The 5 Steps You Should be Considering when Modernising to the Cloud
Author: Alberto Sanchez. Data and Business Intelligence Lead, Codec
See below for an interesting blog post from our Data and BI lead for Codec, Alberto Sanchez on why organisations should be looking at moving their database to the cloud.
What advantages can Cloud Computing give your organisation?
Your organisation can gain significant competitive advantages from cloud computing such as higher efficiency, greater flexibility, lower costs and better performance for your applications and services. As cloud computing represents a shift from the traditional way of thinking about IT resources, the cloud requires careful strategy and planning in order to make for a successful transition.
Cloud migrations can also include transitioning from one provider’s cloud to another. This also requires careful planning, and many of the same considerations apply.
So, what are the steps that you should be taking?
1. Evaluate your existing investment
Weigh up the existing investment in your on-premises data centre and consider the costs of moving to the cloud to determine whether it’s right for your organisation. For many smaller or younger companies, migrating to the cloud can be a no-brainer. With cloud computing, you can quickly gain access to enterprise-class resources on a pay-as-you-go basis – resources that may otherwise be cost-prohibitive.
2. Consider your applications and data
Which applications would you migrate to the cloud? Will they perform well in the cloud or, for instance, do they depend on your current, customised on-premises infrastructure? Older applications may not be supported by your target cloud, so make sure the cloud platform you’re migrating to supports your application’s language. Also, consider whether the data you want to move to the cloud is right for the cloud. For example, highly sensitive data may require a more secure cloud deployment.
3. Determine what level of resources each application uses
The cloud can provide great benefits for scaling resources up or down for your applications. Determine which of your applications could benefit from a pay-as-you-go resource consumption model.
4. When to migrate?
When to migrate to the cloud is a business decision – based on multiple factors unique to each organisation. However, a key time to consider moving to the cloud is when your business is on the verge of an expansion or upgrade. For instance, maybe your server hardware is reaching the end of its lifecycle, or you need to add capacity to your data centre. Or, it’s time to upgrade to the latest version of software that’s critical to your business operations. These can be opportune moments to consider the cloud as part of your new or upgraded infrastructure.
5. Risk mitigation
When migrating to the cloud, an organisation must evaluate its security and regulatory compliance needs and plan its deployment accordingly. When you migrate to the cloud, you’ll be relying less on your organisation’s internal security and control, so you’ll need to work with your provider to ensure the right levels of security and compliance. For example, if your organisation is managing sensitive data, you may need dedicated hardware, software and networking equipment (private cloud) in your deployment – or a public cloud that offers compliance tools and resources that are specific to your industry.
Database Modernization Options
The table below summarises nicely the various database Modernisation options available.
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