Chuck Leaver – Be Prepared For Migrating Assets To The Cloud

Written By Logan Gilbert And Presented By Chuck Leaver

 

It bears reiterating – the Internet has actually permanently altered the world for individuals and companies alike. When it comes to the latter, every element of modern IT is undergoing digital change. IT departments everywhere are under pressure to make information extremely available and at lower expense – all while protecting critical data from corruption, leakage, or cyber theft.

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

Exactly What is Cloud Asset Migration?

Cloud migration is the process of moving data, applications or other service components from a company’s on-premise infrastructure to the cloud or moving them from one cloud service to another.

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

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

Utilizing Cloud Computing is changing the corporate landscape. With the technological developments, individuals are leaning more towards a virtual workplace meaning that you can work from anywhere and anytime making use of cloud computing.

Cloud Asset Migration Considerations

But, similar to any considerable IT infrastructure change, a relocate to the cloud requires thoughtful planning and execution for the procedure to occur within the budget plan and on time. Moving a server, database, application, or all of the above to the cloud is not without threat. System outages, performance degradation, data loss and more are likely to happen as a result of misconfigurations, system failures, and security exploits.

Case in point: 43% of those who have actually gone through a cloud asset migration have actually experienced a failed or delayed application. Why? Due to the fact that each asset migration is a ‘snowflake’ with its own level of complexity.

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

1. Have a Plan

First, there has to be a strategic migration strategy. That plan needs to assist respond to concerns like the following:

Which IT assets should be migrated in the first place?
If you are moving some, or all, of your infrastructure to the cloud, how will you develop and preserve asset control?
How will you inventory what you have – before and after the move?
Do you even have to move all of it?
What comes first?

2. Clean Up Exactly What remains in Place Today

To answer these strategic questions successfully, you’ll require definitive visibility into each asset under roof now, along with appropriate characteristics of each asset. Whether your assets today are running on physical or virtual server infrastructure, you need to understand:

What assets are there now? Discover all the connected assets and comprehend whether they are currently handled and unmanaged.
Recognize low usage and/or unused systems. Should these systems be eliminated or repurposed prior to migration?
Recognize low usage and/or unused applications. Are these applications needed at all? Should they be gotten rid of prior to migration?
Determine and tidy up aspects of duplication, be it systems and/or applications.
Now identify those business-critical systems and applications that will now be migrated as part of your plan. With this detailed asset data in hand, you can sharpen your migration method by segmenting exactly what should – and ought to not be migrated – or at least clearly prioritize based upon business significance.

3. Prepare For Cloud Visibility Post Migration

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

While the expense benefits of moving to the cloud are often incredibly compelling, uncontrolled asset/ virtual machine proliferation can quickly wear down those cost benefits. So, before performing your cloud asset migration, ensure you have a cloud visibility service in place that:

Discovers/ monitors all connected assets throughout your single or multi-cloud environment
Inventories, fingerprints, and categorizes found assets
Alerts on new or unanticipated 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 means you can administer all parts of your infrastructure more effectively. You’ll avoid squandering resources by preventing VM expansion, plus you’ll have an in-depth body of data to satisfy audit requirements for NIST 800-53, HIPAA, and other compliance regulations.

Follow the above when you migrate to the cloud, and you’ll stay away from weak security, incomplete compliance, or functional SNAFUs. Ziften’s method to cloud visibility and security offers you the intelligence you need for cloud asset migration without the difficulties.

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