With the advent of cloud technology and its widespread popularity, more and companies are migrating their services and apps to the cloud every day. While the benefits associated with cloud migration are many, it can be challenging at the start. We help you face this challenge by creating an incremental plan and making the change to cloud services with confidence.
If done right, migration to the cloud can benefit tremendously. Cloud migration is the process of moving your data, applications and other components inside your organisation to a cloud-based structure.
When you talk about cloud, the leading cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS and Google Cloud Platform come into mind. At Denizon, we provide cloud-neutral services that integrate with the leading cloud-based solutions with ease.
Why migrate to the cloud?
Many organisations are held back in terms of growth and scalability because of their inability to manage and maintain their growing information infrastructure.
Moving to the cloud however ensures lower upfront costs, scalability, and expansion to new geographies. Read on to find the advantages of migrating to the cloud:
Efficient team collaboration
Migrating to the cloud improves operational efficiency. Working in the cloud removes region specific dependencies thus making teams more productive, collaborative and efficient.
The time for procuring new storage space is reduced to a matter of hours or a few days with migration to the cloud. This improves the agility of the system in this rapidly changing technological world.
Cloud packages offer several useful features like automatic logging, continuous deployment, disaster recovery, and monitoring. These bundled services offer extra functionalities over your existing services.
Cloud solutions usually have robust security programs. We help optimise this security by providing features like visibility and security analytics in your cloud environment.
The cost of services in the cloud is reduced in comparison to bare-metal deployments. You can use a pay-as-you-use model which provides flexibility to counter seasonal demands. You can easily scale up your storage without having to procure new servers and keep it idle for prolonged periods of time.
Cloud environments usually offer a no downtime promise, thus increasing resource availability. This leads to customer satisfaction and better asset utilisation in the long run.
Server updates are rolled out regularly in cloud services. This leads to automatic security updates and feature updates at the customer end. This further leads to faster deployment time.
Moving to the cloud essentially means that you reduce the number of data centers that your company needs. This leads to an overall reduced footprint.
How can we make your cloud migration speedy and efficient?
We help you with:
• Developing a migration strategy
• Deciding which apps to migrate and which to keep native
• Creating a cloud migration checklist
• Preparing for Audit
• Keeping compliance in mind
Developing a migration strategy
Denizon accelerates and simplifies migration using a flexible platform. We strategise your cloud migration by utilising the philosophies of Gartner’s 5R strategy for cloud migration. Garter’s 5Rs are great starting points for deciding on a cloud migration strategy especially suited for you:
Rehost is alternatively known as ‘lift and shift.’ Rehost is about infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), and this strategy involves taking the existing data applications and re-deploying them on the cloud servers. This method is ideally suited for beginners who are not accustomed to a cloud environment, or for very large systems where code modifications of a significant level are not possible in a short period.
Refactor is alternatively known as ‘lift, tinker, and shift”. Refactoring is about making optimisations and changes for deploying platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model on the cloud. The core architecture of the applications remains unchanged, but they use cloud-based frameworks and tools. These tools and frameworks help the application use the benefits of the cloud potential.
Revise is an additional layer above the previous two levels. This involves making architectural and code changes to the existing system, before carrying out the actual migration process. The major objective of revision is to optimise the application so that it can fully utilise the advantages of the cloud services. This process involves major code changes and advanced knowledge of the cloud.
Rebuild is similar to revise in its extensive approach but it discards the existing code base and rebuilds a new one. For example, the rebuilding process might involve moving from .NET to Java altogether. This process is hence extremely time-consuming, and it is deployed only when a consensus is reached about the current solution not suiting the business needs.
Replace strategy involves directly moving to a third party and vendor-based application from an existing native application. Replace essentially creates software delivered as a service (SaaS). The existing application data is completely replaced with a third-party application. Everything else will be new.
In conclusion, we help you discuss the perfect strategy for your organisation depending on your business needs. The strategy you choose can be the same for all applications of your company, or it can be different for different applications. There might also be cases when you need to adopt a combination of on-premise and cloud-based solutions.
Deciding which apps to migrate and which to keep native
We help you decide which applications you should keep in-house and those you should migrate to the cloud. Some applications can have special needs inside your organisation and may contain databases and features that are required for internal processes.
