Moving to the Public Cloud: Six Steps for Success

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Test It

Above all: test.

Migrating your first VM to the public cloud is a major milestone, but simply powering on that VM is not testing. You need to have real users test that instance – the friendly testers at first, and then your general audience. Testing is the only way to identify hidden problems, such as broken dependencies. Anyone accustomed to using the application will spot missing configurations, and those users will make up your best testing team.

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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