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Cloud Migration – Future of the Future

If the right migration strategy and best practices are not used to complete the move with the least amount of business disruption, cloud migration can have a negative impact on the organization.

Many companies are moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud because of various reasons like minimized IT requirements, physical data storage, cost, accessibility, quick deployments, consolidation, controllability, increased productivity, efficiency, and security. Nearly 60 percent of the corporate data are stored in the cloud by the end of the year 2022. There are several ways to migrate to the cloud, including Re-Factor/Re-Architect, Re-Host, and Re-Platform. Comparable to switching databases and altering the data schema is Re-Factor. Refactoring the data model and switching from Oracle to Redshift are two examples. Re-Host is similar to taking the data and copying it onto the cloud because it is a Lift and Shift migration. For smaller datasets, it works well. Similar to switching from Oracle to Snowflake, Re-Platform is moving to the new database that is hosted in the cloud.

To migrate to the cloud, we must select the right model. We are able to transfer both data and apps from on-premises to the public cloud. The hybrid cloud concept entails shifting some workloads to the cloud while leaving others on-premises. Comparable to moving on-premises applications and data to various public clouds is the multi-cloud model. Building a private cloud is similar to creating an on-site cloud computing infrastructure.

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Denodo Data Virtualization:

Data virtualization can be implemented with Denodo. A straightforward approach to cloud migration is provided by a logical data fabric made possible by data virtualization. It eliminates the necessity for cloud data replication. Your data architecture is made simpler, making the migration to the cloud quicker, less expensive, and resource-constrained. By separating the consuming application from changes in the back end and enabling IT to transfer data between systems without modifying the consuming application, data virtualization's decoupling and abstraction features ease the migration process. Both on-premises and cloud systems now share a similar access layer thanks to data virtualization. One virtual layer provides access to all the data. Regardless of the location or original format of the data, it also makes the merging of data simpler. It permits the creation of semantic models and gives all the data superior security settings.


What is the Cloud?

Cloud computing allows for user-demand access from anywhere worldwide to a unique pool of computer data and networking resources. This includes services that can be functionally provisioned and released and, in addition, servers that can store data applications. Cloud computing offers three options for cloud deployment- public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud.

  • 1. The Public Cloud- The public cloud is available to the general public. The cloud services provider will operate this cloud through its data centers. The public cloud is primarily for businesses that want the latest technology without having additional capital expenditures. The cost model is pay-at-time of service, since there is no need to purchase on-site infrastructure and storage.
  • 2. The Private Cloud- A private cloud is for the exclusive use of one organization. With a private cloud, businesses will need to invest in an on-premise data center and internal IT personnel or have a specialized private cloud provider. Private cloud services are the most secure, and the financial investment required can be quite substantial. Normally, Fortune 500 companies, banks, and entities that handle sensitive consumer data will have a private cloud. The private entity will operate and manage the private cloud through its firewall. In all aspects, the organization will have a data center on-premises. By having a private cloud, an organization would have more control over data accessibility and data security. IT staff will have the ability to develop an agile infrastructure that correlates to the needs of the business while reducing costs.
  • 3. The Hybrid Cloud- In some cases, an organizational entity would like a hybrid cloud. Users will be able to access public and private data processing through one managed system. The hybrid cloud workload security option is very secure. Businesses can keep data and internal apps private while still having access to the public cloud, and the cost of these services will be moderate. Businesses will make some investments in on-premise resources while paying for off-premise resources through the pay-as-you-use model. As per our recent analysis, nearly 71 percent of the respondents reported that they use a hybrid cloud.
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Best Strategies Adopted by Businesses to

Avoid Any Issues During Cloud Migration

  • Develop a Cloud Migration Strategy- The businesses have to first develop a strategy in the cloud migration process. The cloud migration strategy is divided into phases in order to avoid disruption.
  • Evolving a Governance Structure- The governance framework needs to be followed by the organization that is moving to the cloud. The framework is developed by taking into view the organization’s roles, structures, responsibilities, and decision-making process.
  • Maximize the Cloud Network- The business processes are taken to the public cloud with the help of cloud migration. Therefore, there is a need proper internet connection and other tools for the maximum utilization of the cloud network.
  • Improve the Team on Cloud Migration- The team members should be properly trained in order to avoid challenges that businesses face during cloud migration.
  • Confirming Software Licensing- The licensing rules should be followed in relation to cloud computing services.
  • Execute Automation- The repeated processes are automated in order to reduce the risk of downtime. It will increase the speed of the cloud, and reduce the risk of disruption.
  • Observe the Utilization of Cloud Services- The cloud service needs to be monitored after a regular interval of time.
  • Imposing Cloud Service Provider Maintenance- The AWS cloud migration strategy execution without any distributions can be immense. Thus, organizations can opt for cloud service providers in order to tackle their all in-house problems.

Cloud Migration Market Analysis

The global cloud migration market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of ~28% by 2035. Moreover, in the year 2022, the market registered a revenue of approximately USD 10 billion.

Latest Developments in the Cloud Migration Industry:
  • 20 April 2022: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) collaborated with VMware to deliver Oracle Cloud VMware Solutions. To provide a more cost-effective path to the public cloud, Oracle Corporation released three new E4 Dense Compute shapes for Oracle Cloud VMware Solution with AMD EPYC processors available in 32-, 64-, and 128-core configurations.
  • 23 March 2022: Cisco Systems, Inc. announced new cloud hardware, software, and operating model to speed up the organization’s hybrid cloud adoption.

Conclusions

To summarize, cloud migration is essential as firms strive to become more efficient- and- nimble in their processes. However, developing an AWS cloud migration strategy and working throughout the cloud migration processes necessitates the correct talents and tools.

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