Despite it being the ‘laze-towards-weekend’ Friday, Sally and her team were hustling for an emergency meeting called by the CTO of the company. The past night events of yet another server breakdown had put the lid on the crumbling IT infrastructure, and it was not something unexpected.
Sally’s company was relatively new in the e-retail space – but their niche product category had attracted customers worldwide, who had doubled in the last quarter. The explosive growth was not sufficiently supported by their on-prem infrastructure. Despite the latest expensive upgrades, the servers always buckled under pressure, during peak season- Imagine an influx of spectators in the present-day Colosseum – It would collapse in no time, won’t it?
So, they needed to act quick – to migrate to a robust, scalable, fast-computing cloud architecture. Having done her homework on the cloud computing platforms, Sally had found Microsoft Azure to be the best choice for her company in terms of:
While Sally had researched extensively about Azure cloud migration strategies, what she was particularly looking for, were guidelines and checkpoints before creating a roadmap for the migration- a list of best practices that would help override the common complexities during the migration process. On consultation with Azure experts from her peer network, she had drilled out some of the best practices going beyond cloud-native tools, and compiled them as a checklist:
Best Practices for business-driven scope expansion
In the case of a business-driven scope expansion, where the ambit of business operations spans across different geographies with unique data requirements, the migration should factor in:
Best Practices for technology-driven scope expansion
Adopting the best practices for Azure migration accelerates the process, overriding the most common roadblocks, while helping to streamline and optimize, both technical and non-technical processes of the business. Therefrom, the journey to cloud migration entails different phases, scenarios, business cases with many milestones to lead. How does the whole migration process pan out for your business?
Let us get back to Sally’s Friday hustle, with which we started this piece. The decisive outcome of her meeting with the CTO to go ahead with Azure platform, put her IT team on a comprehensive project planning track – the starting point being choosing the right technology partner for the migration, with in-depth industry expertise and experience to customize the capabilities of Azure cloud as per their business requirements.
Sally’s company not only successfully migrated to the cloud in about 6 months’ time but also got to leverage the technology collaboration with a Microsoft-certified partner, with value-additions.
Now, server downtime is no longer a rider on peak seasons, neither is business expansion nor security – Sally has not, a “worry in the cloud” about it!