by  Viktor Krasheninnikov

Is Your Enterprise Ready To Migrate To The Cloud?

  4 min read

While on-premises data centers haven’t yet gone extinct, migration to the public cloud has grown significantly. In the last year alone, 68 percent of CIOs ranked public cloud or hybrid cloud migration as their “top IT spending driver.

Following a year of upheaval, it’s logical that cloud migration has boomed as the best solution for business continuity challenges.

Cloud migration makes business sense

Public cloud migration allows organizations to scale their infrastructure rapidly. It also improves the infrastructure’s maintainability and elasticity, which decreases the time-to-market for products and mitigates disaster event risks.

With a global presence, 200+ available services, extensive business support, and innovative pricing, the AWS Cloud platform has become a top choice for public cloud migration.

Yet even though enterprises need public or hybrid cloud migration to accelerate their business, the actual migration process remains anything but trivial.

Why a Migration Readiness Assessment Saves time and money

A cloud migration must be carefully planned if you want to mitigate related risks, reduce migration time, and minimize costs.

That’s why it is critical to start with a full assessment of your cloud migration readiness.

Conducting a Migration Readiness Assessment helps to:

  • Clearly define the migration’s scope as well as your business and IT goals.
  • Review your current infrastructure and identify items and gaps to be addressed during the migration.
  • Highlight potential risks and constraints that could arise during the migration.
  • Define the best migration strategy for your enterprise-grade environment components and workloads.
  • Determine the best starting point and road map for each of the migration phases.
  • Provide a preliminary understanding of the migration timelines and budget.

SoftServe’s experts are well-versed in handling a wide array of public cloud migrations. We design and maintain cloud infrastructures, moving organizations and internal processes to a public cloud operational model. Our approach utilizes industry best practices and reference architectures.

We built our Migration Readiness Assessment as a way to evaluate an organization’s cloud-readiness. We understand that identifying the best migration approach for each infrastructure component is the appropriate path for success.

How SoftServe’s Migration Readiness Assessment works

To conduct the Migration Readiness Assessment (MRA), we rely on AWS’ Migration Evaluator (formerly TSO Logic) and a proprietary tool we developed called the Cloud Readiness Evaluation Tool or CRET.

The three most important features of this tool are:

  1. Workload Evaluation
    This element assesses your workload’s readiness for cloud migration, using the six AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) perspectives as a guideline.
  2. Best Strategies Identification
    CRET supports the inspection and analysis by SoftServe experts of your current infrastructure and helps identify migration strategies. We note and address infrastructure gaps and potential risks before migration.
  3. Report Preparation
    You receive a custom, consolidated report that establishes the migration scale and timeline along with a TCO analysis and business case. This information is used to estimate the costs and length of the migration.

Migration Readiness Timeline

SoftServe conducts the Migration Readiness Assessment as a workshop over two days. It involves your cross-functional leads such as technical, legal, or executive sponsors and other required stakeholders.

After those two days, SoftServe experts take three days to create your custom report using CRET.

Migration Readiness report

This report specifies your migration business drivers with an end-to-end migration roadmap and provides you with a guide to the mobilization phase. It also lists specific readiness gaps alongside a gap and risk heat map and scoring chart. This chart and list of gaps are accompanied by mitigation proposals to make changes before or during migration.

Lastly, the assessment includes a Cloud Readiness Radar Chart so you can visualize current business strengths and weaknesses based on the answers provided during the MRA.

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With 90 percent of global enterprises likely to rely on a hybrid cloud by 2022, the question of cloud migration isn’t if, but how. With our Migration Readiness Assessment to build your cloud migration plan and timeline, you’ll reduce time, cost, and risk to your business.

Let’s talk about your public cloud migration and how SoftServe’s Migration Readiness Assessment and AWS Cloud make your business future-proof.