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Cloud Transition Journey - 7 Commandments for Success

By Sampada Gupta, Marketing Manager, Europe

Cloud Strategy is one of the critical elements of an organization's IT Strategy. However, the Cloud migration journey can be a challenging task.  The challenges may come from the convincing management, technical requirements, cost, disruption in business operations or local regulations compliance etc.

Although there are challenges in migrating IT infrastructure to the cloud, there are still benefits such as cost saving, flexibility, accelerating digital transformation, appropriate data processing according to the laws such as GDPR, Russian Federal Law on Personal Data (No. 152-FZ) or China’s Cybersecurity law.

In the past, we have seen many CIOs saying, “We see the cloud as an opportunity, however, we still don’t have a cloud-specific strategy.” Now, with the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Cloud adoption has been accelerated and CIOs are compelled for Cloud adoption.

CIOs are now focusing on resilience, scalability and flexibility of IT infrastructure. IT Solution architects are now looking for more structural solutions while ensuring the number of technical debt is reduced during the Cloud adoption.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the pandemic has made businesses more dependent on cloud computing than ever—and companies are now racing to rein in the soaring costs. For instance, the spending on Cloud at Audi Business Innovation GmbH, a unit of Volkswagen AG-owned car maker Audi, has jumped 12% between March and April 2020. Their employees used remote computing power and software tools to work from home during the outbreak.

One of the largest multinational banking and financial services companies in Benelux said that they have experienced the acceleration in the digital business transformation way faster in last 5 months compared to the last 5 years, and are moving to Cloud completely.

At CITIC Telecom CPC, we have experience across various industries in different regions. We can say that for a successful Cloud Migration Journey, there are seven fundamental commandments which may help you for your Cloud initiatives.

1.      Legacy IT Systems

Most large enterprises have various applications and IT infrastructure. All these applications may be in different lifecycle stages, and their feasibility, integration and data format may also differ. Thus, the options of migrating to Cloud has become challenging.

Some CIOs revealed that Cloud migration is their biggest concern as they are not sure how to integrate the old platform into a public cloud. Mostly it is challenging, and the road is not so smooth during the migration of legacy systems to a sophisticated Cloud environment. Some systems may not be migrated completely. The acceptable end state is usually a mix between retiring, replacing, re-platforming, and refactoring applications.

The responsibility lies with the Enterprise Architects as they play an important role in designing and strictly defining end-state architectural blueprints to enable enterprises to set appropriate priorities and make the right choices for each IT team involved in the cloud transition. By tailoring a migration plan, the challenges posed by legacy IT systems can be resolved.

2.      Cloud – Only, Not another Data Center

For any IT program to be successful, the design principles are always fundamental. Cloud migration is no exception. For any new application creation, the Cloud should be a standard. Cloud design utilizes new technologies (Scalable, Artificial intelligence, Pre-integration, etc.) to help enterprises stay ahead.

Migration to Cloud should be an extremely different approach in comparison to traditional in-house or outsourcing approach. The difficulty arises when enterprises start dealing with Cloud as another data center. Typically, enterprises face such hurdles during the large-scale Cloud deployments.

Enterprises need to adapt their operating models according to Cloud Management standards, which actually help on the effective IT processes, cost management and compliance. Enterprises must orient their teams for Cloud adoption and take it as a new way of working.

3.      There are No Shortcuts in Cloud Security

With Cloud adoption, the connectivity increases, and therefore, the Information security challenges also increase. In the past, information security threats were considered as one of the barriers for Cloud Migration. Today, the public clouds are as secure as private clouds. Having said that, the security for Cloud requires significant attention and effective approach.

Multinational enterprises usually have multi-cloud operations with speedy releases of services. For every release, there is an interface that should be secured. To deal with the potential security threats, the correct approach is to set up a robust cloud governance from the beginning of Cloud Transition Journey.

4.      Data is Important

Previously, data was an outcome of automation tools in different formats. Now, data is extremely valuable as Cloud helps to structure, manage, derive or extract information. For enterprises, data-based analysis is the key to success. Hence, business technology framework must treat data as an important component in the core architecture and build a cloud journey accordingly.

5.     Services Based Architecture

To cater business users’ changing needs, it’s important that the Cloud-based applications must be created in structured way in blocks so that they can be optimized, updated and assembled rapidly. As a result, the structured approach leads to more flexible, scalable and innovative applications.

6.      Simple for Better ROI

Cloud migration can be complex as cloud practices are getting quite mature. The best way to get the better return on investment is to plan and structure the migration into smaller phases. Planning for the end stage will also help.

7.      Engagement and Conversion

Any new initiative during the initial phase is challenging, and Cloud transition is also the same. An enterprise needs orientation, engagement and convergence. Management must share their visions for the ultimate goal throughout the organization. Employee engagement and orientation will help early and swift adoption.

CITIC Telecom CPC’s SmartCLOUD™ Compute, a revolutionary virtual private cloud solution that goes beyond ordinary offerings to deliver best-in-class high performance and high availability with unprecedented value and management ease. With five major resource factors at your instant disposal (virtual memory, storage, CPU, network and a physical port), SmartCLOUD™ Compute can dynamically boost business efficiency, competitiveness and agility. Now you can securely scale out without barriers.

If you are ready to embark on your Cloud Computing journey, or already on it and looking for a reliable partner, please click here to contact us. We help enterprises for Cloud migration in digital transformation journey. With our extensive experience in various business verticals across the globe, we know the technological challenges, regulatory compliance requirements in various regions and more. If you are looking for Cloud Computing Services in challenging business markets such as Russia and China, please click here.

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