Over the past 17 years, we’ve helped many enterprises plan their move to the cloud. In every case, one of the primary questions they face is trying to decide which applications they should migrate, which should move together, and in what priority.
When you consider the multiple cloud offerings and options available and the thousands of workloads and applications an enterprise likely has, the complexity of this challenge isn’t surprising.
While there are lots of things to consider in addressing this, identifying all workloads and applications and knowing their complexity and importance to the business are fundamental building blocks needed to start.
So, what do you need to know about your workloads and applications to build the roadmap for your migration?
1. Impact on critical business services
2. Availability requirements
3. Migration windows
4. Data-handling and compliance procedures (i.e., PCI, SOX, HIPAA)
5. Dependencies and interdependencies on resources
You need to align application criticality to your cloud strategy and ensure the correct cloud provider is identified for each application and workload.
Bottom line, understanding application complexity and priority to the business are critical factors for ensuring a smooth migration and avoiding undue risks.
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