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There are three
cloud migration strategies that companies should consider when taking advantage
of the available cloud computing for their business. Depending on the nature of
their business, some companies can settle on one migration plan that works
across the board. For others, though, a hybrid cloud migration approach may be
needed to achieve the best results for migrating data.
approaches are lift and shift, application refactoring, and re-platforming –
each of which we’ll get into, discussing their purpose and migration process.
Lift and Shift is the primordial cloud
migration strategy that most companies have already used in some capacity when
migrating data. Think of this as getting out of the data center. On-premise
servers are no longer taking up valuable office space, costing excessive amounts
of money to keep from overheating.
In addition to the reduction in costs for
server maintenance, you do not need to spend resources retraining staff on a
new system – the method for saving a file hasn’t changed, just where it is
saved to – which reduces workloads and cold make cloud adoption easier for
This option has minimal impact on the
majority of your staff as only the infrastructure and security teams have a
role in the newly cloud-stored data. It is also the cloud migration plan with the
least upfront costs.
Should a company choose to only engage in
this approach for their data migration, the most notable drawback is that they
are only dipping their feet in the water. Imagine it’s a hot summer day. Sure,
the water cools down your feet a bit but you’re certainly not taking full
advantage of the swimming pool. Your applications are operating and processing
data locally, only the finalized reports and data are stored in the cloud
Application refactoring is also called
application modernization. This is the preferred approach for companies that
utilize specific applications that would reap the benefits of being refactored
for cloud-based usage. The key difference when an application is refactored is
that it not only pulls data from cloud storage for analysis but it also
completes its analytics and computations within the cloud as well.
When it comes to refactoring
applications, it’s important to consider which applications are used the most
as well as which once can benefit from migrating to a cloud-based
infrastructure. A huge advantage of refactoring legacy applications for the
cloud is that, while this process is occurring, the same legacy systems can
continue to run locally without affecting productivity.
is best for companies looking to embrace the potential of the cloud adoption
across every aspect of their business. This migration strategy typically takes
place after lift and shit and application refactoring have already begun and
performance is exceeding expectations.
strategy comes with the most upfront costs and planning but it’s also the only
one with the potential to take full advantage of cloud-based applications.
Re-platforming allows for rapid increases, decreases, and changes regarding
company resources and capabilities that would not be possible without it.
Unlike refactoring applications, refactored platforms are mobile and offer
scalability across any cloud provider. If this approach is being considered, it
really comes down to how much change your company is likely to go through from
year to year and month to month.
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