Migrating your organization’s website, product, and services to the cloud can sometimes be a daunting process with a lot of upfront costs and expenditures for long term gains. A company’s payment platform, website, databases, and accounting workloads can each require different levels of care and caution depending on how vulnerable they are to scale. For example, an organizations’ payment platforms and website are more vulnerable to scale than accounting tables and database workloads, because adding new user payment information requires more complex integration with other products and services than adding a new row in a database.
Because these differences in attention are required in the path to cloud migration , it’s increasingly important to seek ways to estimate the time, effort, and work needed to successfully migrate each of your business’s workloads to the cloud. Migration tools for platforms like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services allow organizations to minimize effort needed to migrate their products and services to the cloud.
How do Migration Tools Work?
After cloud migration tools, like CloudEndure for example, are installed on all physical, virtual, and cloud-based machines that need to be migrated, organizations can choose target locations, the types of servers to be created, and the network layouts to be used. While your organization’s servers and business continues to run, migration tools continue to run in the background and continually replicate your workloads to the target destination. After migration is complete, you can perform tests on your new cloud-based machines with no business or system disruptions. When you’re satisfied with the migration, a short disruption can be scheduled and all of your users from then on will be directed to your cloud.
The advantage of cloud migration tools is that they allow you to migrate entire applications to the cloud while maintaining all of your business services and keeping all of your data.
Hybrid Cloud Approach
Many organizations choose to adopt a hybrid cloud approach which allows them to maintain a portion of their data and applications on the cloud as well as on-premises. With an Azure hybrid cloud for example, organizations can choose the best locations for each of their applications, especially if many are Microsoft-specific, based on business requirements that ultimately minimize the effort needed to move to the cloud.
Benefits of Cloud Migration Tools
This automated approach to migration effectively reduces the amount of effort needed to migrate your workloads to the cloud and aligns with DevOps principles to simplify your business’s operations. Cloud provider and third-party tools not only help organizations migrate their applications, but also optimize those apps after the migration is complete. In addition, some tools also help organizations track their cloud computing resources, costs and performance. By utilizing these tools, organizations make an initial investment that saves time and money in the long run given the complexity of the cloud migration process.
Overview of Migration Tools for Azure and AWS
Tools such as Azure Site Recovery allow organizations to automate the cloud migration process while maintaining strong control. Important workloads are well protected through the automated replicated process and users are able to continually monitor the state of various instances. Likewise, AWS migration tools such as Direct Connect and AWS Snowball allow professionals to create direct connections with AWS servers and transport large applications securely with minimal disruptions.
Which Migration Tool is Right for Me?
There are many migration tools that are available on the market that help organizations transition smoothly to the cloud, but they each have different strengths. To figure out the best cloud migration tools for your workloads, it is wise to consider leveraging an Azure consulting services partner, an AWS consulting partner, or other partner who can offer their expertise by organizing and modernizing your architecture to be compatible with Azure, AWS, or another cloud platform.
For example, by working with a cloud consulting partner like Sysgain, organizations can focus on delivering better services for their fast-growing consumer market. In addition, their migration and redeveloped operating model is overseen and developed by a team with expertise in that specific area.
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