When you complete your big cloud migration project, by all means celebrate, but don’t party too hard. The job’s not done. Digital transformation is never finished. Technology will progress. Customer expectations will evolve. The competition will advance. And your business must grow. This means that the transition to hybrid and multi-cloud is not a one-time event—it’s an ongoing process. And the process itself will continue to evolve as business drivers, requirements, constraints, and other factors shift with subsequent transitions.

Migration is a process, not an event

Consider the heavy lift of your initial cloud migration. How often would you like to repeat that experience? Even if you consider that additional projects won’t be as wide-ranging in scope—and that you’ve now gained valuable cloud experience—future transitions will still be complex and time-consuming, and their success is vital to the business. 

Even before the cloud, when we were living in an on-premises world, things were constantly evolving and moving. That pace of change is not only accelerating, but it’s happening over a wider landscape. From on-premises to public cloud, from one public cloud to another, and even from the public cloud back to on-premises, workloads won’t stay put—nor do they need to. But these transitions can’t disrupt your infrastructure or your business functions; they’ve got to become simply part of the way you operate in a hybrid and multi-cloud environment. This means that the migration itself must become an efficient, smooth procedure, and it means that ongoing optimization is more important than ever.

Broaden your view of optimization

When we think of cloud optimization, we’re typically referring to the process of adjusting optimal performance for the least cost, and this needs to be continually balanced. This rightsizing has to be done up front, as part of the initial migration, and on an ongoing basis. But that shouldn’t happen in a vacuum, because workload utilization and other characteristics aren’t the only things subject to change. This requires you to build unified visibility and tracking to manage ongoing transitions—between cloud providers, zones, and physical locations—into your standard IT operations.

Operationalize optimization—with Virtana Migrate

The Virtana Migrate module, which is part of the Virtana unified hybrid cloud optimization platform, delivers the process tracking and reporting capabilities you need to maintain full visibility as part of your standard IT operational framework. This enables you to continually optimize—a crucial capability that must become part of IT professionals’ operating DNA in the hybrid/multi-cloud world.

Learn more about the Virtana hybrid cloud optimization platform—contact us to schedule a demo.

The Cloud Migration Process and Beyond

Randy Randhawa
Randy Randhawa
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