Today, moving to the cloud is no longer a question, as companies are aware of the benefits cloud migration brings. Shifting from on-premises to the cloud led to improved flexibility, security, reduced cost, and quick data access from anywhere and anytime.   

However, not all cloud migration goes smoothly if it’s not strategized well. You will be amazed to know that without a proper plan, cloud migration can take a longer time than expected and still may not reap all the benefits that organizations desire. For instance, lift and shift migration, which is a known cloud migration strategy, may not work for all businesses. It’s an approach that involves moving applications, systems, workloads, and data from on-premises to the cloud. It’s important to ensure that lift and shift is the right approach for your business! For complex applications, such an approach may result in suboptimal performance and higher costs in the long run.    

Thus, not choosing proper cloud migration strategies may lead to switching back to on-premises and traditional infrastructure, which can degrade business performance and moreover incur cost and time.   

If you’re feeling stuck, we are here to help you. This blog will list the top 5 strategies that will ensure swift cloud migration-

Identify the Right Applications that need to be Migrated to the Cloud  

Not every application needs to be moved to the cloud as some applications may not be cloud friendly. In such a scenario, optimizing the retention strategy works well. This means that applications that cannot be moved to the cloud for reasons such as dependencies on legacy systems, regulatory constraints, performance requirements, and hardware dependencies should be kept on-premises. Thus, a full analysis needs to be conducted related to complexity and associated implications before migrating into the cloud.

Ensure a Comprehensive Migration Strategy 

Before shifting from on-prem to the cloud, businesses should carefully consider processes, data integration, types of cloud services, vendors, and so on. It’s paramount to first ensure migration goals, whether it’s cost minimizing cost, scalability, agility, or all of these. Businesses can conduct a thorough assessment of their current IT environment and infrastructure to identify dependencies, performance requirements, and any potential challenges. These goals will facilitate decision-making throughout the migration process.

Choose a Service Provider with the Right Skill Set

Choosing a service provider that has the right blend of skills and expertise will ensure a smooth cloud migration. For the successful transition to the cloud, the top skills that businesses should look after are data engineering skills, cloud networking, cloud security, cloud infrastructure, DevOps expertise, Linux expertise, and so on. Also, a cloud service provider should be able to integrate existing systems with new channels, such as mobile apps or web platforms by leveraging microservices and APIs.

 Ensuring Scalability and performance  

One of the benefits of cloud migration is scalability and if this is the main reason to shift from on-prem to cloud, then it’s significant to ensure that the chosen cloud solution can handle your increasing data volumes and continue to do so as your business grows. This includes verifying that the vendor has scalable infrastructure and performance-boosting features to handle workloads and thus maintain application responsiveness, ensuring that your application meets expectations in the cloud environment.

Post-Migration Testing

It’s advisable to perform post-migration testing to avoid cloud migration failure. It’s important to validate business processes after migration to ensure that business operations continue to run smoothly. This includes reviewing and analyzing application performance, looking for potential disruptions, and ensuring data security. Managing data security is essential at the migration stage as data is at high risk of exposure to threats and breaches.  

Summing Up

To ensure a successful cloud migration and harness its full potential, businesses need to adopt a comprehensive approach that addresses the challenges of cloud migration. Adopting a cloud migration strategy helps identify discrepancies in transit from on-premises to the cloud and can help in achieving the desired business outcomes.   

At Canopus Infosystems, we can help you with your cloud journey and cloud implementation. Having years of expertise and the required skills, you can rely on our core services for all your cloud needs.


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Ashish Malviya

He is a Senior Operations Manager and AI Automation Expert at Canopus Infosystems Pvt Ltd. Ashish completed his post-graduation in Mobile Computer Technology in 2010 and has been working as a Technical Solution Architect. He’s been working on developing Drones, UAVs, Automation, and Generative AI software and managed to deliver 500+ projects to 200+ clients with his team at Canopus Infosystems.

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