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Organizations are producing more data than ever, adopting tech innovations, migrating to cloud platforms, and embracing digital-first business models. Firms, hence, cannot rely on traditional ITOps methods and processes anymore. Legacy IT systems, apps, tools running on on-prem datacenters are no longer cost-efficient or performance-intensive enough to deliver the scalability and agility businesses require to grow and compete in this hyper-competitive atmosphere.
A shift to the cloud, especially on hyperscaler platforms like Microsoft Azure, is imminent. But, are firms taking the right approach in their cloud adoption journeys?
Microsoft Azure Cloud Adoption Framework: Implemented by Cloud4C
More than 67% of enterprises embraced cloud-based infrastructure by the end of 2021
Quick Snap: What our Azure Cloud Adoption Framework offers
Review and assess readiness, identify and engage key stakeholders, align business and technology, build a business case
Perform detailed discovery, develop a migration plan, create an operating model, and ensure security and compliance
Migrate, integrate, test, transform, monitor, optimize and innovate for continuous improvement and optimal results
Azure Cloud Adoption Framework: A
Start by understanding your unique business objectives to identify how Azure cloud can support you.
Start aligning your people, stakeholders, processes, and technology to chalk out your cloud adoption plan.
This is where you prepare your environment using Azure cloud. Once you are prepared, start deploying the basic building blocks of migration.
This stage has two parts – migrate and innovate. You can simply migrate your on-prem environment to the cloud or innovate to take optimal advantage of cloud-native technologies to modernize your digital state.
Create smart benchmarks and monitor your Azure cloud environment through data collection and alerts.
Make sure to follow the best practices to track your performance and create resilience to recover from any issues.
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Diving In-depth: The Main Phases of Azure Cloud Adoption Framework
Stage 1: Define the Correct Strategy
This stage helps stakeholders understand the business impact and expected business outcomes by pursuing cloud adoption.
Step 1: Understanding the motivation to move to the cloud
Cloud4C team of migration experts will assess the enterprise’s business, current landscapes, and workloads to help them outline the motivations under three categories.Critical Business Events Or Decisions
- Datacenter Exit
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Reduce Capital Expenses
- End of Support (EoS) of Mission Critical Technologies
- Regulatory Compliance changes
- Cost Savings
- Reduce Vendor or Technical Complexity
- Optimize Infra and Operations
- Increase Business Agility
- Scale to meet Market or Geo-specific demands
- Ace Customer Experience
- Transform Products or Services
- Disruptive Innovation(s)
- Build New Technical Capabilities for Sustainability and/or for a Competitive Edge
Step 2: Identify Business Outcomes
Cloud4C engages with different stakeholders and documents desired outcomes of cloud adoption. The most common results that customers expect to achieve during this step are:
- Increased Revenue
- Optimized Costs
- Faster Time-to-Market
- Swift response to change
- High Availability
- Zero data loss and minimal disruptions to business
SECURITY & COMPLIANCE
- Continuous Compliance
- Strict adherence to regional and industry specific regulations
REACH AND CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT
- Global access Compliance to Data Sovereignty laws/rules
- Faster time to meet customer stated/unstated needs
Step 3: Business Justification
Cloud4C’s migration experts can help organizations build the business case for the cloud. A seamless and hassle-free migration to Azure cloud offers depreciation reduction, physical asset recovery, operation cost reduction, cost avoidance, soft-cost reduction, headcount reductions and capital expense reductions or avoidance.
Step 4: Pick your First Project
With the help of clearly defined criteria and properly identified business outcomes to achieve, Cloud4C helps enterprises pick their first project.
Stage 2: Cloud Adoption Plan
The key role that cloud adoption plays is to transform the cloud adoption strategy into a reality for enterprises. With the help of the cloud adoption plan, Cloud4C’s team of experts helps enterprises perform the technical tasks in tandem with desired business results.
Step 1: Rationalize Digital Estate
Here, key decisions about an asset are taken to rehost (life and shift) or retire.
Step 2: Define and prioritize workloads
The first 10 workloads that will establish an initial adoption backlog are prioritized.
Step 3: Align assets
Assets (proposed or existing) required to support the prioritized workloads are identified.
Step 4: Review Rationalization
Rationalization decisions taken in Step 1 are refined for adoption-path decisions: Migrate or Innovate.
Step 5: Estimate Timelines
Rough timelines for release planning are established based on initial estimates.
Stage 3: Get Ready for Migration
Step 1: Prepare the Environment
Cloud4C team prepares the landing zone design, covering network, security, compute, storage, security controls, cloud platform operations, and governance policies. The blueprint focuses on the organization’s standard operating procedures concerning security and governance.
