A lot of businesses have private cloud as the goal for their IT, but to achieve this requires a cloud migration which risks significant disruption to a business both in the short- and long-term if not done properly. Thankfully, utilising a cloud migration tool can overcome any potential issues by simplifying content workflows, allowing collaboration, delivering a single source of the truth, enhancing workflow automation, and meeting security and compliance requirements. As a result, using a cloud migration tool has long been viewed as an essential step on the path to digital transformation.
How to guarantee a successful private cloud migration
1. Careful planning
One of the common challenges is that many enterprises begin their migration without allocating enough time and focus on their strategy. A successful move to the cloud demands meticulous end-to-end cloud migration planning. There will be a myriad of systems, applications, and datasets, and each will have different requirements.
You will need to thoroughly review your entire system and identify which elements should be migrated in their entirety, running the risk of shoe-horning in legacy applications which won’t work on your new cloud, or whether you should do a pure-data migration and use the cloud migration as an opportunity to build up-to-date applications from scratch.
2. Data security and compliance
Although the cloud provider will provide vital security support, it is the company's responsibility to configure the solutions to ensure that all services and applications have the appropriate security controls. In addition, the migration process itself poses several security challenges. For example, transferring large volumes of data, much of which is often sensitive, and configuring access controls for applications across diverse environments, comes with considerable risk. All of these potential roadblocks need to be considered when selecting the right tool for the cloud migration.
3. Business continuity
Your migration will need to be undertaken with the least disturbance to business operation. There can be a risk to business continuity if data cannot be accessed for more than the planned period. A related concern is if you continue to sync and revise the systems after the initial migration takes place. Make sure that every facet of the migration is assessed and approved before moving on to the next element. Also ensure that a solution is in place to allow changes made to the source data during the migration process to be synchronised.
Choosing the right cloud migration tool
Your cloud migration tool will be the key to achieving the above key factors for a successful migration. Data migration tools work by selecting, preparing, extracting, and transforming data to ensure that its structure is consistent with the new storage location. Many agnostic products are on the market, such as Turbonomic, Corent SurPaas, Micro Focus PlateSpin, and Carbonite Migrate. By using the appropriate database migration tool, companies can transfer their data to the private cloud flawlessly, securely, and with no risk to business continuity.
There are four considerations when selecting a cloud migration tool: reliability, performance and scalability, security, and pricing.
All migration tools can be considered reliable since they’ve been carefully designed for resilience, and pricing is a matter of what you’re willing to spend. To choose the right tool comes down to finding one that fits the type of migration you are attempting and can provide the performance and security you need.
The use of self-scripted data migration is best suited to smaller migration projects. This is because although it can support any source and destination, challenges occur when attempting to scale the solution.
If all the data is located at a single location, an on-premises tool will perform admirably. At the same time, the cloud-based offerings are flexible enough to handle multi-site migrations to a private cloud. Most on-premises and cloud-based data migration tools can cope with multiple data sources and destinations. When it comes to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud-based solutions, these traditionally do not have operating system limitations, and upgrades to support the latest versions are carried out automatically by vendors.
One of the advantages of a migration to the cloud is leaving the legacy architecture behind. This strategy allows you to leverage all the cloud-native features that your new database has to offer. As a bonus you can reconsider current business needs. The option, although attractive, comes with two primary risks. With a new architecture design there will be unforeseen challenges. The new design will need proof of concept, testing, and thorough validation. Secondly it will require building on unfamiliar technology. However, by working with the right technology partner and using the appropriate migration tool this approach often delivers the best results.
Finding the right cloud migration tool for your business
Cloud migration tool choice will depend largely on the requirements and your in-house skill levels. The important point here is to clearly understand what you want to achieve, and you can work with your cloud provider, or a specialist cloud migration partner, to figure this out. They’ll outline the right sort of tools you should be using. The bottom line - there’s no definitive rank of tools and any tool that is suitable for your type of migration will be just as effective as any other.