Cloud migration 101: Move apps from desktop to the Cloud with these 3 steps

13th Sep 2017
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Moving from the traditional desktop set-up to the Cloud isn't easy. Getting to the cost reduction, flexibility, and zero maintenance of the Cloud requires careful planning. Several challenges can surface during the course of a migration.

Today, more and more organizations are considering Cloud migration because of the cost benefits they will receive in the long run. However, migrating applications to the Cloud doesn't happen with the flip of a switch. For starters, organizations need to carefully define an application migration strategy, and then select the right migration tool. In some cases, they need to even rewrite the existing source code in order to improve the app's readability, reusability, or structure without affecting its behaviour.

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Here's how you can effectively migrate apps from desktop to the Cloud in three steps:

Planning and testing

App migration is all about heading off trouble before it happens. This kind of migration therefore calls for a multi-faceted approach. It involves round after round of testing and development, and conversations with other institutions that have already implemented migrations previously.

Not many organizations realize that one of the major challenges is the timeframe of the transition. Sometimes the rollout takes much longer, as a result of which business functions come to a standstill. It is therefore wise to re-evaluate your migration strategy and see if it is smarter to move a smaller chunk of user information. Only planning and testing will help you select the best route for your migration from desktop to the Cloud.

Choose the right type of Cloud

Organizations need to understand that not every application is suitable for migration to every sort of Cloud. The major types of Clouds are Private, Public, and Hybrid. Public Cloud is nothing but the internet. When you migrate to a Public Cloud, you provide your app data and resources to every person who uses the internet. A Private Cloud, on the other hand, is owned by a business organization or enterprise. The app data, information, and resources are restricted under the control of the organization. Finally, the Hybrid Cloud is a combination of Public and Private Cloud. Apps that hold sensitive information are best suited to migrate to the Hybrid Cloud.

Creating a migration strategy

Your whole process of migration needs to be well-defined and straightforward. Once you have critically analyzed your need for Cloud migration, selected a Cloud flavour, and identified the challenges related to such a migration, you're all set to create a migration strategy. Select experts who are known to deliver top-notch application migration services and set your migration process in motion. If you're unsure about anything while creating your migration strategy, reach out for expert help before the execution of your plan.

If you want your Cloud migration to be successful, you need to be well-prepared and focused, because it isn't going to happen overnight. Keep the above-mentioned steps in mind to reap enormous benefits from your migration to this highly beneficial technology.

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