6 Steps for a successful Private Cloud Migration

1st March 2016
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6 Steps Private Cloud Migration

Migrating to a Private Cloud Infrastructure can feel daunting, with any move or change to your existing setup appearing fraught with danger. At the same time though, you have done all of your due diligence checks and realise that off-premise resources are the way of the future as they are cost effective, provide unprecedented levels of convenience and allow you and your team to collaborative effectively from anywhere in the world.

It is vital that you have a thorough private cloud migration roadmap documented that details the method that you are going to use to move away from your legacy on-premise equipment to your new private cloud setup. That will help ensure that you get the most out of your new infrastructure and will make for a much more seamless transition from old to new.

Experience tells us that you will get the most out of your Private Cloud migration if you follow these 6 steps:

  1. Identify your current IT shortcomings.
  2. Determine what next generation ‘must-have’ features you would like to take advantage of.
  3. Engage early with a trusted IT Services Partner with proven private cloud expertise.
  4. Make sure that you have suitable network connectivity in place to handle your new demands.
  5. Ensure that you have enough time and resources to seamlessly migrate your operations.
  6. Test, test and test some more.

Read more about the steps below:

1. Identify your current shortcomings.

Your team knows where your current IT issues are and will be well placed to let you know if you engage with them in an open and honest way.

This is also a good stage to start engaging with Private Cloud providers. By working closely with providers at this stage, you get to leverage their expertise working with hundreds of organisations such as yours, while also exposing yourself to and forming a relationship with the people who will ultimately be on hand to assist with your private cloud migration. reliability and availability is hugely important.

2. Determine what next generation ‘must-have’ features you would like to take advantage of.

Based initially on your identified pain points, it is important that you note all of the features that you would need in your new private cloud infrastructure. That will ensure that you meet your business needs at a time when you are looking to reduce costs while maximising your infrastructure utilisation, giving you the platform that you need to set yourself apart from your competition.

Areas to focus on include your storage, ensuring that you have the performance and capacity that you need, your data requirements, especially database requirements, your planned application environment and your desired governance polices, taking note of their potential affect on your solution performance.

At this stage it is also vital that you look at your security plans and procedures to ensure that you are completely covered, from end-to-end.

3. Engage early with a trusted IT Services Partner with proven private cloud expertise.

The cost of failure when things go wrong with a private cloud migration is high, so it makes sense to go ahead with a proven IT Services partner who can help you deliver a new, flexible and secure way of computing. By having a trusted partner to call upon with named engineers on hand, you can ensure a smooth transition for your organisation as you adopt the cloud.

4. Make sure that you have suitable network connectivity in place to handle your new demands.

All of your business critical applications and data are now going to reside away your local site. It is therefore imperative that you adopt the right connectivity to meet your needs both now and in the future. An important element to look out for is latency, or the time it takes for your data to travel from the remote site to yours and back again. As you will be sending large amounts of data between your users and your private cloud platform, it is important that you have the least amount of latency possible in order to ensure a positive user experience.

Your bandwidth is important, as is the associated end-to-end security that comes with your connectivity.

5. Ensure that you have enough time and resources to seamlessly migrate your operations. 

Building a buffer into your project plan is always wise, as is taking a staged approach to your move. We always suggest that you move less critical applications first, allowing you to avoid technical difficulties as your users get used to a new way of working. Once proven, you can then migrate more critical applications and your data across step-by-step until your migration is complete.

Having an experienced IT Services provider at hand is invaluable at this stage as they will have the experience to know the common pitfalls and know how best to avoid those, reducing the potential for disruption to your operations.

6. Test, test and test some more.

You have no doubt been testing during the migration process, but now is the time to properly test your new platform under different types of load (light, medium and heavy). You can then benchmark the performance and make any adjustments to your platform or connectivity, ensuring that there are no bottlenecks to your information flow.

Following a period of ‘business as normal’ operations, you can then start looking to harness the power of your new private cloud platform to start building your true next generation IT operations, giving your team the IT tools that then need to be a lot more productive and, in turn, set you apart from your competition with the flexibility to flex and scale as desired.

Wanstor have a great deal of experience migrating organisations from on-premise, often physical environments to our private cloud platform. Contact us on 0333 123 0360 or contact us online to start your IT Infrastructure migration journey. 

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