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Know how today’s giants are safely transitioning their IT to the cloud with minimum disruption

As COVID-19 roiled enterprises, it also stress tested their IT environments’ ability to scale as per the requirements of new norms The pathogen spurred a growth in cloud adoption as the demand for remote access infrastructure became an imperative.

Demand for Integration technologies such as internet-facing systems, virtual desktop infrastructure servers, and VPN gateways boomed, and file-sharing performance plummeted significantly.

As the need for workflow optimization appeared, sudden shifts in traffic and resource usage started to happen. IT architects looked to the cloud for streamlining their overall workflow. But with massive opportunities came huge challenges. While some organizations lacked resources and expertise, others feared for the security of their data. Besides the complete governance over IT services and cloud cost management also became a concern. Dealing with multi-cloud environments and vendor lock-in issues were also causes for distress among businesses. 

Here is a comprehensive guide to cope up with these cloud-related concerns and make cloud migration sustainable:   

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How enterprises can focus on continued and lasting success?

Although the opportunities associated with the cloud environment are manifold, several enterprises lack a vision. The cloud ecosystem is still evolving and a multitude of things need to be balanced for making cloud migration sustainable. There are several myths associated with cloud migration that sow the seeds of confusion. Some are listed below:

Myth #1: Moving IT operations to the cloud can be a perilous journey.

Myth #2: Cloud migration has to be a quick, ‘one and done’ process if organizations are to cope with the infrastructure demands that remote working practices create.

Myth #3: By halting cloud migration during COVID-19, enterprises will save time and money and their IT systems’ performance will remain unaffected.

Myth #4: Measuring transparency and performance is a fraught business  

Enterprises need to debunk these myths in the first place and replace them with best practices to ensure continuing and lasting success from cloud adoption. 

Prepare an application roadmap
Firstly, enterprises need to understand how an application roadmap aligns with that of their cloud provider. 50% of enterprises cut corners on time on understanding cloud dynamics because of lack of understanding. However, by understanding cloud economics and preparing a concise application roadmap, an organization can gain many valuable insights for positive outcome.

Don’t undermine Storage, it is everything
Boost cloud storage performance for every work-from-home workforce and choose the right delivery methodology. Once the cloud platform goes live, enterprises can leverage a DevOps model to harness the true potential of the cloud for their business. 

Pair expertise with technology
After enterprises decide on sourcing, and they partner with public cloud providers, they need to create an operating model to manage infrastructure as code. Skilled teams need to be assigned to manage and configure the production environment. 

Analyze and win
After evaluating the current IT portfolio, enterprises need to choose a transformation approach, and articulate the IT and business goals to teams. Some common challenges with the hybrid cloud networks include latency issues and the heavy data volume being transmitted through networks. To overcome these challenges, enterprises should fine-tune the inner-workings of their applications. 

Look out for security breaches
Enterprises need to perform a security and governance gap assessment to control objects that map to become repeatable patterns in the MVC. Also, they need to map the CSA cloud controls matrix with repeatable architectures of Azure, AWS, and Google to constrain objectives against a known standard. 

Build a Minimum Viable Cloud
MVC or the Minimum Viable Cloud is one of the most important practices for a sustainable cloud environment. The MVC can be a starting point for first production cloud. The major two components of the MCS include the hub and spoke model. MVC hub is that part of the production cloud that delivers all services consumed by customers. The MVC Spokes is a defined set of applications that belong to a certain owner or business unit. Pick the pilot application for MVC and abstain from refactoring or rewriting an application. 

Implement automation framework
Automation is a core tenet of implementation for successful cloud migration. The MVC automation templates are the heart of the automation mantra. To have each application implemented and deployed through the code, enterprises need to take a DevOps mentality. In the automation templates, there are common services like governance rules, metadata, VPC, IAM, tagging scenarios, etc. The automation templates can save enterprises a ton of time and reduce plenty of time by eliminating human error. 

Choppy waters ahead, tread carefully

Enterprises need to step back for accelerating forward. A successful move to the cloud requires a detailed migration roadmap crafted after a thorough evaluation. A successful cloud migration strategy is about adapting a phased approach chartered after considering several associated issues. Enterprises need to keep their heads above the water, take small steps, and move small chunks of legacy to the cloud. Doing this can help them in reducing downtimes and avoiding disruptions in the long run.