Cloud Transformation

Cloud Services offers a phenomenal set of features like scalability, agility, granular pricing and wide range of services like micro services, mobile device management, Analytics, Streaming services to Hadoop and SAP HANA offerings. No wonder that Cloud has become the default norm for many organizations to leverage the respective offering to enhance user experience with advanced offerings yet causing minimal/no disruption to the business. Here is how one can plan a cloud transformation

Phases of Cloud Transformation:

Broader understanding of your business and core focus areas in the next 3-5 years is very much essential and crucial step to start your cloud transformation journey. Formulate a technology strategy in line with it and evaluate different options both from OPex & CAPex standpoint, capability management and the degree of management overhead associated with it.

Cloud offers many features like scalability, resiliency, availability, pay as you use model, broad range of services ranging from microservices to machine learning platforms. Identify key, sense making and value adding takeaways that fosters your business by letting you keep your focus on core business vision and mission.

Assess all your application’s and infrastructure’s cloud readiness, outline the section of infrastructure/applications that can be straight away migrated to cloud, section of applications that needs tremendous efforts and cost to refactor to repurchased to be hosted in cloud. Now calculate the TCO, outline the risks associated with each approach.

Decipher the information from previous stages and define your own cloud strategy. Several cloud strategies include private cloud, public cloud, multi cloud, hybrid infrastructure. Edge computing is the new buzz word which is mainly targeting user experience and increase response times to user requests.

6 key migration strategies are Rehost, Replatform, Repurchase, Refactor, Retain and Retire. Identify all the applications and infrastructure, define a migration strategy against each application and move further. Please start with sandbox environments in cloud, experience the near real time operations and assess the performance post migration to cloud. Move forward only when these results are positive otherwise restart from assessment.

Efficient and effective management of cloud infrastructure is highly crucial both from performance and cost saving aspects. Cloud optimization process involves use of tools, internal process audits and corrective measures identified as part of this process.

Cloud Infrastructure is ubiquitous and securing data is unanimous but tactical. You need to have a clear strategy to secure both “data in rest” and “data in transit” by leveraging SIEM tools, GRC and encryption standards, DLP tools.

Post data security, securing complete cloud infrastructure is bit tricky yet comprehensive and exhaustive exercise as cloud service provider offers security standards by default. You are equally responsible to secure cloud infrastructure starting from architecture till server access.

5 Phases of Application Migration Methodology are

  • Requirements Gathering & Cloud Readiness Assessment
  • Test Migration or Mock Migration
  • Failover Testing
  • Production or “Go-Live” Migration & Operations
  • Decommission/Close Out old/On-Premise instance

5 Phases of Cloud Adoption Methodology are

  • Discover, Assess, Analyse and Plan – On Premises Infrastructure
  • Migrate to Cloud with an appropriate migration strategy
  • Cloudification involves optimization and refactor applications to optimize performance
  • PaaSification is all about auto integration of your applications with Cloud’s PaaS services
  • SaaSification is integrating/migrating to start leveraging multitenancy SaaS services.

Skillmine helps you with your cloud transformation right from strategy consulting to cloud operations and securing cloud infrastructure. Our pool of experts with proven expertise will assure your cloud transformation journey goes smooth and immaculate.