Migrating to the cloud for an organisation that has been running workloads in an on premise environment for years can be intimidating. To ensure a successful move, a cloud migration plan needs to incorporate many different aspects relating to people, process and technology. If you are designing the migration, you need guidance and best practices to help steer you through this process and this is where a GCP Partner can help.
Building on our Google Certified Professional engineers experience, delivering Google cloud migrations with a combined 50+ years experience in the team, Go Reply are well positioned to use our Google aligned best practices, proven processes and project assets to work jointly with your team to enable a successful migration.
Go Reply offer a foundational understanding about Google Cloud, your environment, and different approaches you can use to migrate your applications. Working as an extension of your cloud stakeholder group we can guide you through these topics to ensure you are properly prepared for a successful migration.
Understand the difference between Google Cloud and your current environment
Identify the type of workloads that need to be migrated
Determine your organisation's maturity levels for cloud technologies
Familiarise yourself with the different types of migration approaches and their tradeoffs
As a Google selected preferred premier partner we follow Google's best practice which is a four-phase process: Assess, Plan, Deploy and Optimize. Go Reply will work with you to design an appropriate plan of these phases.
This phase takes an inventory overview of the workloads that are migration candidates and their respective dependencies. The main items of consideration here are hardware and performance requirements, users, licensing, compliance needs and workload dependencies. Go Reply can map this information into an app catalog that summarizes the information across some questions—for example: How critical the workload is to the business. The app catalog will provide you with a high-level view of the amount of effort to migrate all your different workloads.
Go Reply can guide you through automated tools such as StratoZone that can scan your existing workloads and provide you with information based on the data gathered. StratoZone not only helps with discovery but can also help you map your instances to matching Google Compute Engine instances.
The next phase is to plan the foundational pieces of the new cloud environment, which consist of the following main elements. Our team of Google Cloud Professional architects will guide you through these topics, discussing your existing infrastructure and operational requirements and interpreting these into a technical design document (TDD) which contains the plans for your GCP cloud foundations build plan.
Once the foundation for your migration is in place, the next step is to determine the best approach to deploy your workloads to your cloud environment. You don’t need to take the same approach for all your workloads, however, the more standardized the process is, the more opportunity for cross-team learning and improvement of the deployment process.
Once a basic deployment of your workloads is running and tested in your new Google Cloud environment, you can start to improve on this foundation. This includes critical pieces that should be completed before cutting over live traffic, for example training your team on new cloud operational playbooks as well as ensuring that logging, monitoring and alerting for these workloads are in place.
Other aspects that you can optimize once the workload is serving production traffic include:
• Cost optimization with autoscaling
• Moving to managed workloads to reduce operational overhead
• Automating the deployment process
Google Cloud allows you to run your apps wherever you need them, make smarter decisions with the leading data platform, run on the cleanest cloud in the industry and operate confidently with advanced security tools. So, if you're looking to save money, increase efficiency and transform how you collaborate, then please get in touch with a member of the Go Reply team today.