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Sunday, 31 March 2019

3 Steps to Simplify Application Migration to the Cloud

Cloud migrations have become a crucial element in enabling critical functional capacities for many businesses. It’s often the case that applications that are customer facing or part of enabling value chains with external partners, have to support an exponentially higher number of users than legacy models had to accommodate. It’s clear that having such enterprise resources on the Cloud gives them the advantage of rapid responsive scalability at low cost, however this also makes the ability to successfully migrate applications much more critical to optimal business outcomes. Fundamentally, Cloud migration strategies are faced with the challenge of ensuring secure and disruption free processes, as well as to ensure that a smooth transition can deliver the cost savings that make the strategy a winner.

Theoretically, the managed services of Cloud hosting providers should mitigate the concerns that companies have regarding a migration process. However, real-world scenarios can vary in efficacy. In certain instances the applications in question might require to be restructured to meet the demands of the new environment. Cloud hosting companies typically have several strategies at their disposal, when managing a migration to the Cloud, but errors in judgment around anticipated outcomes can still occur, delaying process optimization by significant durations.

In other instances, the initial success of the approach can lead to a spike in the sheer volume of data and throughput, introducing capacity loads for which the assigned resources, such as managed cloud servers, are inadequate. Furthermore, the introduction of new infrastructure models, across on-premises, Colocation based, purely Cloud or Hybrid deployments, could introduce challenges that the business is not optimally prepared to respond to. Several other business critical concerns, ranging from DevOps and provisioning to disaster recovery, also have the potential to be the achilles heel of a migration, depending on how the workload and data react to the SaaS based solution.

Ensuring easier, faster and more hassle-free application migration to the Cloud.

Managed Cloud services, in the UAE and Dubai, have contributed significantly to making local businesses more competitive. Altering performance metrics, such as scalability, speed and flexibility has empowered several businesses in expanding and evolving their operations. While each specific instance of a Cloud migration has challenges that it must overcome, here are 3 essential steps that can considerably simplify the entire process:

  1. Assess the migration workload accurately: A painstaking and effective inventory of the applications and their workloads, in the legacy model, can help identify the likely challenges and requirements of a migration. While this may seem obvious, tabulating such details is crucial to identifying mission critical details, such as which model of Cloud best suits the organization, what applications to begin the migration with and how the digital ecosystem of the enterprise will change.
  2. Plan effectively and with foresight: Accurately anticipating the tool, model and architecture based dependencies of applications is essential to migrating them optimally. It’s crucial that limitations are weighed against benefits, so that vulnerabilities can be identified and relationships between individual applications leveraged.
  3. Limit the time for transition, to achieve highest cost efficiencies: While cost benefits are not the sole reason to pursue a Cloud migration, they are certainly a very significant outcome, with several cascading benefits. In order that maximum cost efficiency can be realized for the enterprise, it is important that the migration is achieved within the least amount of time in which secure and effective migration can be achieved.

eHDF’s Managed Cloud Hosting Services

Cloud based SaaS solution offers significant operational advantages to the business operations that adopt them. Enterprises in the UAE and Dubai have also benefitted from the cost savings, lean agile operations and ease of scalability, that migrating to Cloud deployments enable. A renowned Microsoft partner in Dubai and Microsoft Cloud Services Provider, eHDF delivers Cloud migration solutions that can be customized to the specific business requirements of each individual enterprise. Our bespoke solutions are backed by 24/7/365 dedicated support from our experienced and highly skilled team. We invite your queries, so our adept and professional team can develop and implement a solution that addresses your specific needs.

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