Every cloud migration strategy deploys few established processes that guides and sustains the entire process and helps achieve the set goals. Here, we discuss few critical steps
Testing at various stages forms part of the migration protocol that ensures successful migration. The migration test necessitates to ensure data migration readiness and identifies improvement areas. It becomes essential to ensure there is no data loss especially for a provider who handles third party data. Continuous testing also helps test the workload capabilities. The process involves the real time replication of data to the cloud, workload capability testing on the replicated data and repeated test without any downtime in the operation.
These steps can be automated, repeated in parallel without affecting the business operations.
Business IT Health – continuous monitoring
Continuous monitoring of IT health is imperative to ensure business critical service level objectives as well as for compliance with regulations. The business workload range are quite infrequent in public cloud, making real time response to business IT health complex
Many organisations continue to depend on their existing legacy and critical workloads hosted on premises. With business applications being across multiple locations and with one or multiple clouds, this can potentially affect IT operations. Again, with multiple teams managing these workloads, there is little or lack of monitoring the IT health, which exposes the organisation to an increased expenditure. Hence, it is imperative to continuously monitor the business IT Health.
Data Recovery and Safeguard
With the Cloud Service provider having custody of third party’s data, it’s mandatory for these providers to ensure protection and safeguard the data. A fool proof resilient safeguard system and process is important to face any contingencies. Also, the provider needs to prepare for an outage that is beyond any control; by implementing a recovery solution for public cloud workloads in additional to the basic resiliency safeguards made available by the cloud provider. With a robust data recovery and safeguard solution in place, the business can be ready for expected outages with instant alerts and by shifting workloads to the cloud in other regions quickly.
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