More and more organizations are choosing cloud solutions over on-premises environments. According to 2022 data, 93% of technology leaders say their organizations primarily rely on cloud solutions in various forms, compared to 83% two years ago and 48% say their infrastructure is mostly hybrid, compared to 40% two years ago. At the same time, the number of respondents who indicated that their organizations mainly use on-premises environments has halved to 7%.
Cloud migration is the process of moving applications, data, and services from local infrastructures or one’s provider cloud to remote servers of other providers. Instead of maintaining their server parks and infrastructures, companies can take advantage of the cloud platforms' power.
There are several reasons why companies are migrating to the cloud. Firstly, high flexibility and scalability for quick adaptation to shifting business needs, changing workloads, and user requirements. Companies only need to rent resources in the cloud and manage without large investments in infrastructure.
Secondly, increasing the level of data and application security and improving protection against cyber-attacks and information leaks. Cloud providers usually have advanced information security mechanisms, including encryption, multi-level authentication systems, and security monitoring.
Thirdly, high availability and fault tolerance. The distributed architecture of cloud platforms and data backup prevents information loss in case of failures or emergencies. Companies can keep their Apps and services running even when unexpected problems occur.
Successful migration requires careful planning and evaluation to minimize risks and achieve your goals. Consider the key steps in planning your cloud migration:
- Assessment of the existing IT infrastructure – the study of servers, data storage, applications, and network resources. The result of the assessment will help you to understand which components should be migrated to the cloud, as well as determine the requirements and restrictions associated with the migration.
- Determining the scope of the migration project: establishing the amount of data and applications for transferring to the cloud, and identifying dependencies and relationships between them. For example, if you have a database, you need to determine which applications and services depend on that database for proper planning of their migration.
- Defining business requirements and goals will help you navigate your choice of cloud platform and determine the necessary measures to improve performance, increase availability and reliability, reduce costs, and achieve greater flexibility.
- Assessing risks and developing a strategy to manage these risks: possible data loss, security issues, or improper resource planning.
- Determine budget and timeline: estimate the required resources and set a realistic period for completing the migration project. The budget may include the cost of cloud services, staff training, and external consulting services.
Choosing a cloud provider
Interestingly, choosing a cloud service provider usually was the IT department's responsibility. With the advent of new technologies, more and more interest groups are included in this process. Today this decision turns out to be a strategic one. So now, employees from various departments are involved in it. According to statistics, the average organization includes about four groups in choosing a cloud provider. Key groups with authority in this process include IT leadership (50%), IT security professionals (47%), IT infrastructure and management (47%), and non-IT top management (44%).
Providers in the market
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are the three leading cloud providers in the core market.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a broad infrastructure with multiple regions and Availability Zones. Offers plenty of services, including computing power, data storage, databases, analytics, machine learning, and more. Widely used in various industries and has a large user community.
Microsoft Azure provides cloud services and solutions integrated with existing Microsoft products. It has a global presence and a variety of services for developing, deploying, and managing applications for organizations using Microsoft technologies. It offers many integrated services, such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and data analytics.
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a cloud platform focused on scalability, performance, and data analytics. It has a global data center network and multiple tools for developing and managing cloud applications. It is suitable for using Google tools.
At the same time, small players specializing in narrow market segments often show higher efficiency than leading companies do. They focus on developing and maintaining a small number of specific and unique features, and are very often the best at it, bringing their expertise to the top. Users prefer them because they provide stability and focus on a few important features, while long-term and grand development plans may be less important.
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