Migrating to a hybrid cloud environment isn’t something you take lightly or do overnight. It’s a critical step in the digital transformation of your business. Thoughtful consideration and planning are the keys to minimizing downtime, staying within budget and managing the transition successfully.
Here are six strategic considerations to help your business adopt hybrid cloud technology.
1. Understand the business need
Defining your high-priority business needs will answer the question: Why move to the cloud? Some top reasons to migrate to a hybrid cloud are to improve agility, increase scalability, reduce the complexity of managing your IT infrastructure, streamline business operations and improve accessibility for an increasingly mobile workforce.
Whatever you define as your key needs in this step will also drive the metrics you choose to measure success (step six) after implementation.
2. Create a cross-functional migration team and gather expertise from key leaders throughout your business
Cloud adoption is likely to impact every department in your organization, each with their own unique set of necessities, constraints and processes. Having key business leaders involved in the planning process will help you identify compliance, legal, security and storage requirements up front, saving you time and money on the back end. It will also create buy-in for cloud adoption across the organization.
3. Prioritize what you’re migrating
The key business leaders identified in step two will also be instrumental in defining the migration priorities. Everything can’t be moved at once, and some applications are better off managed on- site. You’ll want to identify which apps are best suited to a cloud environment, then establish the order and priority along with the best time to migrate them. Before you start moving them, you’ll need to know how they’re architected and connected. Identify which applications have an architecture for high availability and/or redundancy so you know what can be migrated with minimal to no downtime. The flip side of this process, knowing which applications can’t be migrated without operational impact, is equally important. Taking the time to prioritize will help minimize downtime and facilitate a seamless migration.
4. Address skill gaps and define resource requirements early
The rubber meets the road here. Who is going to do the work? Is your IT team up to the challenge and able to manage the migration and keep the business running seamlessly, without downtime? Probably not.
Most small to mid-size businesses lack the resources to manage a major cloud migration in-house. It’s a major shift for the business and often a one-off event that the internal IT team doesn’t have the capacity or experience to manage. This is when it makes sense to partner with a managed service provider, like Xigent Solutions, who is experienced with cloud adoption and can help you avoid costly mistakes and downtime of migrating to a hybrid environment.
5. Test your migration plan
This step is about insulating your business from risk and keeping it running without interruption during the migration. It’s much easier to find a solution if you know which devices won’t recover from the power down before you begin moving to the cloud. This is the time to identify problems that would have never come to light without a test, saving you money, downtime and headaches. Another big advantage is the opportunity to see, in real time, how fast applications can be brought back online post migration. With real data to work with, you can minimize the unexpected and incorporate the actual times into your cloud migration plan, setting realistic expectations for your business.
6. Define the metrics that measure success
Measuring ROI can sometimes be elusive, but the metrics you use to measure the project’s success should be tied to the business goals and objectives you defined in step one. These metrics, when established early on, can be used to guide the project, especially when major go/no go, timing or budget decisions are in play. Some parameters to consider include uptime, performance, availability, scalability, security, cost savings, improved efficiency and the ability to innovate. Lastly, don’t forget to communicate your success across the organization along with the benefits that moving to a hybrid cloud environment brings to your business.
Contact us today to find out how our experienced team at Xigent Solutions can help you effectively migrate your business to a hybrid cloud infrastructure environment.
About Xigent Solutions
Xigent Solutions specializes in IT services and solutions for mid-market organizations. By partnering with our customers holistically, we engage on both strategic and tactical levels to help them drive greater business outcomes from IT. We do this by helping our clients create and manage Business Efficient IT (BEI) where IT resources—people, process and technology—are more fully utilized with Xigent’s enterprise based methodology to deliver greater outcomes while minimizing IT cost and inefficiency. To find out how Xigent Solutions can help your business make the digital transformation, contact us.