Move to the Cloud: Your Migration Checklist


If you’ve made the decision to migrate, it’s time to get your affairs in order

Migrating to the cloud is a momentous event in the IT evolution of any enterprise. It means leaving the information technology infrastructure of the late 20th and early 21st centuries behind for the technology that is the current leading-edge, and one that should remain so for the foreseeable future. (Never mind what you’ve heard about Edge Computing; it’s just a way to bring components of the cloud closer to far-flung end users.)

Now is the time to prepare your data and your teams for the transition. What needs to be done to make the migration as quick and painless as possible?

Take stock of applications and data

As preparations begin for the cloud migration, IT workers should take a good look at the applications and data they’ll need to bring over.

For instance, how much refactoring will be required? Refactoring is the process of reconfiguring the existing program code for use on another operating system or hosting platform. When dealing with legacy applications that will require extensive refactoring to work in the new cloud environment, it may be more cost-effective to replace them than recode them. Massive data migrations that contain sensitive data – credit card information, for example – will require special provisions to maintain security in a public cloud environment.

Prioritize the order of migration

Will the company be migrating its applications and database all at once? Will it do so in steps – component by component and service by service? Working with CloudHesive’s Next Generation Managed Services means that, in many cases, their enterprise-ready operating environments can help make migrating critical data and applications in mere days, not months. However, given an IT infrastructure of sufficient scope, scheduling and prioritizing become important considerations.

What are the connections between the company’s services? Which services depend on which other services? CloudHesive generates dependency diagrams that identify which services need to be active for additional services to function and in which order everything needs to be activated.

Work with Next Generation Managed Services for an easier migration

The key to a fast migration on any platform is refactoring. That’s why Next Generation Managed Services has developed a refactoring method that identifies the minimum viable code changes to program code required to make a given application or service function in the new cloud computing environment.

Once the level of required refactoring is determined, the workload is divided into manageable portions called packets. When work on all packets is completed, the refactored code is tested and evaluated. When approved, the refactored application is then served from the public cloud. The transition is seamless from the end user’s perspective, except that now services are more responsive than ever.

CloudHesive keeps the cloud going

After the migration, Next Generation Managed Services monitors the system and takes care of any issues that arise. Next-Generation Managed Services also includes access to always-on-call technical support from experienced engineers with the tools and technology to manage cloud environment issues and make any needed modifications. Need further optimizations to your cloud environment? CloudHesive provides consulting guidance on how to further optimize the cloud on an ongoing basis so it changes with you as your needs change.

Next-Generation Managed Services from CloudHesive takes some of that weight off your shoulders

CloudHesive makes the promise of the cloud come true for your organization. With Next-Generation Managed Services on your team, your company can depend on a new state-of-the-art cloud-based information technology infrastructure. It will support your organization’s existing computing and communications needs and also stand ready to grow and keep pace with your team’s technology demands.

You’ll have resources you can depend on for ongoing support issues that bog down your IT staff and for the big projects that will come down the line. Learn more about Next Generation Managed Services today by getting in touch with CloudHesive at 800-860-2040 or through our online contact form.

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