This article was contributed by Bilal Sajjad for JFrog.

The process of moving data, apps, and several other aspects of a company’s operations into a cloud computing environment is referred to as “cloud migration.” Migrations to the cloud may take many different forms for an organization.

One popular model for cloud migration involves transferring data and applications from an on-premises data center to a cloud platform. However, a cloud migration may also entail moving data and applications across cloud platforms or providers. The second possibility is referred to as migration from one cloud platform to another. Another kind of movement is called reverse cloud migration, which is also often called cloud repatriation.

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Transferring data or apps from one cloud platform to another is what this entails. However, moving to the cloud may not be the best option for everyone. Environments hosted on the cloud have the potential to be scalable, dependable, and highly available. Nevertheless, they are not the only aspects that will play a role in determining your choice.

The Main Benefits

The move to the cloud offers three primary benefits that may contribute to your organization in various ways, irrespective of the kind of business you run.

Costs

There are certain businesses that may not be in a position to benefit economically from adopting cloud computing at this time. Are you unable to remove data from the premises because of worries about complying with regulations? Is it conceivable that you are not yet ready to assign a newly updated app a higher priority even if it has just been updated? Given the current state of affairs, you should make a mental note to do more research on cloud computing at a later date. You shouldn’t do anything that your firm wouldn’t benefit from in any way if you can help it.

Performance

Moving some corporate operations to the cloud may provide such companies the ability to enhance their clients’ performance as well as their overall user experience. If their website or app is hosted in the cloud instead of on a number of servers on their own property, data won’t have to travel as far to get to customers, which will cut down on latency.

Flexibility

Users, whether they are staff or consumers, have access to the cloud services and data they need regardless of where they are located. This makes it much simpler for a company to grow into new regions, supply their products and services to customers in other countries, and provide their staff with more flexibility in their work schedules.

Cloud Migration Strategies

When it comes to the most effective cloud migration practices for your company, we have outlined all of the available strategies in depth.

Rehosting 

As the name suggests, this entails taking your stack that is now hosted on-premises and moving it to a hosting environment in the cloud. To maximize your return on investment as quickly as possible, you move an identical clone of your existing environment without making any significant modifications. Companies that have a culture of conservatism or that do not have a long-term plan to make use of the advanced capabilities of the cloud are good candidates for rehosting.

Replatforming

A variant of the lift and shift technique, replatforming entails making a few more alterations to your landscape in order to make it more suitable for use in the cloud. One more time, the fundamental architecture of apps does not change. Conservative companies that want to build trust in the cloud while still getting benefits like better system performance could use this technique, which is also a smart move.

Refactoring

Refactoring, also known as rearchitecting, is the process of recreating your applications from the ground up. This is often caused by a requirement in the company to exploit cloud features that are not accessible in the environment in which you are currently operating, including cloud auto-scaling or serverless computing. In most cases, refactoring will be the most costly choice, but it will also be the one that is most consistent with future releases.

 Retiring

After you have evaluated your application portfolio to determine whether or not it is ready for the cloud, you may realise that some programmes are no longer necessary. In this scenario, all you need to do is turn them off. Because of this, the savings that are made may add to the business case for migrating applications that are already ready to go.

Retaining

Adopting cloud computing may not make economic sense for certain companies just now. Because of compliance concerns, are you unable to remove data from the premises? Is it possible that you are not yet prepared to give a freshly updated app a higher priority? Make a note to review cloud computing at a later time, given the circumstances. You shouldn’t relocate anything that doesn’t make sense for your company.

About the author

Bilal Sajjad is a full-time writer who loves to write about New Technology, and gadgets and is good at writing about innovation as well.

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