Prevent Costly Mistakes with a Cloud Migration Partner


 | March 31, 2023

The concept of “failing forward” is somewhat overrated, especially when it comes to expensive business endeavors like cloud computing.

The right cloud migration partner enables you to avoid costly mistakes by helping you set the best technical foundation for your business. This article covers the basics of cloud migration and what to look for in a partner. 

Interested in discovering what cloud managed services best align with your unique business requirements? Contact us to schedule a call to go over your options.  

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Failure is overrated — especially when it comes to making critical business decisions. 

Have you heard of the concept of “failing forward”?
The idea goes something like this: we make choices in business, relationships, and personal development - and sometimes we fail. We learn from those mistakes, grow, and get smarter in the process.
This can be useful for some personal endeavors - like physical fitness, social situations, or hobbies. But when it comes to investing in technology, failing really shouldn’t be an option. 
We have businesses, teams, and customers that depend on the decisions we make. And I don’t know about you, but I can only handle so many “fails” in life before they start to grate on my self-esteem.

Engaging the services of successful professionals is a better option. 

Hiring an expert puts you on the fast track to success. When you partner with professionals, you leverage their experience - including lessons from their mistakes - to make the right choices for your business.

Working with an experienced cloud modernization expert is especially critical for digital transformation. As the speed of technology continues to increase, errors in your strategy can result in much more than stalled business progress. 

The wrong strategy can actually move your business backward. In some cases, infrastructure issues can sidetrack teams into continuously troubleshooting problems that could have been avoided. Besides diverting their focus from application development, this potentially reduces your business's competitive edge. 

The right cloud migration partner helps you make the most effective strategic decisions. 

A cloud migration partner has extensive experience with vendor services like AWS and Google Cloud Platform, and platforms like Heroku. 

Look for a partner with industry-leading qualifications, such as the Select Partner Tier on AWS. Besides demonstrating competence, these credentials often indicate that the firm is qualified to develop a strategy customized to your application requirements.

There are many types of cloud migration strategies — making the right choice can be a challenge.

There’s no standard approach to cloud migration. Since every business is unique, the choice of strategy can be challenging due to many factors.

The six most common cloud migration strategies used today include: 

  1. Rehosting - a “lift and shift” of your existing tech stack from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud. This is the most straightforward migration strategy, however it doesn't unlock the full potential of the cloud.

  2. Replatforming - a level up from rehosting with a few extra steps to optimize your cloud-based infrastructure. 

  3. Repurchasing - an approach that involves moving your digital assets and applications to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform.

  4. Retiring - an approach that analyzes all your applications and identifies which ones are unsuitable for the cloud environment. By shutting down these processes, some businesses are able to allocate resources to other applications suitable for the cloud computing environment. 

  5. Retaining - a strategy that results in the decision not to migrate applications due to compliance or feasibility reasons.

  6. Refactoring/Rearchitecting - a strategy that rebuilds your applications to leverage the unique computing capabilities of the cloud. This could involve moving your infrastructure to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider such as AWS, using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) options like Heroku, or container orchestration engines like Kubernetes.

DIY cloud migration has its downsides.

Some businesses choose a DIY approach incorporating one or more of these strategies. While the negative consequences of this approach may not materialize right away, it could lead to higher costs and reduced productivity in the long term.

Working with an expert is an entirely different migration experience. A qualified partner analyzes your business with precision detail to formulate an optimized strategy that maximizes the benefits of the cloud. Further, a migration services expert has experience with most market-leading platforms, like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Heroku, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and Digital Ocean. 

Engaging the services of an expert gives you access to valuable insights specific to dozens of cloud computing options available on the market today. While the upfront investment may be high initially, most businesses realize a verifiable return on their investment in the long term.

Benefits of Working with Moonswitch

The experts at Moonswitch have executed cloud transformations for a range of businesses, adapting our strategy to their unique needs, team strengths, and capabilities. Decades of expertise ensure a successful and smooth migration while avoiding common pitfalls and challenges that arise during the process.

Whatever issues come up along the way, you won’t be alone. As your cloud migration partner, you’ll have a skilled ally to navigate the intricacies of cloud providers. In addition, we’ll execute our strategy using best practices to ensure optimal performance, cost-effectiveness, and scalability in the long term.

Security is one of our top priorities. 

In today’s connected world, cybersecurity is crucial for businesses to ensure their portfolio of tools and technologies are adequately protected against cyber threats. Our engineers are experienced in tackling a variety of security requirements and will ensure your migration is orchestrated securely.

The Moonswitch Approach to Cloud Migration

Our comprehensive approach to strategic cloud migration includes the following components:

Assessment: Our migration consulting process starts by evaluating your current capabilities and identifying issues with your existing infrastructure. Factors included in our assessment include scalability, automation, security,  and the adaptability of your infrastructure and applications to the cloud. 

Development: After identifying your needs, we create a cloud architecture that meets your requirements and aligns with your business objectives. 

Deployment and Testing: We deploy the cloud environment and subject your infrastructure to tests that ensure applications function according to expectations. These tests cover a range of areas, including functional validation, performance, and integration.

Don’t fail. Make the right cloud migration choices and scale. 

Choosing the right cloud migration partner gives your team the freedom to focus on initiatives that add real value to your business. 

Avoid costly mistakes, exhausting deadlines, and substandard outcomes by leveraging the expertise of our cloud migration team. Contact us to schedule a complimentary call to review your requirements and assess your options.

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