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Azure Migration Strategy: Top 3 reasons why a detailed plan is essential

We’ve seen many Australian customers lift and shift infrastructure without the cloud architecture and governance framework they need to accurately align Azure's capabilities with their business goals.

Without a detailed cloud migration strategy to properly migrate or adopt Microsoft Azure in their business, organisations often overlook a detailed understanding of what innovation can be realised outside of a general hosting environment. 

If a risk-adverse, cost effective and scalable cloud infrastructure is a big part of your business goals, having a clearly defined Azure Migration strategy is a minimum requirement to help you overcome these common but avoidable pains and achieve a cost-optimised, secured and seamless transition to Azure Cloud.

Here’s the 3 top reasons a Azure Migration strategy is essential before you migrate or adopt Azure. 

1. Structure

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Moving to or adopting Azure Cloud in business is a significant task that demands careful, meticulous planning to ensure the Migration is successful and risk-free. 

While the benefits of the Azure Cloud is significant, in order to reduce risk there are several business considerations that are often overlooked, such as:

  • The Total Cost of Ownership - How much will Azure cost my business
  • Application Compatibility - what needs to move and in what order

  • How to deal with Cloud Security, Identity and Governance

  • The creation of a robust Landing Zone

  • How to align to Microsoft's Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF)

  • Ongoing Cloud Management and Operational Maturity Readiness
  • How do best utilise Microsoft licensing.

  • Ongoing Optimisation, how do I align to the Well-architected Framework.

Taking the time to build a documented Migration strategy around these considerations means you can accurately align your current applications, infrastructure and future growth areas with the capabilities of Microsoft Azure Cloud.

 

2. Migration Management

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Migration management seems fairly simple but we consider this as one of the most important aspects of any broader Migration strategy. This stage can make or break the whole journey to the Cloud depending upon the execution. You have different initiatives that you want to take care of during this phase, but the most important task is to make the relevant stakeholders are aware of the process and the risks attached. They are the owners and users of the applications you are planning to Migrate. Therefore, they must know what to expect in the lead up, during and after the Migration activities have occurred.

We find the following four items are key to any Migration, such as:
  • Documentation
  • Stakeholder Management
  • User adoption
  • Ongoing training

 

3. Optimisation

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A key success criteria of any move to the Azure Cloud is underpinned by the following 3 post Migration activities, this being;

  • Rightsizing of services, aligned to the original TCO
  • The move to adopt Platform as a Service solutions (PaaS)
  • The automation of Cost Management & Billing

When you have Migrated workloads and applications to the Azure Cloud, and exited a datacentre, then the job doesn't finish. The ongoing commercial model review and optimisations is critical for long term success. This should be underpinned by regular Well-architected reviews and engagement with your relevant Azure partner.

 

Conclusion

An Azure Cloud Migration strategy and Migrating to the Azure cloud is a journey unique to every business, so having a documented Plan that brings together the best practices outlined in this article is key to success.

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