How to Ensure a Successful and Well-Planned Cloud Migration

Cloud migration continues to be one of the biggest challenges companies face during their digital transformation. From the onset, businesses are met with a series of questions they must answer in order to progress along their journey. How do businesses decide which is the best cloud provider to suit their workloads? And which workloads they need to move to the cloud? Is it a simple process or is it more complicated than initially expected? 

There is no denying that a cloud migration, done right, can and will improve your business productivity. However, it is vital to understand your organisation’s unique cloud requirements, not just jumping on the bandwagon as it’s “what everyone else is doing”.

To ensure a successful and well-planned cloud migration, businesses need to focus on two key areas before making their decision. Businesses need to define their cloud migration clearly and properly plan their cloud migration journey. Specifically, they need to know what happens before, during and after the migration.

Before Migration - In defining their cloud migration, businesses need to understand their approach to the cloud. Simply put, they need to identify their business goals and workload priorities. This includes understanding all the costs involved in making the move to the cloud, be it for migration or modernisation. More often than not, most companies fail to realise that they just need to modernise certain workloads instead of migrating everything to the cloud.

At the same time, this is a crucial time where businesses should consider engaging a cloud migration partner. Not only will the cloud migration partner help you plan your cloud journey but also advise you on which areas you really need to migrate and if your team is capable enough to manage the new services on the cloud. Cloud migration partners can also help you manage and support your entire migration process.

When it comes to planning your cloud migration, apart from calculating your total cost of ownership for the entire process, you need to get insights into your dependencies using automated cloud migration tools. This includes assessing workload-level cost estimates and performance metrics on your on-premises environments. A common mistake companies make in their migration is not having a holistic migration plan and not knowing how much it will cost. You need to know what happens at every point of the timeline during your migration so that you do not experience any downtime during the migration process and prevent you from going over budget.

During Migration - There are two key considerations every organisation must take on board. First, they need to make sure their IT team is prepared and capable of working with the cloud. This includes getting the IT and app teams up to speed on cloud technologies, migration tools and operational processes. Businesses need to set up a “landing zone” for workloads to ensure they avoid any governance or compliance issues. Secondly, to avoid serious issues, they need to migrate to the cloud by taking an iterative approach. This means picking manageable workloads for each wave and performing the move using automated tools.

After Migration - The journey does not end. Your business needs to be able to secure and manage workloads, as well as govern and cost-optimise its cloud environments. This includes getting full visibility into and control over your security posture as well as becoming familiar with the tools.

All this just demonstrates how the migration journey to the cloud is not as simple as it seems. This is why companies like Rackspace Technology are offering to help businesses make their cloud journey a seamless one. If you are migrating to one of the biggest cloud providers in the world, such as Microsoft Azure, Rackspace Technology will help you identify the key areas and workloads that you need to migrate and even help you manage your cloud.

With over 2,500 cloud engineers and more than 1,500 Microsoft certifications, Rackspace Technology and Microsoft have cultivated a global relationship focused on helping businesses make the most of Microsoft technologies. They help businesses accelerate innovation with Microsoft Azure by leveraging cutting edge capabilities and applying deep expertise in cloud strategy, cloud-native development, containers, application modernisation, AI/ML Ops, IoT and workload management.

Rackspace Elastic Engineering is a managed support model that provides on-demand access to cloud experts via ongoing sprints to continually remediate, innovate, evolve, and improve customer’s environment(s). Rackspace Elastic Engineering is delivered as tiers of service that include a number of hours per month.

This flexible, collaborative approach to professional services allows customers to dynamically change scope and priorities based on business needs while collaborating side-by-side with highly skilled Rackspace Technology cloud experts to build, migrate, optimize, and maintain the Customer’s cloud environments.

To find out more about how Rackspace Technology can help you get the most out of Microsoft Azure and ensure a seamless journey before, during and after migration, click here.

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