Where to Begin Your Cloud Migration for the Greatest Possible Success

Bill Young


Enterprise cloud adoption is foremost on the minds of many IT organizations, and anything that can simplify the process and remove much of the risk in the migration process is welcome. At this year’s AWS re:Invent 2016 in Las Vegas, there will be plenty of boot camps to teach attendees about new Amazon Web Services (AWS) capabilities and how to best leverage them to improve developer productivity, network security and application performance while keeping costs low. However, many enterprises are still walking toward the cloud before they start running with it and defining the right migration strategy for success is job #1.

Start by assessing your cloud needs

Your initial cloud migration steps are critical as they shape the ultimate outcome of your cloud strategy. You’ll want to start with a comprehensive cloud assessment to make sure there’s no mystery or uncertainty about what is involved in your company’s cloud migration process.

A cloud assessment will help your organization:

Make informed decisions about your cloud strategy and establish a migration road map for short- and long-term deployments.

Identify cost savings opportunities and provide valid business case justifications with reliable return on investment (ROI) projections.

Create a foolproof plan to implement new applications and workloads to the cloud or migrate existing systems, and to document server, storage, network, application and security interdependencies.

Working with a trusted partner such as Equinix Professional Services for Cloud (EPS Cloud) can help you easily move through the following steps of your cloud workload, application and architecture assessment:

Step 1: Technical discovery – Helps you and your stakeholders collect key information on what workloads and services should stay on-premises or move to the cloud. It will also help you identify critical system interdependencies.

Step 2: Cloud infrastructure design – Provides you with an architecture plan for what re-architecting for the cloud will look like in your environment.

Step 3: Comprehensive total cost of ownership and ROI analysis – Gives you a recommended cloud infrastructure design that will help you make short- and long-term migration decisions.

Step 4: Strategic migration roadmap (proposed timeline and project plan) – Provides you with recommended secure and reliable interconnection solutions designed to guarantee high performance, low latency and maximum control when moving workloads to the cloud.

Step 5: Business case summary – Outlines why and how enterprises similar to yours move to the cloud to achieve business gains including high availability, disaster recovery or scalability.


Establish Secure Cloud Connectivity and Configurations

Once you have completed your cloud assessment, then you will need to perform the setup and configuration necessary to connect to single or multiple clouds, create foundational cloud elements, enable appropriate security and provide training for your cloud team.

Expert cloud enablement provides:

  • Cloud connectivity – Using your legacy systems, as well as the latest, most effective interconnection solutions to the cloud, you can access the leading global and regional cloud service providers to create hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructures. For example, a long-line connection to AWS via AWS Direct Connect on Platform Equinix™, as shown in the diagram below, can help you move cloud-ready applications and workloads directly to AWS on a secure, high-performance connection.ibx
  • Cloud foundational elements – Network, system, storage, IaaS and PaaS component configuration for your entire cloud infrastructure provides a solid, flexible base from which to grow as your business and technical requirements change.
  • Cloud security – A setup of the initial security phases ensures every aspect of your operations is taken into account. The security setup typically includes creating cloud security groups, determining access control lists (ACLs) and developing isolation protocols, in addition to establishing preliminary guidelines to manage identity and access.
  • Cloud training – The most efficient and effective cloud training plan for meeting the needs of your organization accelerates your learning curve and start-up time for cloud migration.

A comprehensive cloud assessment and expert cloud enablement plan from EPS Cloud will help your organization quickly develop a cloud migration strategy and architecture, establish a flexible cloud foundation with fast, secure and scalable cloud interconnectivity, and take the mystery and risk out of current and future cloud migration deployments.

Come see us at AWS re:Invent at booth #510, or check out our high-impact, two-day cloud workshop.

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