Some apps, on the other hand, need to be dragged and dropped into a cloud architecture for easier disaster recovery, administrative advantages, reduction in geographic dependencies, faster deployment, and reduced costs.
The consideration, in this case, however, is the huge amount of rework required to package old applications into the cloud. Moving applications into the cloud also require the expertise of highly skilled software engineers who understand the technical interactions that take place in a cloud environment. This is where we come into the equation. We provide full-fledged support to migrate your applications to the cloud.
Creating a cloud migration checklist
Denizon also help you to create your cloud migration checklist before you get started. The checklist illustrated below gives you a basic idea about what you need to do before deciding to move to the cloud:
1. Choosing the right platform
The first step is to decide on the amount of storage you need and the amount overhead you will need. We help you build the appropriate virtual workspace in advance and be selective about the hosting options and pricing.
2. Research licensing issues
Licensing of networking environments revolves around the number of users or the number of devices. When in the cloud, the licensing model revolves around the virtual processor counts and the ability to scale application servers and services. We help you research the most suitable licensing cloud model that suits your business needs.
3. Check hardware needs
Your existing network devices employ hardware acceleration to deal with heavy traffic. Virtual routers and switches on the cloud, on the other hand, might not actually be able to meet your high traffic needs. We help you audit your current traffic needs before actually assuming that cloud-based solutions will be able to handle those needs with ease.
4. Review Access Control List Dependencies
Access control list (ACL) helps regulate user and service activities. Migration to the cloud can also affect your ACL dependences. We help you review your ACL dependencies to ensure that everyone and everything can reach where it needs to when shifting to the new cloud design.
5. Audit IP Addresses
We also help you audit your statically or dynamically assigned IP addresses. When migrating to the cloud architecture, old DHCP static addresses and scopes will likely change. A prior audit of existing IP addresses makes it easier to ensure that dependent sockets are not broken down during or after migration.
6. Audit SSLs and certificates
Changing your existing host location to a cloud’s host location can throw your SSLs off track. Hence, we help you review how and where you use your SSLs. We also help you prepare to replace them or renew them when shifting to a new cloud environment.
Preparing for Audit
Another benefit of initiating cloud migration with us is that we help you plan and prep in advance to make complying with audits much simpler.
Remember that all interactions and every instance of traffic hitting your site must be reacted, analysed and logged. Any string of data can have implications for your business. You can have terabytes of data that can range from threat detection, intrusion attempts, anomalies to security intrusion attempts and traffic history.
Analysing all this raw data can be an intimidating and tiresome process. Preparing for audit by using log analysis solutions that assist with compliance can be a smart investment. We help you determine the best solution that analyses and prepares your auditing needs.
Keeping compliance in mind
It is important to run root-cause analysis and trace logs for malicious activity if an event strikes your cloud environment. Good compliance strategies can address these requirements with ease. To ensure compliance, you must have:
The interaction between physical and virtual machines must be recorded and compiled. These details should be saved in one or more highly secure locations.
The data you collect in a secure location must be immutable. Your data must have heavy encryption, and you must have a black box where the logged data is saved.
Data retention policies
According to industry standards, the period for retaining the cloud data ranges from three months to 12 months or more. It is essential to define the data retention policies properly and then implement it. There should be no inconsistencies between the policy and the actual implementation of the procedure as this might lead to compliance-related issues.
With Denizon, cloud migration becomes easy. We help your enterprise accelerate the process of creating a cloud strategy and deploying it efficiently and rapidly. We have a next-generation data analytics platform and a team of experts who understand the ins and outs of cloud migration. After deploying your solution to the cloud, we help in:
• Security Analytics
We help you identify the risks and threats to your cloud environment by carrying out regular security analytics
• Intelligent anomaly detection
Our built-in advanced analytics helps intelligently detect anomalies in your cloud infrastructure
• Unified platform
We provide a unified platform to store metrics and logs that help you analyse data, monitor apps and perform root cause analysis
To support rapid growth, we offer easy scaling capabilities
You can talk to our experienced team about your cloud migration needs and develop a plan as per your current system infrastructure. We offer a complete cloud migration solution and extensive support after that. If you are looking to change how your business works, get to the cloud now!