed to the enterprises as a cloud solution. However, the practice did not last for long because of the tremendous growth in technology. The enterprise and channel partners now struggle with the cost and complexity to rewrite the applications from scratch in the cloud to attain maximum cloud performance.
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To achieve this, the partners are inclined towards a more agile cloud migration strategy that includes two phases:
Phase 1: The first phase, referred to as ‘lift and shift’, moves the application into the public cloud and keeps all the architectural or code changes to a minimum level. This helps the application to be up and running in the cloud with minimal friction. Usually, the changes are done only at the platform level, such as the ones with the cloud instance options. This approach requires very less time and energy and hence is most preferable.
Phase 2: The second phase, known as ‘analyze and optimize’, evaluates the applications as for how they run in the cloud and then adjust them according to the customer’s requirement. Users are allowed to moderately change the application, for instance, to shift from the on-premise optimized database to a cloud’s database-as-a-service platform. The light optimization decisions are usually made after ‘lifting and shifting’ the application into the cloud.
The cloud migration providers are concerned about the areas where customers seek the most assistance. These areas need proper planning and strategy, application discovery, and execution of the migration. Using the above phases, the channels and their respective customers gains a fast, easy and agile route to the public cloud considering all the cloud projects are unique. Besides, there are certain general recommendations that a customer always looks for in a cloud migration provider.
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General Recommendations –
Minimal or no cloud re-writes: No clients want to re-write the cloud applications. Thus, they always look for a provider that avoids cloud re-writes. As the re-writing process completely erases the benefits of a tightly integrated app in the cloud because of the cost and complexity factors. So it is always better to stick with applications that can be moved as it is and then can be optimized as per the client’s requirement.
Flexibility: Customers prefer providers that can avail them flexible technologies and architectures. They are in constant need of solutions that allow simple and fast migration of their workloads to one or multiple clouds and between the clouds, as well, with no disruption, downtime or any sort of re-configuration.
Cloud-agnostic management: Those channels or partners that offer unified, cloud-agnostic management and configuration are highly preferable for clients. Agnostic management makes the cloud applications generalized and interoperable among various systems. This approach attracts the greater number of clients.
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