Purpose, Process, and Partners — Making Your Cloud Migration a Success

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CloudPhysics has partnered with Google to help our customers make the migration to the cloud as quick and easy as possible. The combined per-instance cost model and custom instances provided by Google offer nearly unlimited combinations of deployment models for moving workloads to the cloud. But the end goal still needs consideration and planning. This is where CloudPhysics has stepped in to help customers and partners make informed decisions regarding which resources to migrate, as well as estimating early costs. When considering the migration of workloads to the cloud, most organizations tend to focus on the cost benefit of the final state. This is indeed the goal, but the purpose, process, and partners we utilize can all  dramatically impact our success and value along the way.

Google Cloud Platform offers low costs and unique features that make migration very compelling, but many of the processes, calculations, and how-to’s are beyond the experience of most organizations. It may not simply be a “lift-and-shift” effort. To truly succeed at migration, we need to step back and evaluate the purpose, process, and partners.

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Before we even start the assessment process, we need to understand the purpose of our migration: what do we think cloud computing can offer the business that we do not have today?  Is it flexibility and the ability to expand and contract instantaneously without capital expenditure for new resources? Are we hoping to gain services that cannot be implemented on site, such as disaster recovery, security, or application mobility? Is the goal to differentiate the business competitively? Or to focus on more collaborative, integrated solutions with partners? Before determining which workloads to move to the cloud, we need to determine the purpose of the migration itself, and what we hope to achieve by this change. In fact, the purpose of the migration may be the most important aspect of all, besides the platform.

Once you have the purpose, you would typically want to quantify the cost of the new cloud model. Differing configurations, commitments, and choices of which workloads to move all have  cost implications. The process by which we select and exclude workloads in a cloud migration also has dramatic impacts on costs. Selecting all workloads in an environment typically is not a wise choice, and the effort to quantify costs per VM can be daunting.    

CloudPhysics helps with the process of selection and exclusion by delivering visibility into all workloads, plus the added ability to work with tagging and exclusions. In addition, rightsizing will add further savings to the process. WIthout a solid tool to review the current and future state of every workload, most organizations are ill-equipped to decide which models and features are the best financial choices.

That’s why CloudPhysics has stepped in and provided the Google Cloud Platform assessment tools to make a more informed decision. By looking at server hardware, operating system support, and configurations, we can help identify workloads that it makes financial sense to keep on premises, and those to rightsize and move to the cloud.

But a tool cannot know everything. Understanding how a business uses an application and the intended future of a solution require interviews with application owners. Business owners often have a deeper understanding of how they intend to use an application, as well as a more informed idea as to its future. Unless they are included in these discussions, IT administrators can only work with limited knowledge. Interviews, policies, and application lifecycle management are a start in this effort to clearly understand the life of an application. Even so, an application owner may not be prepared to discuss upgrades, alternatives, and security in a cloud context. This falls into the realm of the trusted partner.

For most organizations, a trusted partner is critical to the success of a cloud migration. This  partner, armed with the right tools, experience, and staff, can discover and map all business context to an application and supporting resources. Google’s GCP Cloud Partners bring the right tools and experience to an engagement to ensure that customers are informed and make wise decisions when evaluating their cloud strategy. The smart choice would be to leverage an experienced partner equipped with CloudPhysics to conduct a detailed interview and analysis. This partner can help build a strong use case defining which resources truly are candidates for a cloud migration.

When discussing how to move to GCP, start by asking if you have defined a clear purpose for the move, mapped out a clear process for evaluation and migration, and obtained an experienced, quality partner who will ensure your efforts are a success. A successful migration will have a clear purpose, while not preparing is a certain way to fail. CloudPhysics, and a Google Cloud Partner can ensure that you make the right move. Reaching for the clouds does not need to be only an aspiration; with the right purpose, process, and partners, it can be a successful business accelerator.

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Take advantage of the Google Cloud Partners and CloudPhysics to begin your cloud migration planning. Learn more at: https://app.cloudphysics.com/Google+GCP/getStarted