Cloud migration 101: Considerations and expectations

In this brief interview, former Sagiss network operations center (NOC) leader Ian Pryseski covers some key questions to think about before migrating any aspect of your IT environment to the cloud. 

Below is an amended transcript of the video contents.

What are the first things to consider in advance of a cloud migration? 

You definitely don’t want shoot from the hip when considering a cloud migration. There are a lot of different factors you need to examine:

  • Is it cost effective?

  • What other pieces are you going to implement?

  • In some cases, it depends on your workload or how you’re going to interact with the public.

  • Do you require some sort of web front end for your applications?

  • Do you have a lot of data you need to host?

How does my internet connection affect a cloud migration?

With the cloud, the way that you access data significantly changes because it relies more on your internet connection.

If you are in an environment that has a slower internet connection, that can be significantly daunting on a day-to-day basis when accessing your data once you move your environment into the cloud. In other environments where you do have a larger 'pipe' or significant redundancy, you may not notice the change but it’s something that you need to consider when you are looking into relocating your environment.

How does Windows 10 simplify cloud migration?

Right now, with Windows 10 having gone through various iterations, it’s definitely a good time to look at migrating into a Windows 10 cloud environment.  It has gone through various creator updates that have shown it to be rock solid. Aside from that, the various feature sets you get with Windows 10 implement seamlessly with any of the Microsoft 365 feature sets, Azure AD, and security features with in Intune.

Do I have to go “all in” with the cloud?

The concept of going ‘all in’ with the cloud is something to consider, but you do have the capability of working in a hybrid environment.

A lot of times people who have web services or various services that function better in the cloud, they exist in the cloud, but a large portion of their environment is still hosted locally. So you do have the ability to keep portions of your environment or replicated portions of your environment hosted locally.

There are a lot of benefits to moving to the cloud, but at the same time if you go in head first without careful planning, you could find it exceptionally difficult to reverse.

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