Moving to the Public Cloud: Six Steps for Success

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Work with Manageable Groups

Avoid the big bang approach.

You can't realistically migrate large numbers of major workloads in a short period of time, as much as you might want to go big from day one. Instead, define a manageable group of virtual machines (VMs) for your first import, and take the time to test them completely before expanding your scope. Once you're satisfied that the first imported VMs are performing well, tackle the next application stack. If you start incrementally and test continuously, you'll avoid a long list of issues and have much more successful outcomes.

The public cloud beckons. Gartner says that nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. That significant growth stems from the clear business case for public cloud adoption. Enterprises want more cost-effective migration, disaster recovery and business continuity options. The public cloud delivers with a low cost, pay-as-you-go model. Elasticity helps IT teams manage unpredictable application needs. Teams can set their budgets on time and still adapt to shifting resource demands thanks to the public cloud's economic advantages.    

However, companies are still figuring out how to begin incorporating public cloud services into existing IT operations. High-priority considerations early in the process include: streamlining the migration process, reducing risk wherever possible and targeting early wins. These should be a CIO's top concerns as the process gets underway.

In this slideshow, HotLink, a cloud solution provider, highlights six best practices to help IT leaders stay focused and see their businesses through a successful cloud migration.


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