Cloud adoption in the enterprise is no longer a niche phenomenon. On the contrary, enterprise cloud use has been steadily expanding since 2014. This was made feasible by cloud providers' significant efforts to become enterprise-grade and IT executives' growing understanding of the risks and advantages of public cloud usage, rather than false preconceptions about security, compliance, and regulatory limits.
On the other hand, many businesses lack the skills, knowledge, and expertise necessary to design a public cloud that best balances their technological and commercial requirements while maintaining a solid, long-term business and financial model. As a result, many of them choose a managed architecting and onboarding process to ensure they get the most out of the cloud while avoiding typical errors and their financial and operational consequences.
In this blog, we'll look at TransformHub's cloud engineering services, which are aimed at businesses that want to use public cloud services as part of their overall IT strategy. These services include first understanding each customer's unique cloud requirements, then designing a cloud architecture to meet those requirements, and finally deploying the chosen architecture and mentoring and onboarding enterprise IT staff.
Cloud Maturity of Enterprises
According to a recent poll, approximately 60% of businesses are in advanced stages of cloud adoption in 2017 and operate a third of their workloads on the public cloud. Only 4% of companies have not considered the cloud at all. According to the survey, security, which was previously one of the significant barriers to enterprise cloud adoption, decreases as a top concern for businesses as they become more cloud-mature (by 40%). In contrast, a lack of resources is a growing concern for companies adopting cloud and only decreases when businesses are fully cloud-mature.
For businesses considering the public cloud, a lack of resources is a big worry. Opening an AWS or GCP account, firing up computers, and getting to work isn't enough for cloud adoption. It necessitates careful planning and, more crucially, a shift in cloud engineers', managers', and users' mindsets from on-premise asset perspective ("one server") to cloud service mindset ("one server-hour"), as well as an understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of using a public cloud service.
What are the leading cloud migration challenges?
A large part of our job is designing and deploying new cloud environments for a variety of clients in assisting them in overcoming obstacles in moving workloads and resolving areas that are not entirely optimized. The following are the most common cloud migration challenges:
- Lack of a defined strategy based on business goals
- Cloud sprawl results from a lack of knowledge about the entire spectrum of cloud systems.
- Exceeding the budgeted amount
- Critical service outages due to security flaws
- Human errors and a scarcity of skills needed to run the new infrastructure
TransformHub Offers a Solution to Cloud
TransformHub is a global pioneer in cloud adoption methods, focusing on the complex and sensitive corporate area. We've developed Cloud Engineering services following hundreds of successful corporate cloud installations based on our extensive expertise and experience with common enterprise cloud migration difficulties. The approach enables businesses to take their initial steps into the public cloud with confidence, ensuring that they get the most out of cloud infrastructure while maintaining rigorous security, compliance, and governance standards.
Let's understand the stages of Cloud Journey.
Stages of a Cloud Journey
Cloud migration is more than a technological shift. It affects the whole IT infrastructure, several business units, and essential business operations. It takes time to translate corporate goals into a migration strategy, but planning is necessary for a successful transfer. The following stages provide a foundation for developing and implementing your cloud vision.
Step One: Making the Business Case
A move to the cloud is a business choice. However, a corporation should first assess the financial consequences of implementing cloud infrastructure.
Decision-makers must understand the difference between a typical IT infrastructure and the cloud. They must be able to examine the organization's overall benefits, hazards, compliance, security, data management implications, and the IT operations in particular.
Determine which systems and apps should be migrated first and the estimated cloud deployment's expenses and total cost of ownership (TCO).
Step Two: Identify the Right Applications
Each program has its distinct design that may or may not work on the cloud. If your application is cloud-ready, you may "lift" and "shift" it to the cloud. If not, you may need to make some adjustments.
Lift and shift migrations are frequently the simplest because they don't involve code changes. The program may just require minor adjustments before being moved to the cloud in other circumstances. The worst-case scenario is that the entire application has to be redone.
You should adequately examine your architecture and its complexity and determine whether you can transfer to the cloud to ensure efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Step Three: Select a Cloud Service Provider
It's time to pick a cloud environment after studying and inventorying your environment. Several cloud service providers have their architecture and features, licensing, and support.
When evaluating a cloud service, consider the following questions:
- Is the cloud's architecture compatible with the design of your workloads? Because application updates might cause overhead, it can be better to pick a cloud environment with fewer code changes.
- Precisely what sort of cloud implementations does the provider support? Most cloud manufacturers offer both public and private cloud services. If you're planning to use a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud architecture, be sure the vendor can handle complicated cloud settings.
- Is it possible to bring your existing license to the cloud? Licensing may be a time-consuming and costly process. Make sure you can utilize your current request, and if not, figure out what licenses you'll need and how much it'll cost ahead of time.
- What kind of assistance do you require before, during, and after the migration? Some cloud providers give tools but nothing in the way of support, while others offer complete migration assistance.
When migrating to the cloud, many more factors to consider, such as security, compliance, and service level agreements (SLAs). The questions above, however, should assist you in getting started.
Step Four: Initial Adoption
When it comes to cloud migration, software as a service (SaaS) is frequently the first and most straightforward approach. However, customer relationship management (CRM), office productivity (Office 365 and G-Suite), accountancy, human resources, and collaboration platforms like Slack, Asana, or Trello are less business-critical applications.
Warehouse, production, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) are examples of business-critical technologies often tightly connected with core business systems. This necessitates going further and using the platform as a service (PaaS) solutions, which allow you to shift your complete infrastructure to the cloud. This necessitates pilots and proofs of concept, and it will frequently need repurchasing operations to a new, cloud-based solution.
Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) can be utilized for non-critical applications, including test and development environments, batch processing, and data preservation in the early phases.
It would help to build a cloud governance plan when your firm embraces cloud technologies. Determine which business processes are done, establish access controls, and deploy monitoring and security solutions across on-premises and cloud platforms.
Step Five: Full Migration
It would be best to have all of the information you need to move your workloads to the cloud by now. However, testing is an essential aspect of the execution process. This is the time to run a pilot if you haven't already. This is particularly vital for mission-critical applications that cannot afford to be offline for an extended time. After that, put your strategy to the test. Finally, make a backup and recovery plan and stick to it if and when problems arise.
Step Six: Post-Migration
Your migration is accomplished, but your adventure is not. It's time to start comparing pre-and post-migration results. Monitor cloud performance against your service level agreements (SLAs) and performance objectives. Keep an eye out for customer-facing issues that may develop due to the new cloud environment, as well as unforeseen changes and fine-tuning of apps and infrastructure.
Optimizing Your Cloud Journey with TransformHub
While business cloud adoption is in its mainstream phase, cloud migration is more complicated than just creating a cloud account and firing up VMs; it necessitates a high degree of knowledge and a shift in IT thinking. TransformHub has extensive expertise in enterprise cloud migration, with hundreds of successful deployments to its credit.
Our cloud engineering services, which are meant to quickly and safely set up the foundations of an enterprise cloud infrastructure, involving all relevant enterprise stakeholders, are followed by a case-by-case application migration program, as well as thorough mentoring and enablement of IT staff in adopting a cloud mindset, based on our vast enterprise experience. So call us today to realize the true potential of your business with cloud journey.
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