If you are going to move your business operations to the cloud, it is important to assess the needs of your business so that you can determine if you are ready. While the cloud readiness checklist includes many steps, there are a few key components you should start with. Regardless of which model you choose (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS), the steps to implementation are similar. Here are four considerations that will get your business ready in PASS environment.
Seven Steps to Cloud Readiness in PAAS Environment
1. What are your business objectives for migrating your infrastructure to the cloud?
These may include capital expenditure savings, improving remote collaboration, increased flexibility and/or security, etc. Before designing a cloud migration strategy, you need to know what you want from such a migration. There are many decisions to be made along the way, and if your goals are clear, you will make the right decisions.
2. Conduct an inventory of your applications
This is not just about listing all the applications and their uses. It’s also about answering questions to assess your cloud readiness. What technologies are you using? What are you doing with your applications? Are they scalable? How easily can they be changed for migration? How do they interact with external systems? Who is using them? What is the volume of usage, and are there peaks and valleys in usage? All of these answers provide the right application assessment for cloud migration.
3. Conduct an inventory of servers, databases, and storage
Where is your data stored, and how much is there? You need to determine the cost-effectiveness of moving your data to the cloud. The “plus” of migrating data to the cloud is that it can make your business more flexible.
4. Create “dependency maps” for your applications
Any cloud readiness assessment template should include a complete breakdown of which applications are running on which servers. The point here is to assess the complexity of each application and its underlying infrastructure. Applications can then be categorized by priority and how easily they can or cannot be migrated.
5. Catalog the technologies used for your applications
This might include the stacks, programming languages, and database servers you use. Migration tools for the cloud should capture these fairly quickly, and comprehensive source code analysis will give you better insight into the software libraries you use.
6. Make recommendations for the transition plan
Based on the above five steps, each application needs to be categorized. Some will be ready to migrate to the cloud immediately; others will need to be reworked, re-hosted, or even discontinued. Then you can analyze the source code of those applications that need to be reworked or re-hosted and determine what should be done and how.
7. Assess the scope of future work.
If you have used a good cloud readiness assessment template that includes these six steps, you can group the applications and have a general idea of how much work will be involved. At this point, the planning phase of the migration can begin.
Planning your implementation strategically with the help of an expert can help you prepare before any major conversions. If you need help assessing your organization’s cloud readiness, contact our team today at iSmile Technologies.