There has been a lot of fuss about Cloud computing lately, and we bet you haven’t missed the rumors. It is being talked about as an effective computing model and an infrastructure-less domain, which is convenient and updated. In this blog, we will work to understand the Cloud infrastructure, the pros and cons of migrating to it, and the best practices to follow while migrating.
The Cloud facilitates organizations in cutting down their infrastructure cost, its maintenance, staff salaries, and cost of electricity consumption in maintaining a physical data center. Apart from these savings, the Cloud by itself also provides the latest technological software and services, with no worries about server downtime. Clouds can be either private or public and can also be customized.
Generally, with the reference to Cloud we are reminded of Microsoft Azure. MS Azure is a Cloud computing platform. It helps in building, testing, developing, and managing applications and services. This service works through a global network of datacenters managed by Microsoft itself.
With the help of these globally scattered datacenters, Azure helps provide services as offerings. You can better understand Azure as an on-demand data center that does not require any installation premises. It is in the Cloud, and there the services can be availed. The services can be scaled up and down, depending on need.
Let us now look at the essentials while migrating to the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process with ease.
Begin with a Pre-Migration Analysis
Once migration to the cloud is considered as an option, you should do a quick pre-migration analysis. In this analysis, you should check for factors like cost and benefits of moving, plus the tools and services that would be required.
Line up your tools
Before you begin with your migration, make sure that your arsenal is fully equipped. Microsoft offers tools that help in easy migration. These include:
- Microsoft Map Assessment & Planning
- Microsoft Migration Accelerator
Apart from Microsoft’s tools, there are other third party tools as well. It is recommended to begin with analyzing the Quality of Experience (QOE) and user’s expectations, and how this will work with the C,loud.
Measure your success
As a part of pre-migration, businesses should figure out the ROI and QOE well in advance. Companies must keep in mind a particular target beforehand, and then develop a strategy. Making use of a phased migration can help in figuring out your starting point. Measuring success also means analyzing the entire process for its future outcomes. Making an effective plan of what and when to migrate will also help ease the situation.
Proceed to Migration
You have planned and summarized your reasons for migration and can now proceed towards migration.
Of the few tools that assist in migration, the Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment tool will help migrate the Virtual Machines to the Cloud. The objective remains to shift the VM to the Cloud. Other than this tool, many other tools are locally available and of great use, depending upon the services they provide and the services your demand. You can use the Cloud-based server for joining the existing infrastructure.
Integrating On-Premise Infrastructure
Moving to the cloud doesn’t always win everyone’s trust. It is obvious to doubt for data security and privacy while migrating to the cloud. More supplements to providing on premise maintenance for the existing contents.
Once you have implemented, integrated, and transitioned to the Cloud, there is a need to decommission the aiding resources. However, decommissioning should not mean a complete shutdown; a few physical servers should be let loose to follow up in case there comes an unpredicted hiccup. At times like these, the on-premise resources will act as a safety net.
Once you are assured that things are working fine, disconnecting links and connectors won’t affect anything. Despite smooth sailing, you should remain vigilant for a short duration of time.
After You Have Migrated
As you step on to the Cloud, you can begin with basic know-hows and regulatory checks. Let’s look at this in detail.
With Microsoft Azure, you get a number of built-in reports that help crack down on application usage, security, and utilization. It also builds reports that show when and where real-time logins come from. What was often recorded by a moderator working on an on-premise machine can now be easily computed by the Cloud. With the Cloud, you get your hands on many dynamically scalable resources, along with a set of details which can be reviewed when looking at a particular server or application.
If you are beginning to learn about Azure, I suggest you also read our previous blog, 5 Reasons Why Microsoft Azure is the Best Choice for Building Your Career in Cloud Computing.
You should also see our Free Webinar titled Bringing Cloud to the Enterprise.
Plan Your Career
Microsoft Azure has turned into a promising shift for organizations. With all major companies shifting to the Cloud, there are numerous career options beginning to open for fresh talent in the Cloud domain. You can begin your learning of Microsoft Azure right away.