Cloud computing is trending today, and a number of organizations have taken the plunge to transfer essential workloads to the cloud platform. After you’ve selected the IT vendor to handle the transition and proceed with the migration, you will need to assess the results. Below are some tips that will help you determine if your cloud migration is performed successfully.
The performance of applications is an area where no compromises can be made. If transitioning to a cloud results in a degradation of application performance, then this means the migration is not successful. It is therefore essential for organizations to measure after-migration performance in comparison to pre-migration benchmarks to determine improvement or lack thereof.
Every project has a deadline which is established via the various IT operations and the overall business objectives, so did the migration adhere to it? The answer to this question will determine the success of the migration. It is easy to underestimate the complicated inter-dependencies which exist among applications and data, and if you do, you will likely not compensate for delays. Even if the project was completed on time, you should record the date of completion. Additionally, note which processes and teams are responsible, as doing so will give you a blueprint for future migrations.
Uptime, like application performance, is a factor for which no compromises can be made. Enterprises have absolutely no incentive whatsoever to perform migrations for applications into the cloud if it will come at the expense of their availability. As such, after migration uptime should be carefully evaluated to determine whether or not the metrics meet your expectations.
Any business that is unable to manage its costs won’t be in business for long. One of the main reasons for transitioning to cloud based technology is to lower expenses while increasing efficiency. To that end, you should thoroughly review the cost savings in order to determine whether the numbers are favorable. Whether existing infrastructure was resized or workloads with spiky usages were migrated, documenting every action and cost will ensure you’re on the right track.
You should have established a budget prior to embarking on the migration project, and after the migration is completed, you should find out if the project exceeded it. If it did, you must find out why. Being able to pinpoint the areas which led to a failure to stick to the budget will give you important lessons that can be avoided in future migrations.
Cloud migration is a serious undertaking that can have an effect on daily operations. When embarking on such a project, you should determine the extent to which the business was disrupted, and whether the disruption is tolerable, given the final outcome. Migrations can be time consuming, so understand the manner in which the business is affected will help ensure that the process can be performed more smoothly in the future.