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How to easily approach a cloud application migration

Four steps to consider when approaching a cloud application migration as well as what you should look out for.

How to easily approach a cloud application migration

If your business is built on any variety of application then you’ve either been having, or you’ll begin to have, conversations about the need to migrate applications to cloud.

Whether the application in question is a portal of some sort, runs your email or is a software system used by clients, the cloud is the new standard of hosting.
Whatever technology it is exactly becomes fundamentally more accessible, useful and reliable when it leaves the confines of your office and becomes universally available on the cloud.

Ensuring a smooth cloud application migration

There are a number of reasons why an application is yet to grace the cloud yet. . From compliance issues to a lack of downtime, client pushback or a general if it ain’t broke mentality, In honesty for many companies it can be a plethora of reasons.

Unqualified staff, compliance issues, can’t afford the downtime, largest clients are jittery about it, don’t want to change what’s already working, or most of all. You simply don’t want to spend the money.

All of the above come up so often in cloud blogs i honestly despair sometimes on what to really tell you that i haven’t already on the cloudhelix blog (something i try to stay as direct and honest as i can in at all times)

Truly the simplest answer is: call a professional.

I didn’t say engage and start paying a professional, but just like considering anything else, do your homework, shop around a bit, get a few quotes, maybe speak to a consultant who’s a specialist in the process of how to approach cloud application migration.

The important factors of a cloud application migration

Moving forward let’s say you’ve had a chat, and now it’s down to the pro’s and con’s of whether this is necessary now, or in a year or three years etc.

1. Legacy Applications

They’re called legacy applications for a reason, relating to an outdated system or method which has become obsolete in comparison to its modern counterparts.

Realising that the cornerstone of your company's success is now outdated and going to require a major overhaul to stop it from being taken down by a newer slightly different counterpart is a major factor.

Disruption happens. Now more than ever.

In accepting that legacy applications have a ‘sell by date’ as it were, at the very least you’re embracing A) that it could be improved years down the line from when it was originally designed. B) it’s a chance to add value for your clients and how there needs have changed C) you stay relevant and technologically intouch to investors and prospective acquisitions.

2. Availability

You can’t argue that some people are just more effective in a location that truly suits their needs.

A portal that can only be accessed by X amount of computers connected to X specific servers can be a headache in the long run against the infinitely available cloud.

Very little argument around it really.

Not just on your side for staff and developers - but most definitely for your clients as well.

You want to be attractive to any business, no matter where they are, no matter how they operate. It’s an embarrassment when basic technical failings deny you a massive client signing on because you can’t match the availability and mobility that the cloud affords them.

3. Unqualified Staff

Again you reach a crossroads.

Your IT team is great, i’m sure they all work hard and are all good people.

But, manual server updates and maintenance monopolising half their time every month is still a big spend to you, and furthermore it’s never going to change.

Unless you allow it to! Cloud application migration affords the team the opportunities to automate, to optimise, to integrate therefore streamlining their workload.

If your team is without the skills to feasibly make this application migration happen, then you’ve got the option of letting them retrain with you, replacing them to suit your new structure, or switching entirely to managed services for both the entire migration project, setup and continuous running of its infrastructure from that point forward.

It’s an unfortunate truth that technology quickly changing and growing does leave casualties in its wake, and in this case it will be the larger team required to run an in house server infrastructure and the application running on it, against the smaller agile devops team that can handle its complete automation and offer even more on top.

4. Efficiency & reliability

Last but not least, their is a strong argument to be made about the savings through the efficiency of the cloud, as well as the reliability a multi-cloud strategy for both hosting and disaster recovery would afford you.

To be able to make guarantees about your application to key clients, you need to know that you can back them up.

Cloud application migration does afford an opportunity even to applications already running on the cloud, for a good look at what could be made better, where you’re losing money, when the servers need to be scaling harder.

If you know 70% of your applications data isn’t mission critical then offload it to a public cloud and save money.

Similarly do the servers need to be spinning 7 days a week 365? If not, then again it’s money you could be saving.

The majority of failures with applications and infrastructure hosted in house can come from their overt vulnerability from cyber attacks, and further to that the people being around to run and maintain them outside of hours as well as inside.

Just because the easiest way to satisfy basic data compliance laws was to have an in-house server in the 90’s, that doesn’t have to cut the mustard now in 2017 no matter the cost.

Help in finding that ‘easy approach’ to cloud application migration.

As i said above, even if it feels criminal to go outside of the company and ask for help, who is it really hurting?

It’s a fact of life that no matter how good you reckon you are, their is always guaranteed to be someone that is leaps and bounds better than you!

Cloudhelix launched Experts As A Service (EaaS) because it offered technical and consultative support to teams in a quiet way that allowed them to reach their goals without having to publicly admit they needed help.

Furthermore it was launched because we see it as tech support and service agreements being done right, the way they should be done.

Maybe your staff could get half a cloud application migration done. But to do it, and do it optimally to a level that really sees it making a difference may well require the skill and expertise of someone with a high level experience across every cloud available. They might simply consider the knock-on effects it will have to your infrastructure more than you could understand.

Knowing you have to upgrade is the first part of the battle.

Identifying what exactly needs to upgrade with it, is another part of the puzzle.

Tackling whether you can handle it or if you need professional help, from people like us over here at Cloudhelix - that’s another part.

Seizing the opportunity to make key changes and lay the groundwork to last you the next 20 years - that’s straight up mastery, and is very much the winning end game.

Posted in Cloud Consulting on Oct 10, 2017


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