Think strategy: Lift and shift is an approach, one among many, for migrating your apps to the cloud. It means moving an application and its associated data to a cloud platform—without redesigning the app.
There’s no one-size-fits-all transition for moving an application from your on-premises data center to the cloud. But there are acknowledged core migration paths; many consider lift and shift (AKA rehosting) one of them. It’s a way for companies to protect their investments in business workflow, logic, and data trapped in on-premises hardware.
The lift-and-shift approach opens paths to IT modernization by moving to an open and more extensible architecture in the cloud. Companies consider lift and shift for solid business reasons, including reduced costs and improved performance and resiliency.
However, one enterprise strategist offers 4 reasons to re-consider lift and shift to the cloud. He contends that applications perform and evolve relative to their environments; and that the cloud provides superior size and diversity of services versus on-premises data centers.
To avoid sticker shock, companies need a cost-allocation strategy, as well as clear-cut roles within the organization to monitor cloud spending. This will likely require additional tools.
Lift-and-shift applications can deliver:
Once you’ve committed to cloud migration, the options can be bewildering: IaaS? PaaS? SaaS? Gartner identified five highways to the cloud; here’s a look at each.
Bottom line: Consider the larger picture; which cloud platform and migration technique will best optimize the application to drive your business and IT goals?
Guidance for cloud strategy and cloud-computing policies will vary for each of the possible routes to the cloud. For example, are you:
Ask what your organization may look like down the road (i.e., as a digital business). Will the business process your app supports now still be required (or still performed internally) by then? For a given process, the decision tree might look like this:
Ask the right questions to set your cloud compass in a direction that delivers real business value.
Many companies are delaying migration of their file-based workloads to the cloud over concerns that they’ll lose some of the capabilities they enjoy on premises. NetApp® Cloud Volumes removes these concerns. By design, it delivers extreme performance and advanced data management capabilities to satisfy even your most demanding applications in the cloud.
Cloud Volumes addresses many of the cloud-migration challenges you face with:
Cloud Volumes promises sub-2ms latency, making it ideal for data center applications running in the cloud. Performance tiers will be available to allow for flexible cost/performance tradeoffs.