In today’s data-driven world, businesses are racing to the cloud to unlock the potential of digital transformation and supercharge their operational efficiency. It’s a global migration like no other, with an astonishing 100 zettabytes (equal to a mind-boggling trillion gigabytes) of data projected to find its home in the cloud by 2025. This gigantic rise of cloud storage signifies a seismic shift in the way organizations store, manage, and leverage their valuable information.
But what exactly is driving this mass migration to the cloud? Cloud computing promises scalability, agility, and innovation that businesses simply can’t afford to ignore. Amazon Web Services (AWS) currently leads the pack with a 32 percent share of the worldwide cloud infrastructure market.
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In this blog, we’ll unravel the three-phase migration process that holds the key to your organization’s successful migration to the cloud. From assessing your readiness and building a compelling business case to mobilizing your resources and finally migrating and modernizing your applications, each step is an important milestone.
Phase 1: Assess
The first phase of the migration process involves assessing your organization’s readiness for operating in the cloud.
It’s crucial to identify the desired business outcomes and build a solid business case for migration. Tools like Migration Evaluator and AWS Migration Hub can help assess your on-premises resources, provide cost projections, and offer insights for optimization. The AWS Cloud Economics Center offers a proven methodology to develop a compelling business case, aligning your migration goals with board-level objectives.
Phase 2: Mobilize
During the mobilization phase, you create a migration plan and address any gaps in your organization’s readiness.
A strong migration plan begins with understanding the interdependencies between applications and evaluating migration strategies. AWS Application Discovery Service, along with Migration Partner Solutions, provides detailed information about application dependencies and planning tools to facilitate informed decision-making. AWS Management and Governance services, such as AWS Control Tower and AWS Landing Zone, help enforce governance, security, and compliance while empowering teams to innovate.
Phase 3: Migrate and Modernize
The final phase focuses on migrating and modernizing applications.
AWS Migration Hub serves as a central destination for managing your cloud migration journey, providing tools for planning, running, and tracking application migrations. AWS Application Migration Service (MGN) enables rapid lift and shift of servers to AWS, while AWS Server Migration Service simplifies the migration of on-premises workloads.
For database migration, AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) ensures minimal downtime and uninterrupted application operation. Refactoring applications into microservices becomes easier with Migration Hub Refactor Spaces. AWS Marketplace offers a wide range of third-party software listings and services to complement your cloud solutions.
Data transfer plays a critical role in successful cloud application deployments. AWS provides various options to ensure secure and efficient data movement. As applications migrate, AWS Managed Service Provider Partners, like nClouds, can assist with ongoing management and operations, allowing your team to focus on application development and cloud skills enhancement.
Cloud migration is a transformative journey that requires careful planning and execution. By following the three-phase migration process and leveraging the comprehensive portfolio of AWS migration services and tools, businesses can achieve a successful transition to the cloud. Embracing the cloud empowers organizations to enhance agility, reduce costs, and drive innovation.
As cloud technology continues to advance, it will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of IT infrastructure.
We Can Help
According to a survey by Gartner, 47 percent of organizations lack the skills and expertise to manage their cloud environments. Partnering with an AWS consulting partner can provide ongoing support and help fill that skills gap. As we’ve reviewed, migrating to AWS with nClouds offers several benefits, including expertise, cost-effectiveness, scalability, security, and ongoing support.
If you’re considering a move to AWS, partnering with nClouds can help ensure a successful migration and a smooth transition to the cloud. Contact us to get a free Fast Path for Migration Readiness by nClouds.