Cloud Computing Migration Plan

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Cloud Computing Migration Plan

With well over 50% of all cloud migrations going over-budget and nearly three quarters taking longer than project plan time allocations, companies would do well to prepare their cloud migrations in advance. At Digital Innovation we implement a 75 point plan for all the various cloud pre-sales, pre-migration, implementation, migration, and optimisation project phases.

Here is a few steps from our full cloud migration plan, to give you an idea on the steps required to avoid extra costs and project delays

  • Take inventory of all IT assets, servers, storage including software applications, upgrades and patches.
  • Verify licensing agreements, to ensure legacy applications have no cloud usage licensing limitations.
  • Create a backup of all the existing IT infrastructure servers and data.
  • Verify all on-premise IT infrastructure server and data backups.
  • Determine that the data formats are compatible with the cloud vendors required data format.
  • Determine that the applications to be migrated are compatible with the cloud vendors operating systems and APIs.
  • To ensure cloud compatibility and future-proofing, upgrade any on-premise incompatible operating systems and applications.
  • Identify on-premise application dependencies, for both internal and external interfaces.
  • Understand how your IT users interact with the applications with respect to device and networking access e.g. VPN, VOIP, desktops, tablets, mobiles etc.
  • Take steps to ensure that the migrations does not interfere with the current business activities.
  • Decide on the best method of migration, between a challenging live migration or by way of ceasing business activities to ensure a less risky smooth migration.
  • Design and create a proof of concept cloud infrastructure environment using the most suitable cloud vendors.
  • Perform PoC security testing.
  • Migrate a cleansed version of your data.
  • Perform functional and user acceptance testing.
  • Perform live data migration and final user testing to ensure that the cloud infrastructure is fit for purpose.
  • Monitor cloud usage and scale up/down as and when necessary.
  • Optimise Cloud instances to reduce costs and/or improve performance.
  • Retire unused on-premise IT hardware and applications.

Using the above brief migration plan, cloud migrations should be smoother and reduce your overall CapEx capital expenditure. Contact us at Digital Innovations Global on +44 (0) 7003 901 581. Our offices are located at 72 Great Suffolk Street, London Bridge, SE1 0BL

Contact us at Digital Innovations Global on +44 (0) 207 193 8246. Our offices are located at 72 Great Suffolk Street, London Bridge, SE1 0BL

Migrating Enterprise Application Infrastructure into the Cloud safely and securely

The Digital Innovations Team can help you safely and securely move your on-premise IT infrastructure into the cloud, saving your company money and time

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