Cloud migration process

Running your applications in the public cloud has several cost and effort benefits. Many organizations are planning and preparing to move their applications to the cloud to reduce the capital expenses, and the support and administrative costs. Moving into cloud computing requires a lot of planning because you need to determine what it costs to run the same servers in the public cloud before you can finalize the move. Also, after the move, you need to continually focus on how to optimize your cloud-based application in order to increase cost savings.

With TrueSight Cloud Cost Control, you can review and analyze the cost of your current infrastructure and simulate the migration of servers to the public cloud to evaluate the resulting cost.

Reference information

BMC Blog: 3 Essential Steps for Migrating to AWS or Azure Public Cloud

Here are the key steps for migrating your servers and applications to the public cloud:

  1. Take inventory
  2. Evaluate applications
  3. Analyze cost

The following table provides a brief explanation of each step:

StepSummary

1. Take inventory

Assess your existing applications, the on-premises infrastructure resources that support them, and the workload interdependencies. Take an inventory of the infrastructure that includes details about the servers, software, network devices, and storage.

2. Evaluate applications

Assess the opportunity to migrate. Analyze the benefits of migrating to the cloud and determine which part of your IT portfolio do you want to migrate. You need to evaluate whether it is beneficial to migrate your architecture, your business service, your machines, or your applications to the cloud. Then, prepare the migration plan.

3. Analyze cost

Perform a preliminary assessment of the cost difference for running the applications on-premises and vs. in the cloud.

With TrueSight Cloud Cost Control, you can easily review and analyze the costs of your current infrastructure. You can review the currently used servers and business services to decide which can be migrated. For example, you might want to select the most expensive business service that is using servers hosted in your on-premises infrastructure. For more information, see Analyzing and forecasting multi-cloud costs.

Also, TrueSight Cloud Cost Control enables you to simulate the migration of your servers or applications (business services) to the cloud, and review and evaluate the migration cost. You can use the cost estimates to make an informed decision about moving to the cloud. 

You can also view details of the instances that you can provision on the cloud post migration. For example, you can simulate migration of a subset of servers that are currently hosted in your on-premises data center to the public cloud and review the cost difference to evaluate whether they are the right candidates for migration.

For more information, see Estimating the cost of migrating servers to the public cloud.

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