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Mar 21, 2022

Azure Cloud Readiness Checklist

Cloud migration helps your organization to modernize mission-critical applications by increasing agility and flexibility.  

In 2021, worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow 23.1% to a total of $332.3 billion, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.

Gartner also predicts the future of cloud and edge infrastructure by showing the picture of changing the enterprise infrastructure, new opportunities, and new threats for I&O leaders.

According to Gartner’s prediction, enterprise infrastructure will be connected by more than 15 billion IoT (Internet of things) devices by 2029. So, if the I&O leaders don’t properly coordinate when and how they will be connected then all the trusted, untrusted, corporate, and guest devices can pose a risk to the enterprises.

Also, this is common for IT organizations to find the IoT devices on their networks and they can install, secure, or manage themselves. If the enterprises will segment or isolate the devices, then they can save themselves from cyberattacks. 

A dimensional research survey found that less than 5% of cloud migration had been successful and more than 50% were over budget or delayed because of the lack of knowledge or well-developed process. 

But if you don’t want to repeat the same mistakes as others did then you can explore the below cloud migration readiness checklist for migrating the IT system. 

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Consider the intended checklist below and address it to maximize your chances of successful cloud migration.

Step-1: Business Strategy & Planning Checklist

Identify a compelling business reason for migrating to the cloud

Identify and reach out to business stakeholders, IT, executive sponsors throughout your organization for a funding commitment. Ensure you have an executive champion who can help clear roadblocks and other barriers

Do you have the right internal staff to complete a migration project? What resources will you need?

Step-2: Right Migration Partner Search & Support

Find a Microsoft Partner who can help with your migration project to help reduce time to market.

Step-3: Workload/Application Discovery & Assessment

Evaluate your cloud readiness by using the Strategic Migration Assessment and Readiness Tool

Develop a plan for cloud adoption & migration by establishing the objectives and priorities

Step-4: Financial Planning And TCO

Create a personalized business case by using the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator for potential savings estimation and cost planning

Step-5: Cloud Migration Planning Checklist

Encourage your internal team to complete the following Azure certifications;

  1. Azure Fundamentals
  2. Solution Architecture
  3. Security Fundamentals

to help ensure you are setup for success and can manage your migration long term

Discover and assess your current application server environment and critical dependencies

Assign a project manager and business analyst to the project to develop a detailed scope, project roadmap and detailed work packages

Read and identify your migration & digital estate modernization options such as rehosting, refactoring, rearchitecting

Step-6: Landing Zone Setup Checklist

Set up an Azure landing zone designed to accept the migrated workloads (with some important components such as – networking, identity, management, security, and governance)

Step-7: Cloud Migration Execution Checklist

Train your migration team and check their prior experience in the migration process

Secure your Azure workloads by designing for the following aspects such as – (i) identity & access, (ii) app/data security, (iii) network security, (iv) threat protection, (v) security management

Step-8: Read, Learn, Optimize, Improve

Assess and migrate with low complexity workloads as a pilot for successful migration journey

Run a test migration by using Azure migrate that doesn’t impact on-premises machines & then migrate groups of physical or virtual servers at scale

Use Azure database migration service for database migration from on-premises to Azure

Step-9: Governance And Management Checklist

Monitor Azure cloud spend and recommend the cost-saving options by using the tools

Explore and visit the Azure security center, policy, and Azure blueprints after migration to ensure the resources are deployed in a consistent and repeatable way

Monitor the health performance and enhance the security of your Azure apps, infrastructure, and network

Backup plan for critical data and ensuring disaster recovery objectives

About the Author

Sabih Siddiqui

Sabih is a Senior Executive with over 18 years of experience in the technology industry, bringing together strategic perspective, architectural best practices, and operations rigor. Extensive experience partnering with customer C-Suite, building and executing business and technology vision and road maps.

A technical leader who enables teams to be top performers, delivering increased value to the organization while aligning technology groups with organizational objectives and growth. Known for building customer relations, bringing innovation, identifying growth opportunities, increasing revenue streams, improving efficiency and bringing down operational cost, delivering projects on time and within budget, and building product engineering practices from start to finish.

Specialties: Technology vision and Business strategy, Product Engineering, IT Governance and Team management, Customer relations, Technical Pre-Sales, Product Engineering & DevOps, and Solution Architecture.

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