Getting Ready to Move to the Cloud – Microsoft Azure Migration

Microsoft Azure Migration is often considered a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be one. The process requires careful planning to be successful, ensuring minimum impact on your business. To understand how the process works, you need to know which parts of the network will be migrated? What will the timing be? Will it be done in one go or will there be multiple phases?

As with any other migration, you need to follow a set process. Make a strategic plan so that each part of the migration perfectly fits together to give you an optimal solution. Businesses such as yours should set clear priorities and then decide the order of the migration and then determine what necessary resources need to be spent.

Here are some pre-migration considerations from Experts

While the concept of Microsoft Azure Migration is very curious, there are many considerations that need to be taken into account before the planning phase begins. Here are some you can use.

  • Proprietary Technology – some businesses still use these technologies and they may not be able to deploy them on Azure for legal reasons.
  • Insufficient bandwidth – This is one of the most overlooked considerations that result in immediate frustration and loss of productivity. As a part of your planning, you need to perform an analysis of all your network traffic. This will give you a baseline that will help determine how much bandwidth is needed to meet your traffic demands.
  • Compliance requirements – This can be a huge roadblock especially if you have very sensitive data that needs to be migrated on the cloud.
  • Platform-specific applications –  These can also be hindered by the platform lock-in thus making it very challenging to move between on-premise and cloud.
  • Downtime – System downtime is an inevitable part of the Azure migration process so you need to plan accordingly. Make sure you estimate how much downtime each step of the migration will need before you go ahead.
  • Research management systems – These will help you determine the best option available for your particular situation.
  • Application compatibility – this can be an issue when you are running an old version of the software. So make sure to test by creating a test environment and document everything you find during the test.
  • Analyzing the security requirements – The cloud is typically more secure than any traditional infrastructure, but you may have additional security needs. Read the Microsoft Azure Security documentation to understand how this works. 

Once you have looked into these considerations, it is time to begin migrating to Azure. There is always a probability that you’re in-house IT team might have a problem making a smooth transition to the cloud.

To make things go as smooth as possible, work with a certified Microsoft Azure Partner such as Henson Group. Microsoft partners are Azure Migration service providers who know every nook and canny of the migration process and they can help you transition to the cloud with peace of mind.