Key performance indicators for your cloud migration

Migrating to cloud can be considered successful only when you have measured it against key performance indicators. These baseline indicators help in determining the gap of the desired state of your infrastructure on cloud that can guarantee apt returns and the existent state. Setting right KPIs help in measuring the stages of execution of any cloud migration project or also helps you identify the blockers arising in execution and how to mitigate them. These KPIs provide visibility into the health of your cloud infrastructure. Proper KPI setting and proper testing are two most important things that go into determining your efficiency on cloud. 

Let’s discuss about the major cloud KPIs 

Pre-Migration KPIs 

  • On-Premise Costs 

The on-premise costs generally involves calculating the cost of data centres ( servers, rack infrastructure, storage, networks, power, staff etc), the cost of hardware and software, the cost of operation and the cost of maintenance. It is of utmost importance to calculate all these costs so that we can actually visualize the returns or advantage of migrating to cloud 

During Migration 

  • Duration of the project 

As with the duration of the project, your capital expenditure on the project is tied up along with employee efforts, it is very much required to devise out the optimal time for migration to cloud. This can be done only after assessment of your infrastructure that needs to be migrated to cloud and the time required for all activities like goal planning, prioritizing components for migration, mapping dependencies and risks and so on. You need to create a detailed checklist of all the activities and the time for each activity that would be required for migration and determine the duration of the project based on that. This KPI can be set with collaboration of the project managers, CTOs, CIOs, Migration specialists, developers and your Cloud Service provider ( CSP). You need to decide the time required for each phase of migration including the project supervision, testing and other time requirements. 

  • Disruption of business-critical applications 

While migration, you need to ensure that production and the workflows doesn’t face challenges in data and device access. So, a proper planning must be done to ensure that business critical applications are available all the time before, during and after migration. So, you may be required to create an architecture that uniquely combines on-premise and cloud to deliver seamless access to critical data, workloads and ensure minimum disruption during migration. The level and the amount of disruption can be measured by  

  • Calculating how many of your business-critical applications and systems are continually being used in the workflow during migration 
  • The number of service requests being attended to, returned and generated 
  • Uptime percentage and the length of downtime during migration 
  • Cost of Migration  

There are many costs involved in migration which include  

  • The cost of migrating the applications and systems from its existing location to the cloud 
  • Refactoring changes which may include code and configuration changes 
  • Cost of undertaking dependency mapping 
  • Cost of re-architecting systems and applications to deliver them cloud native 
  • Project management costs, staff costs and others 

We need to ensure that the migration costs are optimized so that migration doesn’t turn out to be a loss affair. 

Post Migration KPIs 

Post Migration KPIs include infrastructure KPIs which involve 

  • Infrastructural usage 

It involves the operation costs measured in terms of  

  • CPU utilization percentage 
  • Memory usage 
  • Network latency 
  • Load balancing and more 
  • Device and application performance 

It is generally measured in terms of  

  • Error rates 
  • Response Time 
  • Availability and Thoroughput  
  • Downtime 
  • Cloud operations Cost 

This includes all the costs of running your systems and components on cloud 

It includes 

  • Cloud bill generated monthly 
  • Cost of cloud maintenance staff 
  • Cost of third-party tools and services 
  • Power Costs and more 
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