Cloud Migration Mistakes Perfected

They’re easy to make, even for IT professionals

As concerns over cloud security fade, they’ve been replaced by a new fear: the pain of migration. Failed migrations are forcing businesses to second-guess moving to the cloud. But the ability to migrate to new platforms is essential for businesses seeking agility in competitive markets. Here are five common Cloud Migration mistakes you should avoid to ensure successful, non-disruptive migration from any source to any target.

Migration Cost

It’s easy to focus too much on the price tag of a new platform and neglect the operational cost of deployment. IT managers need to be diligent in considering the cost of diverting resources for migration. Scrutinize marketing claims. Migrating to a new platform using free migration tools is not as easy as cloud providers make it sound. FlipServe's Platform with 30+ years of migration expertise helps customers seamlessly migrate to Public Cloud (Azure, AWS & GCP).  In fact, customers that migrate with FlipServe avoid much higher costs and resource utilization compared with purpose-built AI Enabled tools for migrating data.

Cloud Migration

Free tools, by definition, will inject downtime and data loss into the Cloud Migration process. During the initial snap shotting phase, users cannot access the server. And the server will be offline again during fail over. FlipServe uses proprietary technologies to transfer data without disrupting business and a seamless failover with minimal downtime.  This helps customer with high performance systems, including online purchasing or banking, who must migrate with no downtime and absolutely no data loss.

Lack of testing

Many businesses fail to fully test out the target server before the actual cut over. Database managers will often perform online research centering on keywords for migrating from an earlier software version to a later one. They may even discover that theirs is a common use case. So, there should be nothing to worry about. In truth, while online research and peer reviews are helpful, they don’t take the place of a real world test. Remember, any amount of software customization can interrupt what would normally be a routine migration.

The FlipServe platform will provide the option to test target system with network fencing once after initial data replication is completed to ensure data integrity and business testing before the final cutover is initiated. Once testing is completed the data sync is reestabilished to catchup with the delta changes and you can do the Final failover.

Missed dependencies

Today’s IT systems have more dependencies than ever. It might not be realistic to expect any one person to be able to identify all of them. Even system architects can fail to grasp the complexity of the relationships between different enterprise components. Affinity mapping involves discovering all workloads and applications, and the complex relations between them. If front-end and back-end servers can’t talk to each other like they used to, additional time and resources are necessary.

The FlipServe platform provides group consistency which can provide test failover with PIT (Point in Time) copies to enable dependency testing between applications. Also by enabling firewall rules and only certain port opening, customers can test with external systems to ensure all communications are working before Failover.

No contingency planning

What happens if you have a server farm and part that doesn’t migrate? What do you do? Don’t walk into a migration project relying on only one outcome. Even if everything works great during the first five minutes, an hour later, you may have unknown issues on the platform. And now you can’t stay there, even though you’ve already migrated and already have users on the system before you discovered the flaw. You need a plan for getting back to the original source without losing the updated data.

With FlipServe platform no data will be left behind since they are all under one consistency group before failover. More over testing while Production is live can take place to ensure all business functionalities and connectivity works. When Failover takes place and any performance related issues occurs, with a single click users can Failback to continue with their old environment or landscape.

Unrealistic expectations

Prior to a migration project, there’s one thing users will want to know: How long will it be before everything is fully functional? Users will require high service levels for tier 1 data and applications. IT decision makers need to manage expectations for each application or database in their ecosystem. One significant factor in this equation is your infrastructure and whether you have the bandwidth to satisfy service level agreements. Once you’re clear on capabilities, you can prioritize workloads and applications for migration based on the needs of the business and users.

With today technological advances FlipServe meets and exceeds those unrealistic expectations of both SLA's and KPI's.  FlipServe also helps customers not only execute complex migration to Public Cloud but also puts their disaster recovery in place with cloud provider's regional DR or in other public cloud (multi cloud provider strategy). when customers go live.