6 Simple Steps to migrate your IT infrastructure to the Cloud

Part 4/5 of blog series on Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Having discussed extensively the benefits of cloud computing, let us in this blog discuss the six simple steps you require to migrate your business infrastructure to the cloud. Integrating cloud solutions is not as simple as it might appear and can be challenging. Each of small, medium and large scale businesses have individual and varying requirements, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Although organizations have specific business requirements, almost all of them would benefit from a phased transition plan that takes into account timing, priorities and the amount of change the organization can bear in any given timeframe. DoubleHorn’s proven Cloud Transformation Methodology is a perfect solution for all your requirements and it addresses all the challenges associated with cloud enablement. It also helps you in providing solutions tailored to suit your unique needs.

Let us detail out the six steps in detail to enable you to seamlessly migrate to the cloud.

Step 1: Cloud Screening:

The primary step involves assessing the feasibility of migrating your applications to the cloud. In this screening stage, our assessment team clarifies business objectives, sets realistic expectations for cloud migration, and provides you an estimate of your organization’s readiness for cloud transformation. This results in providing you with a clear roadmap for your migration to the cloud environment. The outcomes from this stage include

  • Education on cloud concepts
  • Cloud feasibility analysis
  • Strategy/goal setting
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Schedule projection
  • Level of effort estimate

Step 2: IT Cataloging

Having developed a solid foundation for your transformation to the cloud in the screening stage, we proceed to the next stage which involves cataloging your IT portfolio. Our team would work closely with you to understand and create an inventory of your existing technologies and capabilities. This stage is a very flexible one and it can be adjusted to be as broad or as comprehensive as required, entirely depending on your transformation requirements. Simply put, primary tasks in cataloging include

  • Network capability analysis and inventory
  • Environment landscape analysis and inventory
  • Infrastructure analysis and inventory
  • Application portfolio analysis and inventory
  • Process analysis and inventory

Step 3: Cloud Blueprinting

Next step is the cloud blueprinting wherein our certified professionals will help you achieve a right cloud structure that suits your environment. Our team, after understanding your technical requirements, will aid you in developing the necessary building blocks to form an optimal cloud architecture. Through this process, you will have a better understanding of the cloud components and their respective alignment with your business objectives. The important steps in this stage include

  • Planned and documented tasks
  • Schedule
  • Costs
  • Associated assumptions and risks

Step 4: Cloud Turn-up

After the completion of the third stage and post approving the architectural design, our engineers in this fourth stage called the cloud turn-up stage begin implementing a cloud solution tailored to suit your requirements. We offer a unique cloud solution by configuring and building a solution based on your requirements.  Major outcomes of this phase include:

  • Active cloud network resources
  • Active cloud compute (server) resources
  • Active optimal storage resources
  • Enabled specialized environment resources (DNS, load balancers, clustering, VPN, vLANs, etc.)
  • Enabled software (operating systems, middleware, applications)
  • Performance/testing baseline benchmarks

Step 5: Cloud Migration

In this stage, DoubleHorn, having tested your cloud infrastructure after deploying it transitions your applications, application data, and workloads to the cloud environment during this stage. Two major steps are performed in this stage. They are

Cloud Application and Infrastructure Turn up

Our experts leverage our tested and proven frameworks to transition your existing collaboration platforms and applications to our highly secure, resilient and high availability public, private and hybrid cloud architecture.

Cloud Application Development and Testing

Backed by our agile and proven on-demand application development and testing environment and our extensive experience in this field, we help you in accelerating time-to-value.

Step 6: Cloud Operation

In this final step, we introduce you to MyDoubleHorn, our customer portal that provides a comprehensive solution for controlling and managing your cloud resources. Activities and resources available on MyDoubleHorn include:

  • Tools and software for performance monitoring and alerting
  • Consolidated billing
  • Best practices and business process templates for operations and service management
  • Security and compliance policy monitoring
  • Quality of service and service level compliance monitoring and governance
  • Infrastructure and application patching and updating
  • Automated service provisioning
  • Trouble ticket submission with live support

DoubleHorn is a leading cloud-based Managed Services Provider, founded in January 2005 and based in Austin, TX. We specialize in delivering Cloud Services, Managed Communications and Consulting to the Enterprise, Government and SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) sectors. If you are new to the cloud or if you want to start saving on your current Cloud projects, contact us for an initial assessment at solutions@doublehorn.com or (855) 61-VOICE.

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