According to Gartner, Inc, “The worldwide public cloud services market is forecast to grow 6.3% in 2020 to total $257.9 billion, up from $242.7 billion in 2019.” Some estimates place expected growth in public cloud adoption even higher, given the way the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across Australia.
If your organisation hasn’t yet adopted cloud computing (either fully or in part), there’s a good chance it’s a topic of conversation in your FY21 budget planning process. To support companies in this situation, the team at cubesys recently hosted a workshop on cloud migrations, covering everything from the drivers that lead to cloud adoption, to the frameworks that can be used to guide the migration process and minimise down-time, data loss and other potentially negative consequences.
If you weren’t able to join us, we’ve recapped a few of the session’s key takeaways below. We hope you find them useful, no matter where your organisation is in the cloud migration process.
Before we get into the process of planning for a cloud server migration, let’s first address why doing so might be beneficial. A few of the drivers we see with clients on a day-to-day basis include:
If you’re seeing evidence of any of the above drivers within your organisation, it’s likely that a cloud migration is already on your radar. You may have even begun the process already.
No matter when you are in the cloud migration process, be aware that several opportunities exist to optimise costs, both during and after the migration. During the migration, for example, consider:
Post-migration, keep the following best practices in mind:
If you’re not in cloud today, and you’re moving that direction, it’s important to keep in mind that cloud is a new discipline – and it’s one that needs to be tracked and managed almost every day. When we set budgets in the past to buy equipment or support on-prem data centres, that was a very different buying cycle.
Today, in a cloud environment, it’s important to make sure that costs are optimised on a daily basis. When managed appropriately, however, you may be able to access up to 3.6X faster performance and an 84 per cent lower price per transaction (based on SQL server performance on Azure IaaS over a three-year pricing model), according to estimates from Microsoft.
It’s important to note that migration will look different for every organisation. For some, the process will be quite linear and straightforward. Others might begin the process and recognise that they need some technical skilling, or that they need to engage a partner who can look at their landing zone environment and understand how those landing zones come together, as well as how they can be deployed and delivered in a consistent approach.
The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure offers a good structure for thinking about the migration journey.
Key steps in the framework include:
Along the way, both governance and management issues are addressed by establishing baselines and benchmarks in order to evolve program maturity according to existing standards.
So, again, cloud migrations are rarely simple or linear, but they are repeatable processes. And with the right framework in place – such as the cloud adoption framework described above – you can make it a repeatable process for you and your applications or your environments. Azure blueprints using composable artifacts and landing page blueprints can further help to streamline the migration process.
Advanced Azure Migration Considerations
For a more complete discussion of Azure migrations – including topics such as .NET app modernisation, role-based access control, tag management and subscription design considerations – view the full recording from our session below:
Or, for a more personalised discussion regarding your organisation’s cloud migration needs in FY21, reach out to cubesys to arrange a consultation. Our team of experienced consultants can help you better understand the impact a cloud migration journey could have on your business in the coming financial year.