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Cloud migration plan: Alignment of Services

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Description

Cloud Migration services from your on-premise environment can sometimes be very simple and other times an extremely complicated project to implement. For either scenario there are always considerations to bear in mind when doing so. This course has been designed to highlight these topics to help you ask the right questions to aid in a successful Cloud migration.

Within this course we look at how timing plays an important part of your projects success and why phased deployments are important.

Security is also examined where we focus on a number of key questions that you should have answers to from a business perspective before your Cloud migration.

One of the biggest decisions is your chosen public cloud vendor, how do you make the decision between the available vendors, what should you look for when selecting you will host your architecture, this course dives into this question to help you finalize your choice.

Understanding the correct deployment model is essential, it affects how you architect your environment and each provides different benefits, so gaining the knowledge. I look at how you can break this question down to help you with your design considerations.

We also cover service readiness from your on-premise environment and how to align these to the relevant Cloud services.

Your design will certainly be different from your on-premise solution, I discuss the best approach when you start to think about your solution design, some of the do’s and some of the don’ts.

Once you have your design, it’s important to understand how you are actually going to migrate your services ensuring optimum availability and minimal interruption to your customer base, for example looking at Blue/Green and Canary deployments.

Cloud migration allows for some great advantages within your business continuity plans, as a result, I have included a lecture to discuss various models that work great within the Cloud.

Course Objectives

By completing this course you will:

Have a greater visibility of some of the key points of a Cloud Migration
Be able to confidently assess the requirements for your migration

This course has been designed for the following audience

Business Management
Business Strategy
Technical Management
Technical Operations

Pre-requisites

For this course it's assumed that you have a working knowledge of Cloud Computing and Cloud principles

This course includes

• Over 59 minutes of high-definition video

• 13 lectures

 

What You Will Learn about Cloud Migration

Introduction - This provides an introduction to the trainer and covers the intended audience. We will also look at what lectures are included in the course, and what you will gain as a student from attending the course.

Time Management – How time plays an important part of a successful cloud migration. We discuss the key points to allow time for and how to use it to plan a phased migration

Security – This lecture will give you the ability to ask the key security questions to the business before performing a migration to the Cloud.

Selecting a Vendor – Here you will learn how to define the best way to assess which vendor would be a good fit for your migration based on a number of considerations

Selecting a Cloud Deployment Model – This discusses different Cloud deployment models where you will understand the differences between them before gaining insight to the questions you should be asking before making a decision as to which to select

Are your services ready to move to the Cloud? – This lecture will help provide you with the ability to identify if your on-premise applications and services are ready to migrate to the Cloud. There are a number of issues that could arise which we dive into

Alignment of Services – Here we learn how to categorize your current services and how to map them across to the Cloud service

New Design – This lecture discusses the importance of not performing a ‘lift and shift’ from on-premise into the Cloud. We look at how this design should be addressed using high availability and other Cloud characteristics

Migration and Deployment options – Here you will learn the differences between the different deployment methods that could be used and how to tackle the questions around migrating your data into the Cloud to start with

Optimization and Cost Management – Here we look at some of the considerations around optimization of your costs and how you can achieve greater efficiency

Business Continuity – The Cloud offers a number of different DR methods which are discussed here and you will be able to define the differences between these and when to you one method over the other

Proof of Concept – In this lecture you will learn the importance of implementing a proof of concept design before your production migration

Summary - Lastly, we will take note of some of the important factors learnt from the previous lectures.

If you have thoughts or suggestions for this course, please contact Cloud Academy at support@cloudacademy.com.

Transcript

Hello, and welcome to this lecture on service alignment.

You will now have an understanding of the services that you wish to migrate to the cloud. However, understanding what services to utilize to achieve that migration is key to your success. You may have a cloud architect who specializes in the vendor of your choice, if you're using a public cloud deployment model, who would be able to architect a lot of this for you. However, it's good to know a few points when performing this alignment.

It's best to categorize your services that you're moving to the cloud, and break them down into their core infrastructure components. For example, you may be moving your website to the cloud, and this may currently include the following high level elements of design: DNS, load balancers, web servers, application servers, databases, storage, caching, and monitoring.

Now you have identified the basic architecture needs of your current design, you have some idea as to the different services you will need from the cloud. You can now use this information to help drill down into your chosen cloud vendor, to identify exactly which service you could use. As an example, if we had decided to use AWS, then we could map out this list of infrastructure to the following AWS services.

Now as we know, the cloud can offer far more than just the light float towards your infrastructure, so your architects can then build on top of this list to start introducing some real flexibility and benefits of cloud computing. Some of those examples are shown on the screen here.

It's important to ensure you break your current solutions down by infrastructure, and then map that across to your chosen vendor's available services. Once you have identified these, you can then introduce additional cloud benefits and services, that your chosen vendor offers.

That brings us to the end of this lecture. Coming up next, we look at some of the benefits of implementing a new design.

About the Author

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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data centre and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 50+ courses relating to Cloud, most within the AWS category with a heavy focus on security and compliance

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.