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Wednesday 3rd April 2019
by John Casey

John Casey

Managed Cloud Series: Part 3 Making the move – cloud deployment

This is part 3 (and the final) in our Managed Cloud Series. Read part 1: What is a cloud Managed Service Provider and part 2: Planning your move to the cloud.

You’ve made the decision and are now planning to move to the cloud and you’re working with a trusted partner to help. What do you need to do now? What does cloud deployment involve? What questions should you ask your cloud MSP that you might not already have asked? Here’s a few…..

  • What cloud services will you use: Azure or AWS, multi-cloud or hybrid?
  • How secure is the cloud environment?
  • Who will manage my infrastructure?
  • Will you stage and test the applications before they go live?
  • Will you manage all architecture changes in order to migrate the workloads?
  • Will you ensure that the compliance and privacy requirements of my industry are met?

Image source: Microsoft Azure Managed Services eBook.

The migration plan – things to consider

  1. What application components am I migrating?
  2. Which Azure region(s) will I migrate to?
  3. What kind of availability, scalability, security and auto scaling patterns do I need?
  4. Will the migration process be automated or will it be a combination of manual and automation?
  5. Can I use my existing software licenses when migrating?

Each business application will be considered in its own right. There are some that are too vital to move and, in fact, they are running perfectly well as they are. These are often data sensitive and critical for business continuity. There are others that can simply be decommissioned because they are obsolete. Although you will still need access to the historical data.

Some applications will simply involve a move from an in-house data centre to a public cloud service like Azure. Some will need a bit of work to enable them to transition, others will need to be re-architected in order to move – your partner will advise you and ensure that all runs smoothly with zero downtime.

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