Cloud migration part one: An overview

By: Kevin Jackson

Business is all about efficiency and effectiveness.  In today’s world, however, those twin goals almost always lead to journey to the cloud .  This anecdotal observation is supported by Gartner which sees worldwide public cloud service revenue jumping to over $300B by 2021.

Independent research from MarketsandMarkets echoes this expectation in its cloud migration services forecast which sees this market subset growing from $3.17B in 2017 to $9.47B by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 24.5%.  With cloud migration being such a high priority activity, many organizations are looking for the most efficient and effective cloud migration strategy.

In addressing this query from thousands of customers worldwide, IBM Cloud Migration Services has migrated workloads and applications in just about every industry.  These migrations include IBM Cloud and global service providers like AWS and Microsoft Azure, as well as regional and local ones. The best practices IBM has honed through these experiences include:

  • How to understand and classify business critical data;
  • Executing an efficient process for screening and selecting workloads and applications for cloud migration;
  • Following a methodology for discovering the most effective strategy for each workload and application migration; and
  • Seamless alignment to client’s multi-cloud strategy

Experience has also shown that businesses are in different stages of their “Journey to the Cloud.”  These initial stages often include:

  • Planning and designing common foundational infrastructure services;
  • Pattern and Template based automated deployments for public clouds;
  • Migrating workloads and applications to the most appropriate cloud through a standardized, repeatable tool driven framework;
  • Monitor and Manage workloads using standardized tools and process aligned to cloud platforms; and
  • Governing, tracking, managing and optimizing cloud usage and spend.

These common best practices and initial stages are common to the most successful cloud migration projects.

This series, presented in four weekly installments, lays out the details of how leading organizations have transformed themselves through cloud migration and how IBM has embedded industry best practices into their hybrid cloud service delivery model.  “Part two: Classifying organizational data,” covers the identification of key business processes and their associated data types.  The article also outlines the importance of identifying process data owners and the required security controls for each data type.  “Part three: Application screening,” looks at determining the most appropriate target deployment environment, each application’s business benefit, key performance indicator options and target return on investment.  That segment also shows how to select the most appropriate migration strategy for each application.  “Part four: Executing the migration” presents experience informed guidance on how to effectively and efficiently execute a cloud application migration strategy.  This segment includes selecting the most appropriate cloud service provider and technology services, reviewing and verifying available data security controls and suggested steps for SLA negotiations.  It also addresses business/mission model alignment, organizational change management, and migration project planning.

The series also presents the three most common cloud adoption paths for business, namely:

  • Innovation: Building cloud-native applications using the DevOps model
  • Agility: Modernizing and migrating legacy applications and workloads to a native cloud model; and
  • Stability: Managing workloads and infrastructure in clouds and on premises

If your organization is considering a move to the cloud or a hybrid IT strategy, the series helps you:

  • Understand how enterprises enhance their flexibility and reduce costs by moving workloads and applications to the cloud;
  • Learn how to leverage your existing infrastructure and applications to improve ROI, integrate with new Cloud applications, and manage end-to-end operations; and
  • Determine how private and public Cloud services from multiple vendors is the best strategy for increasing business agility and innovation.

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About The Author

Kevin Jackson

CEO/Founder, GovCloud Network

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as a “Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand” by Onalytica (2015), a Huffington Post “Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter” (2013) and a “Top 50 Cloud Computing Blogger for... Read more