How To Ensure Easy And Successful Migration To Cloud

There is no shortage of reasons on why your applications should be moved to the cloud. Most businesses experience a significant growth in their performance and reduction in their resources usage. Migrating to a cloud infrastructure is the dream that can easily turn into a nightmare, should the migration face any glitches.

In fact, poor migration and wrong choices have cost many companies money and time leading in loss of business. Cloud4C is expert at handling businesses from different industry including BFSI, Healthcare and Education among others. Our experts can point you to the right path for your cloud migration. You can talk to our team of cloud experts at buy@cloud4c.com.

Meanwhile, let’s have a look at some common mistakes that businesses make and how you can avoid them.

What kind of Applications should you migrate?

Before you begin to consider the details of your cloud architecture, you need to identify what applications in your business can be moved to the cloud. You should first consider applications that have historically performed well and the ones are most frequently used. By doing that you would improve your application performance while cutting the cost of running this application.

The other candidates for cloud migration are applications that utilize a lot of resources or the ones that need to be highly available. Migrating such applications will help you reduce your cost on availability plans and save on resources.

Another star candidate set for migration is the set of applications that come with expensive licensing and the ones that demand huge resources to run effectively. A good example of the latter would be SAP. SAP needs huge system resources and expensive infrastructure. By migrating applications such as these on cloud, you are saving on upkeep and the cost of renting/upkeep of real estate. In a well-designed architecture, the license cost can also be reduced by sharing the license.

On a cautionary note; it is a bad idea to move applications do not perform efficiently. Applications that are run poorly may worsen after migrating and affect your cloud adoption.

Which kind of Cloud Computing to Adopt?

Cloud computing is easily the most attractive way to manage your IT. It reduces your maintenance costs, provides better security and makes accessibility easy. Once you know that you want to move your applications to the cloud, it is now the time to consider what kind of cloud you want to adopt. Broadly speaking; there are three types of cloud computing:

Public: Public cloud forms the traditional method of cloud computing, where applications are made accessible to the user via virtual machines. A public cloud is so called because the resources are shared across all the businesses that use the application.

Private: Private cloud is similar to the public cloud except that the resources used are dedicated to a specific business. Hence the name ‘private.’ Private cloud offers more control on the applications.

Hybrid: Hybrid cloud, as the name suggests; is a mix of both public and private cloud. Providers can offer a set of applications through public cloud and deploy private cloud for your critical applications. Some providers allow businesses to utilize cloud bursting, which means that in the event of a spike in usage, some non-critical applications can be shifted to public cloud.

Your decisions on which type of cloud is to be used should be based on your application usage, performance requirement and the nature of each application that will be moved to the cloud. You will need to identify critical applications for your business and their usage and note any spikes that occur during the day.

It is a good idea to baseline your application performance and usage before you move to the cloud so you can track progress once they are migrated. Your cloud partner should be able to help you with this as well as identifying the security level needed for your applications.

How to choose your Cloud Partner?

Your cloud partner is who helps you with the deployment, migration and support of your cloud resources. One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a vendor is to check its Service Level Agreements (SLA) and the support they provide.

SLAs are often complicated with different SLAs for different services and offerings. SLAs can often make cloud migration complicated and tedious. It is paramount that you partner with a cloud provider who is transparent and offers simplified SLAs. Cloud4C offers a single SLA service so our customers are always clear about what they can expect from us.

The second important aspect of a cloud partner is their support team. Cloud4C provides 24X7 support. Their system and processes are designed to be robust, secure and to always keep their customers informed. The ITIL certified processes and domain certified experts helps Cloud4C’s provide the best possible services to our customers.

A good and honest cloud provider can make your cloud migration easy, optimize your application performance and be cost effective. For more on how you can achieve this, please get in touch with our cloud gurus at buy@cloud4c.com

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