Figure 82: Developing a Crawl-Walk-Run Cloud Migration Strategy

Figure 82: Developing a Crawl-Walk-Run Cloud Migration Strategy

Figure 82 in my book, “The Great Cloud Migration”, depicts the execution strategy for your Cloud Migration Strategy.
* The Crawl Phase or “Scouts” phase – “In this phase, your primary goal is to initiate a set of pilots (at least three of them) to help you resolve key unknowns.”
* The Walk Phase or “Vanguard” phase – “at this phase, and armed with the information gathered from your scouts, you are ready to pick up the pace. The key strategic purpose of the Vanguard element of the force is to move fast and seize key terrain and then have the skills and firepower to hold that terrain until the main force can arrive.”
* The Run phase or “Main Army” phase – “the entire organization is now ready for the architectural transformation to this new level of robust, scalable and agile computing”.

Three-way Cloud Horse Race shifts to PaaS

The Cloud wars are shaping up to be a 3-way horse race between Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and Microsoft.  As I elaborated in previous blog posts, the IaaS price war has been raging over this last year and will continue.  Now we seed the combat arena shifting to PaaS where Google just announced Google Cloud DNS which competes directly with Amazon’s Route 53 DNS offering.  Expect all three vendors to go toe-to-toe on PaaS features.  Let the cloud wars continue!

The Cloud Application Migration Lifecycle

The Cloud Application Migration Lifecycle

The Cloud Application Migration Lifecycle is a set of stages in a process, similar to the software development lifecycle, for the migration of legacy applications to the cloud. The requirements phase is replaced by the assessment phase and the traditional development (or coding) phase is replaced by the migration phase. The assessment phase is where you assess the complexity and readiness of your current applications for migration to a cloud environment. I go through everyone of these phases in detail in the Great Cloud Migration.