Cloud Migration

Checklists, Strategies, and Plans

Strategy for Cloud Migration

Successful migration of a cloud warrants comprehensive strategy planning, followed by the execution of those plans. You must establish migration goals, create a schedule, anticipate potential challenges, and define what a successful project ultimately is comprised of.

Migration strategies determine which workflows will be moved over to a cloud, as well as which ones will be kept on-premises. You’ll also need to establish what kind of apps and abilities you want added to the cloud. The migration strategy you plan should go over specific use instances for workloads that are being moved. This may come in the form of enterprise applications that are mission-critical, data recovery and backup, collaboration and productivity apps, or program development projects. Establishing use cases beforehand allows you to put together a sound strategy while setting a foundation for proper migration execution.

A migration strategy generally covers budgeting, security, and risk assessments, in addition to the kind of cloud – private or public – hosting each workload being relocated. More enterprises than ever are using multi-cloud approaches, developing hybrid cloud environments that have the potential to become even more complex than they already are. Migration strategies must address environment management in a simplified and consistent manner.

Security plan elements must factor in whether or not to encrypt certain kinds of data (or all of it), replication requirements, , and regulation compliances based on data (both in-motion as well as at-rest).

Ensure that the migration strategy includes communication components, as shareholders must be kept informed about the migration progress. You also need to establish the specific responsibilities and roles they have in a project.

Planning Cloud Migration

After a strategy is formulated, you’ll need to move ahead with the migration planning stages. Migration plans should factor in all workloads that are being transferred over to a cloud, as well as the sequences associated with migration of them. Instructional approaches can facilitate migration success and give you an opportunity to educate staff during this progression. Consider implementing one workload to begin a migration process and test it out, then evaluate the outcome. Doing so will allow you to make modifications, should they be necessary.

A migration plan should cover services, migration tools, project metrics, scheduling, and roadmaps. They should also come with communication plans for cloud vendors, implementers, organization leaders, and stakeholders (where applicable). Stakeholders may include users impacted by changes that come about from migration.

Key aspects of cloud migration plans:

To optimize effectiveness, a migration plan must include these elements:

  • Stakeholder communication.
  • Performance metrics.
  • Definition of roles and processes.
  • Migration sequence and priorities.
  • Workloads to be migrated.