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Our Step-By-Step Approach
1. Assess infrastructure
A crucial first step is to update your configuration management database (CMDB) or any other systems that track assets. Without that information, you cannot know what your infrastructure contains and what your current challenges might be. For a true transformation, you need 100 percent visibility. Over time, that visibility will likely slip and change, but when planning begins, it is crucial.
2. Catalog and map applications
Over time, enterprise application portfolios expand. You may discover four monitoring tools and two HR apps. Are there other redundancies? Is it possible to reduce costs by consolidation? What can be moved to the cloud and what cannot? Planning a migration also requires mapping workflows against the infrastructure to determine where applications reside and which dependencies cannot be broken.
3. Design and estimate
This is time for a reality check. A business with only 40 percent visibility at the start, for instance, will now realize that its initial schedule was overly aggressive. Strategic design of the future state emerges once you have decided what to depreciate, what to move and when (e.g. whether to migrate lower or higher tier apps first). Plugging the design into an ROI tool can give you an estimate on costs and financial returns.
4. Build and validate
At this stage, a proof of concept (POC) can help you become familiar with the future state and gain confidence in the team that may be building it. Given that enterprise IT teams have day jobs, most savvy organizations know that to hit the goals they need experienced and focused partners who can take care of the project while they manage strategy and day-to-day operations. It is difficult to undertake a major transformational effort otherwise.
5. Migrate infrastructure
Whether you are following a disaster recovery (DR) failover strategy or using the cloud as a platform to build new versions of applications, you are now “under construction.” Some items go on the cloud and others on physical infrastructure. Some on the edge, and others on premises, all based upon your unique requirements. With multiple clouds and the right setups, infrastructure can move into the future state.
6. Test and validate
Performance testing comes next, to prove your applications and systems are up and running without issues. Testing should include all high-availability (HA) portions and failover during maintenance windows. The test regime depends upon applications, budgets and particular goals, such as recovery point or time objectives (RPOs, RTOs). The point is to validate that everything works as it should.
7. Launch operations
This final stage is not an afterthought, as runbooks should be created throughout the process, with ease of operations, cost-effectiveness, and reliability in mind. But once these guides of day-to-day operations are finalized, then you can commence operations in the new migrated state.