Cloud Migration — The guide to switching to cloud — TheCodeWork
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By 2025, more than 100 zettabytes of data-or 50% of all global data-will be stored in the cloud! It’s quite an astounding figure, isn’t it? And there’s more! Studies say that over 94% of businesses employing more than 1,000 individuals have moved a significant portion of their workloads to the cloud.
From these data, we can clearly see a trend-one that has really picked up pace in the last few years.
“Cloud migration” typically refers to the process of switching digital operations from on-premises or legacy software to-you guessed it- the cloud. Think of it as a physical move, but involving data, IT processes, and other relevant applications. And just like a physical move, it might require quite a bit of planning and advance work. But all this hard work usually pays off with significant cost savings and increased business flexibility.
In fact, not only does cloud migration result in improved business operations. It also provides enhanced security to crucial business data as compared to old-school legacy infrastructure. See, it’s a win-win all around!
All these benefits are probably why cloud migration has become so widely popular in recent times. Indeed, recent studies predict that cloud adoption will increase at a 17.9 % compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2026.
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Now, you may be wondering: what do I need to know before considering cloud migration for my business? Well, read on!
When should you consider cloud migration?
As I’m sure you’d agree, the decision to move operations to the cloud is not a trivial one. With cloud migration, your business will see changes in the way it operates and the technology it uses and produces.
In doing so, you will be able to deliver your products/services more quickly, effectively, and affordably. Sounds good, right?
But there’s a catch: these changes can only happen smoothly when you have correctly assessed the timing for the move. Indeed, there are definitely some red flags that you should watch out for.
That being said, you don’t necessarily have to wait for a massive red flag to consider cloud migration. Here are some situations which you can use as a perfectly opportune time to switch to the cloud:
- End of Life (EOL) of your software or hardware,
- System upgrade, or
- Expiration of system maintenance/maintenance renewal
In each of the above scenarios, you will need to migrate to a new platform anyway. So, it makes sense to use it as an opportunity to move to the cloud and make some progressive IT changes, doesn’t it?
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Switching to the cloud- a step by step guide to cloud migration
Since each business has unique demands, there will of course be some variation in the migration to the cloud process. That being said, most cloud migrations will follow these fundamental steps:
Moving to the cloud is much more than just a technological experiment. It must be founded on business outcomes-specific goals that your company wants to accomplish.
First and foremost, you need to ask yourself these crucial questions:
- What value will the cloud add to your business?
- What performance improvements do you want to see in your business?
Once you are crystal clear on these goals, you can use them as the basis for creating a cloud migration strategy. Or better still, you can communicate your business goals to TheCodeWork team! And let our experts devise the perfect cloud migration action plan for your business.
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Cloud security is somewhat different from security for on-premise legacy infrastructure. I mean, that’s just a given, right? So, you will need to take a slightly different approach to ensure cybersecurity for your data in the cloud.
For example, you might need to take steps like:
- Introducing Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)- a multi-step identity verification process to prevent unauthorized users from getting access to your cloud data.
- Managing User Access- Overseeing who gets access to which application in the cloud.
- Automated monitoring solutions- To keep an eye on end user activity and detect any intruders
These security measures will help to keep your business data safe as you make the transition to the cloud.
The chances of losing data through the cloud are very low. However, the odds of losing information because of human error can never be entirely ruled out.
This is why you should always consider keeping a backup of your cloud data, even before you finally switch to the cloud.
Moreover, you should regularly update this backup database, so that the cloud database stays current during the migration process.
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Now comes the most crucial step in the process-the one where much of the heavy lifting occurs. Yes, I’m talking about the actual migration process- where you will replace on-premises production with cloud production
This typically entails
- creating new cloud-based applications and services,
- revamping existing apps and functions for the cloud,
- making changes to the existing architecture and infrastructure
The objective is to eventually establish a completely new operating culture and tech model for your business. One that will allow your company to innovate more quickly and efficiently. Sounds good, right?
But remember: to keep your cloud journey on track, you will need a solid cloud management plan, some automated migration tools, as well as a team of experienced professionals. Luckily, TheCodeWork’ s full product development team has everything you’ll need in the process.
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What are the different cloud migration strategies-and the best one for your business?
Cloud migration has several approaches, known popularly as the “5 R’s”. Let’s take a brief look at what each approach is all about:
This is probably the most fuss-free method of cloud migration. It simply involves transferring everything as it is- software, applications, and server operating mechanisms- from the existing server environment to the cloud.
Although it’s the easiest cloud migration approach, it has one major drawback. Since you’re simply shifting all your existing infrastructure to the cloud without making any changes. You are making limited use of all the benefits that the cloud has to offer- like
- Automated data backup tools
- Monitoring tools, or
- Services that are compatible with other open-source software
Even so, you can use this approach as a building block for more extensive software modernization projects later on. Sounds like a plan, no?
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Replatforming is basically rehosting, with some tweaks here and there. Here, you can use the pre-existing code and frameworks with minor changes like
- certain operating system improvements,
- modifications to the application API, and
- Some upgrades in the middleware
Consequently, you will be able to take advantage of the cloud’s unique benefits. Moreover, your software will also become more compatible with the cloud and thereby improve the way your applications function.
This strategy involves expanding or rewriting a part of the original code base, then deploying it by rehosting or replatforming.
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In some ways, this is the exact opposite of the rehosting approach. Here, you are effectively rebuilding your entire application from the ground up. In short, re-architecturing allows you to build an application that’s tailor-made for the cloud.
As you can imagine, it is a labor-intensive process. But the end results are well worth it. Because you will be able to leverage all the benefits of a cloud-native software, like:
- Automatic disaster recovery
- Easy compatibility and collaboration with other cloud-based applications
- Access to cutting-edge features from your cloud service providers
If you are motivated by a strong desire to make your product even better, then this is the approach for you. The best part, you can now contact TheCodeWork’s team of experts to smoothly re-architecture your existing software to make it cloud-compatible in a jiffy!
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Last but not the least, you can choose to completely replace your outdated software if you want to opt for a clean shift. Try switching to readymade SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) applications that have already been developed by outside vendors.
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How can TheCodeWork help with your cloud migration project?
Remember: The above-mentioned approaches are by no means an exhaustive list. In fact, since every business has different goals and needs, each migration journey is also unique and distinctive.
That being said, the task of migrating to the cloud is always a challenging one. You will need a strong migration strategy that will ensure that you don’t fall behind your business goals at any point.
And that is where TheCodeWork comes in!
Our team will provide ongoing support for your migration project at all stages, right from the beginning. We strive to make sure that you reach your end-point objectives and maintain business continuity-while improving business efficiency at the same time.
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