Step 2: Expand the Landing Zone Blueprint
The considerations for implementing a landing zone fall into three categories
- Hosting - Decisions around compute, storage, networking, and databases to help create hosting options in the landing zone blueprint
- Azure Fundamentals - These are the foundational building blocks for organizing resources in the cloud environment
- Governance Considerations – Applying governance principles to each landing zone
Stage 4: Getting Ready for the Migration
Step 1: Intuitive selection and innovation with the 6Rs
Several cloud-native benefits can prove to be useful to older apps as the solution is modernized to their advantage. Cloud4C makes it easy to decide among the famous 6Rs. What are they?
The enterprise drops the existing on-prem license of the software and moves on to the cloud-based version of the same software, essentially repurchasing the license.
This is to identify the applications and existing workloads to be migrated and lift and shift them to the cloud ecosystem.
This process involves the methodology similar to rehosting platforms and applications. However, some customizations are made here to ensure that the platforms run optimally on Azure cloud.
The existing on-prem applications, databases, and workloads are significantly overhauled at the codebase levels, to prepare them for cloud migration.
This involves the recognition of applications or platforms that are redundant and causing unnecessary load and shooting up operational costs. They may be retired and replaced with a cloud-friendlier version.
Businesses might opt to retain some legacy, on-prem applications as they are delivering high performances and are linked to critical projects.
Stage 5: Robust Governance for End to End Ownership
Alignment to governance/compliance requirements is key to maintaining a well-managed cloud environment.
- Document business risk and risk tolerance
- Define policies and establish policies to monitor violations
- Monitor cost and create cost accountability
- Make all efforts secure by design
- Enforce identity and access baseline by proper RBAC
- Emphasize and Drive consistency as well as standardization
Security and Continuity while Migrating to Microsoft Azure Cloud
Cloud4C, a distinguished Azure Expert MSP and a Microsoft Gold Partner, has built expertise in securing infrastructure, data, and operations for about 500 enterprises from various industry sectors. As the world’s largest application-focused managed cloud service provider commanding dedicated global expertise in cloud cybersecurity management, we are committed to being the ideal partner to secure IT on Azure cloud.
Our engineer leverage Azure’s custom cloud solutions to deliver industry-best uptime, high availability, and world-class intelligent risk management. We achieve this through the following features:
Universal Monitoring and Visibility
Minimal Ecosystem Complexities
Optimization and Cost Management
Incident and Access Management
Policies and Compliance Management
Our security framework governed by 40+ Security Control objectives makes it instantly compliant with most of the regulatory standards worldwide.
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• Industry specific - GDPR, PCI-DSS, GxP, HIPAA, CSA
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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) - FAQs
What is Azure Cloud Adoption Framework ?
Azure Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) is a detailed guidance of practises, tools & methodologies to implement business and technological strategies for enterprises moving to Azure cloud.
These are derived from the success stories of organizations who've migrated to Microsoft Azure cloud and best practises recommended by Microsoft.
With the help of a proven managed services provider, your enterprise can define the strategy, plan, ready, adopt, govern and manage your cloud migration journey for assured success. Contact our Cloud experts for planning your enterprise journey to Microsoft Azure cloud as per Azure CAF.
What is Cloud Adoption Framework ?
Cloud Adoption Framework is a proven methodology for planning and implementing the tools and strategies for achieving enterprise success on cloud.
All the best practises, documentation, tools that could be leveraged by business managers, IT professionals & architects are part of the cloud adoption framework.
An ideal managed service provider can clearly assess the enterprise goals and articulate the customized Cloud migration pathway in form of a Cloud Adoption framework for your enterprise.
Contact our Cloud experts for planning your enterprise journey to cloud as per industry best practises.
Why is Azure CAF Important for an Organization?
The Azure Cloud Adoption Framework (Azure CAF) helps organizations understand the shortcomings and the scope of improvement in their IT infrastructure and thereby their business operations.
It helps in aligning business and technology agendas. It thus makes it easier to choose the right way forward, risks involved, risk mitigation plans to be in place before, during and after the migration to cloud.
Why do I need Cloud4C while Implementing Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure?
To customize Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure Cloud for your organization, it requires a lot of analysis and best practices to be embedded which can be provided by an experienced Cloud Migration Partner.
Cloud4C will reduce the guesswork as well as the additional hours taken to achieve the same.
Cloud4C will also help you with documentation and guidance involved in CAF adoption process. Apart from initial set-up, you’ll also get regular assessment and audit reports on performance which will provide a clear path for company’s cloud journey.
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