Moving applications to the cloud or switching services to cloud-based ones, is a stressful job. Here's how you can make it easier.
Moving seems to be stressful and yes it doesn’t depend on the time and place. You have so many questions going through your mind as below –
What if there’s some destruction?
What will be the impact on my commute?
What will be the cost?
Is the new neighborhood safe as earlier?
Apart from this, even moving applications to the cloud too can be stressful similar to moving a house and also raises similar questions –
What if there’s some breakage?
Will this impact the performance of the application and how?
What will be the cost?
How secure is the cloud?
So, it proves that whether you are moving the house or applications to the cloud, you need to calculate the pros and cons, cross your fingers and hope for the best. But you don’t have to worry as there are steps you can take to ensure your cloud migration is safe and smooth. Then may you choose IaaS, PaaS or SaaS provider, it doesn’t matter at all as these steps can help you along the way.
Standard Existing Environment –
It’s important to decide first which applications are worth to be migrated to the cloud along with their user locations. Also, you need to think upon the impact on users after migrating the applications to the cloud. Will there be less or more latency? What is the current performance status of the application? Will the corporate network support the additional bandwidth requirements by the users that access applications across the internet that was accessed locally prior? If there are no answers to these questions, it’s essential to do some research and learn the answers. Real user measurements would help in knowing the current performance of your applications to find the impact of cloud migration.
Evaluate Solutions –
Once the performance of target applications is determined and the potential providers are identified, it’s time to see their actual performance. One thing is for sure, the application that’s migrated to the cloud performs the same or better than it did earlier. High page load times and reduced availability, gives birth to unhappy users. You can’t get Real User Monitoring data at this point but performance data can be collected using active monitoring. You can test the data from the locations that represent your user base and don’t test from a single location if your customer base is global.
Monitor and Enhance Service –
Your work doesn’t end after you choose a solution and successful migration of application to the cloud. Next you need to ensure the SLA’s that were promised to while selecting the cloud provider are been followed. It shouldn’t be left to the provider to convey that everything is working smoothly.
Lastly, cloud migration can be stressful and scary so the more you are prepared, the easier will be migration.