Cloud technology has been serving organizations for over a decade, and each year its adoption rate is increasing rapidly. After the COVID-19 outbreak, businesses are understanding the importance of having a cloud platform in their business infrastructure as it benefits them in terms of time efficiency, cost-efficiency, human efforts, and above all, getting better flexibility.
As per the latest statistics circulated by Hosting Tribunal, the global market rate of public cloud will soar to USD623.3 billion by the year 2023, and the public cloud infrastructure is projected to grow by 35% by the end of 2021. After seeing such statistics, if you haven’t moved to the cloud yet, there are chances for you to be left behind in this intensively competitive market.
However, many organizations make several mistakes during migration to cloud platforms under the pressure of quick digital transformation. The Gartner survey states that miscalculations and poor strategy often lead organizations to overspend by 20-50%.
If you’re about to move to the cloud, you have an opportunity to learn from others’ mistakes. Many organizations have released their checklists for achieving smooth cloud migration. Having an effective checklist for cloud migration ensures a smooth transition from on-premises to the cloud ecosystem.
Let’s look at the platform considerations before migrating to cloud platforms:
Choosing A Cloud Approach:
At the initial stage of the cloud migration journey, your organization must have a clear approach in mind for the cloud-based application, whether to run on a single cloud or multi-cloud platform.
If you choose a single cloud platform, your developers only need to refactor the application according to the cloud regulations. However, this method is quite complex because IT executives need to compare all cloud platforms to end up with one particular cloud. During that, if they make any miscalculation, they might get into a vendor lock-in situation and to get over it requires significant time, money, and human effort investments. If your organization is large and performs complex computations every day, the single-cloud approach might restrict you and can become an obstacle to achieving future success.
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Therefore, the multi-cloud approach can be the best one to avoid vendor lock-in by adopting models like:
One application per cloud:
This multi-cloud approach optimizes business productivity by shifting a single application to a particular or potential cloud to make it perform tasks regardless of disturbances. Further, businesses can get benefits from multi-cloud providers and leverage flexibility to applications in the queue.
Application across multi-cloud:
When cloud efficiency reaches its threshold, applications might face downtime. In this model, there are fewer chances for it as application functions are divided across the multi-cloud platforms, which means one function in one cloud and another function in another cloud. Therefore, businesses can perform more tasks smoothly and quickly in different ecosystems. However, there is one risk, if any cloud lacks in performance, the impact can resonate to another one as an entire application is bound to a multi-cloud platform, which can differ customer experiences.
Differentiating Cloud Migration Planning:
Cloud migration demands teamwork. Thus, tasks are designated in teams from the first phase, which makes each team responsible for their enrollment from strategizing data migration, outlining cloud requirements, and priority task accomplishment for all stages of cloud adoption.
Migrating to the Cloud is a bit tricky in large projects. The reason is, sometimes, IT executives may have to change their strategies, approach, tools, and more. Therefore, it is important to make mission-critical solutions and technical methodologies by involving all stakeholders. A migration architect is essential for the successful accomplishment of cloud migration to determine things responsible for the project.
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Processing Cloud Integration:
You can shift on-premises data to a cloud environment either using shallow cloud integration or deep cloud integration. Both integration techniques are for different requirements, so let’s dive in:
Shallow Cloud Integration:
You can also call this method lift and shift. The reason is it lifts the application without changes or with limited changes and shifts them to the cloud smoothly. Changes to the application make it run in a new environment quickly. Also, in this integration, there is no need for specific or unique cloud servers.
Deep Cloud Integration:
In this method, we need to modify applications completely, so they can get important cloud abilities, like dynamic load balancing, auto-scaling, and serverless processing abilities by integrating them with AWS Lambda. Sometimes, we may need to use cloud-centric data storage systems like DynamoDB or Amazon S3.
Cloud migration changes with the business types and objectives. No matter which strategy you’re using, it will always be critical to tailor a secure cloud environment. Therefore, expert guidance is always helpful to perform cloud migration safely and smoothly.
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