Step One: Preparing for Application Migration to Cloud
Every successful on-premise to cloud migration begins with a thorough assessment and planning phase. This early work can set you up for a smooth migration by accounting for legacy applications that should stay on premises, assessing the resources needed for an effective transfer, and developing tracking, governance and billing strategies. For moves to the cloud, Ensono has a proven four-step process called the Cloud Transform Framework. “Cloud Activate” kicks off the assessment phase.
Your move to cloud may be driven by anything from a CEO mandate to rapid company expansion to a need for increased business agility. This phase helps you define your objectives and approach, laying the groundwork for an Azure or AWS migration. As you plot your move with a managed cloud provider, your organization also gains a comprehensive understanding of what the cloud can offer.
Activation begins with a preview of cloud features and capabilities from the provider overseeing your application migration to cloud, along with an assessment of your unique business drivers and cloud capacity. This step also includes a total cost of ownership (TCO) assessment and an evaluation of your IT landscape, pinpointing which applications can be quickly moved to the cloud. After your provider designs and documents the target cloud architecture and you have approved it, deployment is next up.
To prepare for a full-scale Azure or AWS migration, managed cloud providers like Ensono start with automating and scripting templated deployments to the target environment. This approach establishes a landing zone that incorporates best practices and sets you off on the right foot. The activation phase concludes with deploying a pilot application in the cloud. This allows your provider to verify its functionality and performance in preparation for the next phases of the application migration to cloud. Not all applications are a good fit for running on the cloud — and a thorough activation process helps you make informed decisions and increases the probability of success.