Why move to the Cloud?
Cloud has become the new normal as companies of every size have realized the benefits of the cloud. Customers that migrate to Cloud can experience 51% reduced costs of operations, 62% increased IT staff productivity and 94% reductions in downtime.
With security threats only increasing in scale and severity, we know many enterprises that are migrating to the cloud to mitigate risk. Public cloud providers offer vast resources for protecting against threats—more than nearly any single company could invest in.
Software and hardware refresh cycles
When evaluating an upcoming refresh cycle, many enterprises find it’s significantly less expensive to decommission on-prem software and hardware and that’s the beginning of a cloud migration project.
Increased capacity requirements
Whether it’s the normal progression of a growing business or the need to accommodate huge capacity jumps during seasonal shifts, your enterprise can benefit from being able to rapidly increase or decrease compute.
Product development benefits
By taking advantage of benefits like a pay-as-you-go cost model and dynamic provisioning for product development and testing, many enterprises are finding that the cloud helps them get products to market faster. We see businesses migrating to the cloud not just to save time and money, but also to realize revenue faster.
Data center contract renewals
Many enterprises have contracts with private data centers that need to be periodically renewed. When you get to renegotiation time for these contracts, considerations like cost adjustments or other limiting factors often come up. Consequently, it’s during these contract renewal periods that many businesses begin to consider moving to the cloud.
When companies merge, it’s often a challenge to match up application landscapes and data—and doing this across multiple on-prem data centers can be even more challenging. Lots of enterprises undergoing mergers find that moving key applications and data into the cloud makes the process easier.
Our Step-By-Step Approach
Phase 1: Plan
Key focus areas in this phase.:
Program management setup: The program management office (PMO) plays a major role in managing all aspects of the planning phase.
Portfolio analysis: Analyzing the application portfolio helps in providing adequate representation of applications in scope.
Cloud foundation and operating model layout: The Cloud foundation comprises of Landing Zones. Landing Zone is a standard set of secured cloud infrastructure with built-in policies, standards, guidelines, and centrally managed services. Cloud operating model is the framework for putting the core elements together in a more agile, productive, and valuable way.
Phase 2: Assess
During the Assess phase, applications are analyzed in detail for future disposition. Cloud architecture and cloud operating model help lay the foundation for migrations.
Phase 3: Migrate
During this phase, the foundation cloud architecture and operating model are implemented, and the first set of applications identified as quick wins are migrated. The set should include a varying complexity of applications across different business units. Furthermore, during this phase, it is important to take a proactive approach to change management
Phase 4: Scale
After initial application migration, it is time for enhancing scalability and accelerating the cloud migration journey. While shifting the focus to scalability, it becomes important to keep a tab on cost and security.