If your company has decided to migrate your data center infrastructure to the cloud, you probably already have one foot in the planning stage. If any of the other necessary steps end up being missteps, it could lead to downtime, customer outages and other unacceptable problems. Here at Trianz, we have worked with hundreds of companies migrating their systems to the cloud and based on that experience, we recommend you consider the following key questions as part of your planning process.
One of the most important decisions you will need to make is which cloud solutions provider to work with. There are quite a few options available, and more launching every year. In almost all instances, however, it is best for businesses to work with one of the trusted, top-tier options. For many large firms, this comes down to either Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.
Both these providers have a proven track record providing enterprise-grade cloud services. Of course, it also helps that they are backed by two of the largest corporations in the world. AWS is an innovative provider that has done a lot to revolutionize cloud technologies with its faster and easier platform migration and management systems. Azure is also a cutting-edge option that is ideal for companies that are already comfortable working with Microsoft solutions.
Do you plan on moving your entire data center infrastructure to the cloud or only select systems? Each of these options has its advantages, so there isn’t one right answer. Moving every system to the cloud allows you to refocus your IT staff on innovation and business goals rather than infrastructure support. It can also help to reduce or even eliminate the expenses of hardware and support.
Of course, moving all your infrastructure is often a massive move that companies aren’t quite ready to take. Operating a hybrid infrastructure where some key systems are still run in-house, while the rest are on the cloud, is a common scenario these days. This option allows for the best of both worlds, while still leaving the door wide open for migrating the remaining systems in the future.
Whether you are migrating your entire infrastructure now or just a portion of it, you will likely want to transition a portion of your systems at a time. Choosing which systems to move first is an important decision. Some companies choose to move systems like email and messaging first, since these already have cloud support built right in.
Another option is to begin migrating systems as the existing hardware reaches the end of life. This is often an excellent way to manage a migration to the cloud while still using the hardware that was already paid for. No matter how you choose to schedule this type of migration, it is important to take steps to ensure each system is moved without unplanned downtime or other issues.
Migrating your data center infrastructure to the cloud is a major undertaking and one that you can’t leave to chance. If things don’t go smoothly the first time it can be disastrous, which is why you want to have an experienced consultant at your side every step of the way.
Trianz has been a leader in the digital transformation consulting industry for years and has partnered with companies around the world and from every industry. During this time, we have helped hundreds of clients successfully migrate to the cloud. In each case, we help to create a customized data center infrastructure migration plan and implement it to perfection.
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