Mitigate Fallout of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Ensuring Your Business Runs in the Cloud

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By Sean Feeney

Cloud Engineering Practice Director


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The COVID-19 pandemic is stress testing businesses in all industries. It has highlighted the need for every company to have a business continuity plan ready at all times. Having disaster recovery environments in the cloud and critical infrastructure on premises might have been sufficient in the past, but the unique constraints of the world’s response to this crisis highlight the imperative to exit on-prem environments post haste. Companies who have moved their critical applications, infrastructure and data to the cloud are able to more quickly to respond to crises and surges in demand and are finding themselves better positioned for survival both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five steps to quickly move to the cloud without compromising security and reliability:
  1. Utilize a landing zone built to a secure enterprise-level baseline. AWS, for example, has formalized this as their Control Tower service. Azure also has blueprints for various compliance scenarios.
  2. Use a rehost migration methodology, often called “lift and shift,” or “forklift” after its historical analog equivalent, to accelerate the movement of workloads as-is to the cloud. You can revisit them for modernization later. For companies currently running virtualized workloads on VMware, this process will be very similar to their past physical-to-virtual efforts. In fact, if cost is no object, you can keep running VMware as your hypervisor on AWS or Azure, and GCP is acquiring equivalent functionality.
  3. Improve the reliability of these legacy systems moved to the cloud by enabling auto-recovery, provisioning services across multiple availability zones where feasible and placing them behind load balancers. Even a single server solution can benefit from a load balancer — immediately from malformed packet protection and in the future with minimized disruption when you either refactor the application to scale horizontally or replace it entirely.
  4. Choose tooling that your operations team will actually use. You don’t have to completely reinvent your existing practices and processes to get to the cloud, but not all of your current IT management tools may work well — or at all — once you’re there. However, choosing advanced tooling that your teams aren’t ready for can leave you in a worse position than you were on-prem. In-place patching and configuration management tools are still necessary investments for your forklifted workloads. As you move towards cloud-native immutable patterns, image management tools become paramount. Each cloud provider has native tooling solutions, and third-parties like HashiCorp can offer additional functionality and standardization.
  5. Leverage the services of an external partner to accelerate the time-to-value of your cloud migration. Our knowledge and experience will help you mitigate risks, and our Collaborative model of working can help your teams start building their cloud muscles.

Ready to get started? Learn more about how Nerdery’s Cloud Services can help you get to the cloud of your choice quickly while driving long-term cost savings and improving the resiliency of your IT infrastructure.

Published on 03.27.20