Migration for Modernization: Moving Enterprise Applications to the Cloud
The best journeys start with careful planning and specific goals – and leave room for improvisation or even suspending the journey when it makes sense. Migration of your enterprise’s critical applications to the cloud can benefit from a similar approach.
Before Migration: Ask (the Right) Questions
The cloud, whichever variation you choose, is definitely not your enterprise’s data center. This means that the rules that govern your on-premise applications may apply differently or not apply at all if you want to host those applications in the cloud. Here are a few of the questions you need to ask – and answer correctly – before migrating any on-premise application.
- Do our current software contracts include the right to move licenses between our own data centers? How about moving them to third-party data centers?
- Are our current software contracts “cloud-ready?” For example, if a cloud provider wants to replicate our data to improve availability, do our contracts permit or define parameters for replication?
- Are we adequately prepared and equipped to negotiate entirely new contracts should moving any of our critical applications to the cloud require us to do so?
- Do we have a plan for determining if migration of a particular application is successful, and reverting to an on-premise deployment (or replacing that application) if the migration does not succeed?
Answers to these questions, and to others that arise during your planning and evaluation efforts, are critical determinants of your application migration decisions. Failure to answer any of them could easily result in unpleasant surprises at best, and an entirely failed migration with no graceful recovery plan in place at worst. The popular aphorism holds true where application migration to the cloud is concerned. “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”
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via the fine folks at Ivanti.