Chuck Leaver – Migrating Your Assets To The Cloud The Painless Way

Written By Logan Gilbert And Presented By Chuck Leaver

 

It bears repeating – the Web has forever changed the world for individuals and organizations alike. In the case of the latter, every aspect of modern IT is going through digital improvement. IT departments all over are under pressure to make info extremely accessible and at lower cost – all while securing critical data from damage, loss, or theft.

Central to this technique is the migration of data centers to the cloud. In fact, nineteen percent of business workloads are anticipated to be in the public cloud by the end of 2019, and 50% over the next ten years.

Exactly What is Cloud Asset Migration?

Cloud migration is the procedure of moving data, applications or other business aspects from an organization’s on-premise infrastructure to the cloud or moving them from one cloud service to another.

The diagram shown below shows this migration of file-server(s), data, and application(s) from an on-premise server infrastructure to a cloud environment.

Cloud companies make it possible for companies to move some or all IT infrastructure to the cloud for scale, speed, service versatility, ease of management, and decreased costs. The benefits are absolutely nothing except compelling.

Using Cloud Computing is transforming the corporate landscape. With the technological developments, people are leaning more to a virtual office space meaning that you can work from anywhere and anytime utilizing cloud computing.

Cloud Asset Migration Considerations

But, just like any substantial IT infrastructure change, a relocate to the cloud requires thoughtful preparation and execution for the procedure to occur within the spending plan and on-time. Moving a server, database, application, or all of the above to the cloud is not without risk. System outages, efficiency degradation, data loss and more are likely to happen as a result of misconfigurations, system failures, and security exploits.

Case in point: forty three percent of those who have actually gone through a cloud asset migration have experienced a failure or postponed execution. Why is this? Because each asset migration is a ‘snowflake’ with its own level of complexity.

Let’s look at three aspects to think about for successful cloud asset migration.

1. Have a Plan

Initially, there has to be a strategic migration strategy. That plan must assist answer questions like the following:

Which IT assets should be migrated in the first place?
If you are migrating some, or all, of your infrastructure to the cloud, how will you establish and keep asset control?
How will you inventory what you have – prior to and after the move?
Do you even need to move everything?
What comes first?

2. Tidy up What’s in Place Now

To respond to these tactical questions effectively, you’ll need conclusive visibility into each asset under your control now, along with relevant attributes of each asset. Whether your assets today are running on physical or virtual server infrastructure, you need to understand:

What assets are there today? Discover all the linked assets and comprehend whether they are presently managed and unmanaged.
Identify low usage and/or unused systems. Should these systems be removed or repurposed prior to migration?
Determine low usage and/or unused applications. Are these applications needed at all? Should they be eliminated prior to migration?
Recognize and clean up aspects of duplication, be it systems and/or applications.
Now determine those business-critical systems and applications that will now be moved as part of your strategy. With this in-depth asset data in hand, you can hone your migration method by segmenting exactly what must – and ought to not be migrated – or at least clearly focus on based upon organization value.

3. Prepare For Cloud Visibility Post Migration

Now that you’re armed with extensive, precise current and historical asset data, how will you preserve this level of visibility after your successful cloud asset migration?

While the expense advantages of migrating to the cloud are typically incredibly compelling, unchecked asset/ virtual machine proliferation can rapidly deteriorate those cost advantages. So, prior to performing your cloud asset migration, make sure you have a cloud visibility solution in place that:

Discovers/ displays all linked assets throughout your single or multi-cloud environment
Records, finger prints, and classifies discovered assets
Alerts on new or unexpected asset discovery and/or habits within the cloud environment
Incorporates with existing ticketing, workflow, and/or CMDB systems

Cloud Visibility and Security with Ziften

Continuous cloud visibility into each device, user, and application indicates you can administer all elements of your infrastructure more effectively. You’ll avoid squandering resources by preventing VM proliferation, plus you’ll have a detailed body of data to comply with audit requirements for NIST 800-53, HIPAA, and other compliance regulations.

Follow the above when you migrate to the cloud, and you’ll avoid weak security, insufficient compliance, or operational problems. Ziften’s approach to cloud visibility and security gives you the intelligence you need for cloud asset migration without the headaches.