Cloud migration is a complex process, and the more up-front planning you put into it, the more likely you’ll be able to avoid challenges and setbacks during execution. And yet, challenges and setbacks seem to be the norm, not the exception, with almost three-quarters (72%) of those surveyed stating that they’ve run into problems so big they were forced to move migrated applications back on premises or jump into firefighting mode to figure out how to fix them quickly. The thing is, all of those problems are completely avoidable—if you have the right planning capabilities. Here are 5 warning signs that you might have a cloud migration planning problem.
#1: You’re unsure about the outcome of your cloud migration
Given the pivotal role of the cloud in digital transformation, an inability to track and measure cloud migration success doesn’t bode well for those strategic initiatives. Furthermore, for most enterprises, cloud migration isn’t a one-and-done event but an ongoing process. You need to have full visibility into your process workflows from your first migration onward.
#2: You’re not sure which applications to migrate and in what order
At a high level, your organization has probably prioritized certain applications for migration based on business reasons. But given the sheer complexity of the typical enterprise infrastructure—and the number of shared components and services throughout that infrastructure—you need to understand all the interdependencies so you can create and prioritize “move groups” of targeted workloads that need to be migrated together to avoid disruptions. Furthermore, you want to ensure that all the workloads slated for migration are, in fact, fit for cloud deployment.
#3: Your workloads are constantly changing and you’re concerned about overspending on unused cloud capacity
There are a lot of factors you need to consider when sizing your cloud instances and it can be difficult to get the right balance between ensuring sufficient capacity and controlling costs. You need to be able to compare rightsized costs across clouds to find the most efficient configurations based on risk, performance, and consumption—and you need to be able to model all those scenarios before making commitments and moving the workloads.
#4: Your digital transformation initiative has ground to a halt
The more risk there is in your cloud migration process—to your timelines, budgets, and successful transition—the higher the chances your digital transformation will fail. Migration planning isn’t the only potential weak link, but it is very early in the transformation chain and could therefore have a cascading effect. By planning smarter to de-risk cloud migration, you start your transformation initiative off on the strongest possible footing.
Virtana Migrate: Take control of cloud migration planning
Virtana Migrate is an intelligent cloud migration planning solution that provides you the information you need to accelerate and de-risk your migration to the cloud to get it right the first time, every time.
Virtana Migrate provides you with full visibility into existing on-premises workloads and the tools to make the best decisions about application priorities, grouping, and deployments so you can plan smarter cloud migrations. With Virtana Migrate you can:
- Perform workload discovery and inventory: Capture existing workload infrastructure data and metrics to fully understand workloads and understand dependencies between applications and the resources supporting them.
- Understand dependency mapping and modeling: Leverage machine learning and advanced analytics to create prioritized move groups for applications and services based on complexity and improve the likelihood of a successful cloud migration the first time.
- Provide multi-cloud sizing and cost optimization: Compare rightsized costs across multiple public clouds and ensure the most efficient configurations based on risk, performance, and consumption as well as selecting the CSP with the best fit for your needs.
VP of Product Management, Virtana