How best to manage your cloud migration strategy
Leveraging cloud services to gain a competitive edge is the new imperative.
The cloud-based digital economy is rapidly taking shape with most enterprises having adopted the cloud in some form to gain competitive advantages. Cloud services are beginning to provide infrastructure on-demand, instant scalability, APIs (application programming interfaces) for integration, and a pay-as-you-go cost savings model.
We at Iris have been helping clients adopt and migrate to the cloud in a seamless way. Computing in the cloud, using the cloud for storage and using SaaS (software as a service) applications are rapidly becoming the ‘new normal’ in business. Yet within each business, pockets of users and other line functions exist that depend on legacy infrastructure and applications. It is in these areas where cloud adoption, cloud engineering and cloud application development services are required.
We help companies design a comprehensive and meticulous approach to make the transit to the cloud, whether it involves a single critical application or a major portion of their IT estate. Some of the key drivers for enterprises to adopt a cloud strategy include conversion of monolithic applications into services and/or micro services. That includes making existing applications available to a globally distributed user base, adopting cloud as a means of reducing costs associated with data centers, adopting Agile methods to improve efficiency and innovation, and reducing tech debt.
Re-crafting applications with a cloud-native model
Minimize unexpected downtimes by defining how applications are created and deployed.
A cloud-native approach defines how applications are created and deployed, and it is the way forward to address application failures, unexpected downtimes, and unsatisfactory customer experiences.
We help organizations convert legacy applications into cloud-native applications using DevOps and containers, thereby reducing tech debt. We also design and develop micro services, APIs, and cloud-native digital applications.
Traditional application architectures, operations, and pace of development are inadequate in a new world where the focus is shifting to providing business value to customers rather than delivering operational value. To achieve this, enterprises have to reimagine application environments – change the way they design, build and use applications to succeed in a fast-paced, software-driven world.
Cloud-native applications, which are a collection of small, independent and loosely coupled services perfectly meet this need. Centered on APIs for interaction and collaboration, packaged as lightweight containers, developed with best of breed languages and frameworks and managed through Agile DevOps processes, they deliver apps at the pace a business needs them.
The cloud-native approach requires the development and IT operations team to evolve in many different ways to build and deploy applications faster and more efficiently.
We at Iris have specialized expertise in developing complex application environments and understand the need for improvements across architectures, infrastructure and processes. Our value-led approach to application services helps organizations explore the cloud-native journey and drive innovation and speed within the enterprise.
Checklist for cloud migration
Legacy systems, scalability, costs and tech debt are the moving pieces in a cloud shift.
In executing a cloud migration strategy, we first prepare the ground with a set of checks:
- We conduct a cloud readiness and economic assessment based on business challenges and determine the migration approach.
- We assess the existing operating environment to identify opportunities for cost, security and optimizations.
- We develop a cloud roadmap journey with short, medium- and long-term business objectives.
We outline and define the planning and architecture of the migration thus:
- Modernize DevOps approaches to leverage automation.
- Support the execution of the roadmap and strategy.