Check Out Our Public Cloud Migration Cheat Sheet

Moving to public cloud includes a host of tasks, from planning through optimization, to truly realize the agility and cost savings benefits that come with running in a cloud environment.

Unlike an internal IT project, you’ll have to work closely with your cloud provider to ensure a successful move. Regardless of how many migration projects you’ve participated in, each migration should be approached with fresh eyes. And while no two migration paths are the same, the following are some high-level considerations you should always integrate into your public cloud migration plans:

  • Set big goals for the project by launching with mission critical, high visibility applications.
  • Take the time to thoroughly vet your cloud options to make sure you’re matching workloads to the appropriate platform.
  • Don’t rush the planning phase. The effort expended in planning pays off in a smooth transition.
  • Plan for post-migration housekeeping activities like testing and decommissioning resources.
  • Understand your role and responsibilities in the migration process — because there’s no such thing as a 100 percent lift-and-shift move.

View the infographic below for ways to incorporate these ideas along your public cloud migration path.

Jerry Hargrove is a Senior Solutions Architect on the Fanatical Support for AWS team at Rackspace. He works with Rackspace customers, helping them architect and implement super scalable and highly available solutions in the AWS cloud. Prior to joining Rackspace, Jerry worked as a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services and as a software architect and developer. Jerry brings more than 20 years of software architecture and development experience to the Rackspace team and has worked in a broad cross-section of the software industry in a variety of settings. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid hiker, climber and back-country skier.

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