Migrating Applications By Cutting Cloud Clutter
Talk to any CIO of a good company about cloud computing and related terminology, and you will notice that words such as automation, security, management come up as if they were regulars like Coke and Pepsi. There has been a lot of clutter around the very basic definition of cloud computing. Not only do people have a lot of preconceived notions about the technology, but also fixed ideas about its deployment. However, what is rare is a discussion about the best practices to migrate your current applications from the present platform to the cloud computing platform they are intended for.
Very clearly, migration of your applications actually requires a business–service kind of approach. Cutting through the usual cloud computing clutter and identifying key insights, prescriptive guidance and trends is equally important for the successful migration of applications to a cloud services platform. However, this in itself is a job that needs to be managed, and a few basic principles need to be understood in order to efficiently carry out the task.
The most successful companies first map their journeys based on what need the business is presenting to them, not just the technology. Thus, this can safely be termed as a business-centric approach to migration, not just a technology-centric approach. Therefore, what is more important in the present-day scenario is a need to shift from pure operations toward planning. Delivery and orchestration along with “optimization of services”, while migrating applications to the cloud, is also of utmost importance. It is important for business analysts in this domain to understand the various layers of deployment at a macro level. The bottom layer of infrastructure moves up from the basic cloud infrastructure to its management, containers, and further user licensing and maintenance controls.
Since all these are separate layers, due care must be taken that all these are separately established and brought to the notice of the business analyst, so that he can devise different routes for the implementation of the appropriate route for the respective application.
One of the ways to successfully implement this in the organizational thread is through creating triage teams. These are cross-functional teams that have varied subject knowledge, and also assign separate responsibilities for separate personnel managing the cloud. Another way, as mentioned in the above paragraphs, is by moving away from the machine and instead focusing attention on the users. This comes from better analyzing the business rather than just focusing on the technology issues in the cloud. One final approach is to test this with a pilot program. While this may be a big project for your company, you must consider starting off with a small test on the cloud. This will give you a far better idea, by designing and defining the appropriate routes toward implementation and also other regulatory requirements for moving your applications onto the cloud.
This not only presents a lot of opportunities, but also gives an indication of what best practices exist in migrating applications to the cloud.
By Kaamil Nakhasi