But it’s not always that straight forward. It depends on the migration approach selected at the start, which can be the key factor in how successful the migration is. Which is where Atech come in!

There are many factors and benefits to a successful migration including minimal business disruption, sticking to agreed budgets and costs but one of the most valuable is the confidence factor. Confidence within the business about the planning, approach and communication is a must when starting your journey. It enables key stakeholders to actively support new technologies that will ultimately assist in digital transformation being embraced throughout.

A big part of having confidence is experience in what you want to achieve and where you’re coming from. As an example, understanding your current infrastructure is critical for cloud success and selecting the right migration strategy for you.

At Atech we provide you with access to a comprehensive set of cloud services, and as your managed service partner, you can access these services to build, deploy, and manage applications on a range of tools and frameworks, through a global network of datacentres. As your business faces the challenges associated with the digital shift, Microsoft Azure cloud in partnership with Atech help you to figure it all out; from cloud operations and optimising resources, to engaging with your customers and employees, and delivering your products and services.

With all that in mind, Atech recognises that even with the advantages the cloud provides in terms of speed, flexibility, scalability, reduced spend, improved performance and true reliability, many organisations are going to need to run on-premises data centres for some time to come. In response to cloud adoption barriers you needn’t worry, Atech provides full or hybrid cloud strategy for a truly connected business, utilising the power of Microsoft Azure public cloud at a time which is right for your business. We’re all different and Atech recognises and embraces this, planning your journey to cloud in a way which is right for your business.

So, you’ve done your homework and have decided that you want in! Think you’re ready for the cloud…? Think again.

Many organisations make the mistake of beginning their own journey to the cloud. But without understanding everything that’s involved and having even the most basic of information to start with, such as an inventory of hardware, software, and networking infrastructure, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to take full advantage of power Azure offers.

The following information is intended to ensure your cloud migration is a success, and as we said at the start, everyone prefers a celebration!

First things first – complete a detailed and thorough inventory of your network infrastructure, hardware and software

When planning your cloud migration, lacking a clear picture of the current state of your hardware, software, and networking infrastructure is like hiking miles without a defined route, GPS or map. While you might eventually arrive at your intended destination, you’re going to be tired and have consumed a lot of extra time and energy getting there.

Taking a network inventory

This doesn’t just include how you connect to the internet and the speed and performance of the internal and external connections.

A comprehensive network inventory includes:

  • Creating a topology and IP asset list, detailing
  • Technology in use such as MPLS, Ethernet, and “IP”
  • Network capacity (WAN and Internet) by location
  • Security on the network and protocols for data protection
  • Hardware both physical and virtual including routers, switches, and firewalls including the throughput of the current models, and if the product still has support or has gone end of life.

The last part of the network inventory is testing performance, latency and bottlenecks within the network, you could have the fastest network available but if the devices you are connecting to limit performance, this will result in a poor experience.

Hardware and software inventory

Taking stock of your hardware and software inventory is to ensure you understand what is critical and what relies on what, determining which workloads you will migrate to the cloud. A full hardware and software inventory captures all servers (RAM, DISK, CPU, etc.), storage, and security appliances, as well as operating systems, models, versions and releases.

Migrations to the cloud fall into four broad categories: Rehost, Refactor, Rearchitect, or Rebuild. The strategy you adopt depends upon your business drivers and migration goals. You might adopt multiple strategies. For example, you could choose to rehost (lift-and-shift) simple apps, or apps that aren’t critical to your business, but rearchitect those that are more complex and business-critical. Let’s look at the strategies in more detail:

Each migration scenario is driven by slightly different business goals that determine the migration strategy.

For each deployment scenario, we provide information about business drivers and goals, a proposed architecture, steps to perform the migration and recommendation for clean-up and next steps after migration is complete.

It might seem a complex decision, but Atech really can help with this to achieve clarity. If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to perform a successful cloud migration, contact the Azure experts today.

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