Make your cloud adoption vision a reality by defining, collecting and analyzing the data required to create a migration plan. This helps you estimate the level of effort and costs associated with migrating to and operating your application portfolio on the Cloud. Define the complete dataset required to properly analyze and prioritize application migrations, determine suitable data collection tools and select pilot migration workloads and priorities. The discovery phase also includes gaining an understanding of your regulatory environment and desired compliance controls, as well as planning for cloud connectivity.
The Foundation phase builds the initial environment into which you can move and build production workloads. This is often referred to as a landing zone and leverages Infrastructure-as-Code and other automation tools. The Landing Zone has all the necessary networking, operational, governance and security requirements built into it, so you can operate and manage production workloads at scale. This phase typically includes gathering requirements, creating an end-state architectural design and validating and building the design in the Cloud.
Leverage agile methodologies to iteratively migrate your workloads to the Cloud with minimal disruption to your business. Work with your key stakeholders to assemble project teams, assign responsibilities and develop schedules to ensure timely project completion. Define an integrated sprint plan that is validated and tested by moving applications to the Cloud during pilot migrations. You’ll get hands-on experience by shifting different types of applications to the Cloud using a standard process and the selected migration tools. After the pilot migrations are complete, the migration backlog is tackled at-scale in sprints and/or waves, which mitigates risk and maximizes success. Throughout the migration, have a communications plan in place to share cloud successes early and often with your business stakeholders.
Once an application and its data have been migrated to the Cloud, you can begin thinking of how to improve it. For example, you could do so by adding high availability via additional availability zones, elasticity with autoscaling groups or better observability with enhanced monitoring. You might want to offload static assets from your application tier or decouple tiers. Ultimately, you can increase cost savings and agility by refactoring applications to leverage cloud-native services. And, it's easier than ever to expand your usage of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery practices and tooling as you move your applications to the Cloud.
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