Once all the steps related to the decision to adopt the technology have been passed, it is time to migrate to the cloud. Unfortunately, this is not a magic moment where an entire infrastructure can be set up and moved in the blink of an eye. Several challenges will have to be overcome to finally consider the migration completed.

So we have a migration project to be done, consisting of stages, with a long list of activities involving different professionals and specific skills to successfully adopt this new technology.

The first recommendation for this type of project, as it could not be otherwise, is to always adopt the best market practices. We don't need to reinvent the wheel and especially make the mistakes that others have made in similar projects. So let's move on to best practices:

1. Plan all phases of the project

This seems to be quite obvious, but some companies often do not give due value to it, the planning phase. Your cloud-to-cloud project will be divided into three major steps: preparation, the actual migration, and post-migration.

It doesn't matter what the phase is, they all have characteristics in common: they need to have clear objectives, defined priorities and determined deadlines. Even going through adjustments and adaptations along the way, these three points are a priority for the success of your migration to the cloud.

2. Select the best team for the project

Regardless of whether the migration project is carried out by an internal team or through professionals specialized in the field of cloud computing , you need to choose the best ones due to several factors: the success of the project, the risks that need to be minimized, the qualification and support that must occur with the collaborators, etc.

Other important factors that should be highlighted when choosing professionals relate to data security and the guarantee of continuity of operations. These concerns must exist during all phases of the project, and therefore, having trained and experienced personnel are reasons to be considered in the composition of the team that will be part of the migration.

3. Develop a detailed cloud architecture

One of the main characteristics of the technology applied to cloud computing is to offer customers a complete platform of resources, servers, database, backup and recovery, load balancing and several other options that make any system administrator's eye pop.

However, the fact that you have access to so many resources does not mean that your project needs to use all of them. Remember that everything has a cost and, therefore, to avoid the impossibility of the project, it will be necessary to develop a detailed architecture, involving the necessary resources for the daily operation and the tools to guarantee the continuity of the services.

4. Monitor and perform tests at all stages

It is quite common in many cloud migration projects that monitoring and test execution occur in the final stages of the project. This is an error that must be avoided. Monitoring and testing should be procedures already in the planning phase, as these two resources allow checking the good progress of the project and the use of resources.

Verification and validation prevent waste and financial loss. The later you discover errors or design issues, the higher the cost of correction. In addition, a project can be completely unfeasible due to the high investment used to correct a planning or execution error.

5. Define the success criteria for the project

One of the biggest risks to the success of a project is the search for perfection. It is natural that our goal is a perfect migration, but excellence takes time and high investment, which can often be something difficult to achieve. Therefore, it is still important in the planning phase to define success criteria, that is to say that, for each phase or activity, there will be situations that will be considered completed due to previously defined goals.

These success criteria are minimum quality standards that make operations viable, that is, it is the minimum structure to complete the migration in an operational way and with quality. It is important to highlight that quality is a continuous process. After completing the project, it is possible to implement other initiatives that seek to improve the structure and processes involving the use of the cloud.

The best practices applied in a migration to the cloud involve several other actions applied to each phase of the project. That's why the importance of a well-planned project and with good professionals. Sky.One Sky.One you with your migration project. Get in touch with our team.

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