Moving applications to Cloud is a compelling business proposition for many companies. Cloud migration gives companies new opportunities for increasing agility, improving business operations and enlisting more satisfied customers. On the flip side, there are hidden costs and challenges. If you are looking for migrating applications to Cloud, you need to think through the business case properly to make an informed decision. The key idea is to leverage the full benefits of Cloud with minimal disruption to your business operations.Below are 5 key points to consider as you develop your Cloud Migration Strategy:
- Real-time Provisioning of Requests:
In Cloud Computing, the user requests for Cloud offerings to be provisioned instantly, or in near real-time. To ensure speed of provisioning, these requests need not go through a formal change management process. They should be treated as Service Requests (SR) with a comprehensive internal governance & approval policy. You need to assess your partner’s ability to work as part of your team, follow policies assiduously, report comprehensively. The partner must also have a sound ‘alerting’ mechanism to call out for out-of-ordinary SR’s. In other words, typical end-to-end provisional using internal processes may
Keything to consider: A well-defined service request fulfillment process with a comprehensive governance approach is key to delivering agility for your Cloud projects.
- Dynamically Managing Capacity:
Demand provisioning is another key area in Cloud computing. Demands should be dynamically and optimally managed in real-time. A well-structured and implemented process for managing demand and capacity is required. This means increased capacity by gaining access to more computing resources when demand spikes.
Key thing to consider: Demand management & capacity management go hand in hand.
- Creating & Maintaining Configuration Management Systems (CMS):
The CMS and its information must be maintained in real-time. An outdated information in the CMS will act as a major threat for quality of Cloud services. Real time CI (Configuration Items) details and information should be maintained carefully. Also, security is a key element here. There must be adequate provision for protecting sensitive information, maintaining identity, accessing integrity and managing other potential risks of data breaches.
Key thing to consider: System availability, information risk management and configuration management must align.
- Financial Management / IT Chargeback:
Cloud services are offered in a shared mode. A well-defined process to identify the cost of services, accounting for the same, metering and eventual charge back is important. Asset management is the key here. This is because it decides what relevant data should be furnished to financial management process. Another thing to consider is how Cloud can streamline and simplify your financial operations.
Key thing to consider: IT Chargeback must balance the potential benefits of financial management.
- Monitoring service levels & data availability:
Service levels should be agreed and documented. Availability of the services and service levels should be monitored. SLA breaches need to be monitored and systemically corrected. Bear in mind is that most Cloud Storage Services and Solutions offers you guarantees in terms of uptime, but not in terms of data availability or data security.
Key thing to consider: Data availability at a required level of performance is an important metric to document and monitor.
The key takeaway:
The attractions of lower IT costs and improved agility are motivating enough for businesses to move applications to the Cloud. But apart from cost arbitrage and competitive advantage, the organization needs to have contingency plans in place to combat security threats, technical glitches and business downtime.
Before you move your applications to Cloud you need to think it thoroughly, right from the business decision. You need to have a well thought of plan wherein the focus should be on maximizing the value of Cloud with minimal disruption to your business process.
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