Prepare to Adopt to cloud: A cloud migration checklist

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The paradox of Cloud migration is that though it simplifies your IT, it’s difficult to execute. Migrating to cloud takes extensive research and streamlined, well planned processes. If you miss an important step, chances are that it can put a dent on your cloud initiatives, which might show its aftermath at some point of your business journey. Maintaining a checklist can ensure optimum security, efficient processes and successful transformation.   Here’s a checklist that walks you through the steps to plan, assess, and begin your cloud migration, and offers resources to help you move to the cloud with Microsoft Azure. Let’s begin. 

Identify and involve stakeholders  
Reach out to key people throughout your organization, including both IT and business stakeholders. Early engagement and support will lead to a smoother, faster migration process. 
 Create a strategic plan 
Establish objectives and priorities for cloud migration. Plan around major business events and identify quick wins, like moving applications with just a few dependencies to expedite your migration. 
 Calculate total cost of ownership 
Create a personalized business case for migration by using the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator to plan for costs and estimate your potential savings. See where you can rule out the options and also cut associated costs with it.  
 Discover and assess on-premises applications  
Before migrating, inventory all on-premises servers, and assess dependencies. You can take help of an inventory mechanism to help you as you move into subsequent steps.   It’s necessary that understand the VMs and app dependencies of your migration. 
 Get support for your implementation  
Many organizations opt for outside help to support their cloud migration. To move to Azure quickly and confidently with personalized assistance, consider an Azure Expert Managed Service Provider who can jump on the bandwagon quickly and give you the right support at the right time.  
 Know your migration options 
There are several different migration strategies including rehosting, refactoring, and rearchitecting. To start, try rehosting, often referred to as “lift-and-shift” migration. This approach lets you migrate applications as they are, without the risk or expense of code changes. 
 Pilot your migration with a few workloads  
Prove success in your migration journey by assessing and migrating low complexity workloads as a pilot. Perform a pilot by migrating physical servers or VMs from on-premises to Azure using Azure Site Recovery. Perform a pilot by migrating databases from on-premises to Azure using Azure Database Migration Service. 
 Migrate your remaining workloads to Azure  
With a successful pilot, you will be ready to migrate at scale. Use learnings and tools from the pilot to complete your workload migration to Azure 
 Decommission existing on-premises infrastructure 
After a successful migration and verification, determine the decommissioning process for your on-premises systems. The goal is to reduce your IT overhead and time spent managing outdated infrastructure. 

Optimize, secure, and manage your migrated workloads  
Any migration project does not end after the migration itself. Once the virtual machines and workloads are migrated, you want to ensure peak performance, availability, and cost optimization. By exposing the virtual machines and workloads to Azure, you can start to move closer to immediate and longer-term goals, which might include reducing cost, optimizing availability and performance, and improving management and security.  
 
How Tekpros can help ?  
 Accelerate your cloud journey with our comprehensive solutions that takes you meticulously through each step of your cloud journey, perfecting at every step. Add our expertise to your adoption journey and enhance your experience with Azure cloud. We have been a reliable migration partner for decades to mid to huge enterprises in transforming their operations with cloud innovations.  
 
Tekpros deep technical expertise, with certified employees, coupled with a client-first culture, is designed to offer clients with the necessary skills and capabilities to successfully migrate, secure, and run IT using a cloud-enabled model. Strong partnerships with leading technology providers further supplement this expertise to help you reach your best Azure Cloud state. 

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