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Cloud Migration

The Cloud is Essential for Every Business Today.

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Choosing the right migration strategy is key to optimizing the many benefits of the cloud. The right approach accelerates innovation, boosts efficiency, and helps build competitive advantage.

If would like to explore how the cloud can help better meet your business’s existing needs and prepare the path for a profitable, secure future, Messina Group can help you design the right plan for your successful cloud migration.

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What are my Options?


Not all clouds are the same, and likewise, not all cloud computing solutions are the same. Finding the right-sized, right-fit cloud solution for your organization is challenging and depends on your workload and use cases. Organizations often choose a single cloud solution provider and migrate all their workloads, but the problem is, there isn’t a single cloud solution that is optimized for all applications and all use cases, and implementing the wrong solution often results in project delays and overruns. 

Organizations often choose a single cloud solution provider and migrate all their workloads. Yet there isn’t a single cloud solution that is optimized for all applications and use cases. But finding the right-sized, right-fit cloud solution is challenging, and implementing the wrong solution often results in project delays and overruns. 

Hybrid cloud is a customized blend of  a mixed environment of computing, storage, and services employing a combination of on-premises infrastructure, private, and public cloud services (such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure) with orchestration between the various platforms. Choosing the right blend of services is also a challenge, and the vast majority of companies lack the internal expertise to select the optimal blend of services on their own.

Messina Group helps you solve this. We can assess your use cases and workloads, then help you identify and implement the right cloud solution so you can save time, money, and avoid project delays.

Benefits of
Cloud Migration


At a basic level, the cloud’s strength lies in its elasticity.

Decreased Hosting Costs

With the cloud, there is no need to purchase physical servers. A third-party provider manages the cloud servers on your behalf, often with a subscription-based model that eliminates capital expenditure. 

Agility and scalability

Operational agility is a top driver for cloud adoption. Cloud-based services scale up and down automatically as your demand fluctuates.

Lack of Cloud Migration Strategy

Each strategy has its pros and cons. Whether it’s a “lift and shift” of existing infrastructure or total rebuild and replace you must have comprehensive strategy. You will need to decide whether you go with one cloud provider or opt for managing multiple cloud platforms. Multiple cloud platforms gives you a certain degree of freedom and flexibility, at higher complexity and cost. Today 80% of organizations are currently using both AWS and Azure to avoid common risks in cloud migration.

Knowledge Gap

Lack of experience in managing cloud platforms is one of the biggest contributors to mistakes made that cause companies frustration, performance problems and excess costs. There are many configuration options, services, products etc. Having an experienced partner to guide you on what to do, when to do it and why are keys to success migrating to the cloud environment.

Decreased Footprint

The scalability of the cloud allows you to purchase only the resources you need. That means you could potentially even reduce your pool of data centers to one, or even zero, and reduce your data’s impact on the environment.

Disaster Recovery

Managing your own disaster recovery center is expensive. The cloud helps organizations like yours implement backup and recovery quickly and easily, with less expense.

Data Loss

Before the migration, it is vital to make sure that all your data you are migrating is backed up. During migration, you may encounter issues such as corrupt, incomplete, or missing files. With a backup, you’ll be able to easily correct any errors by restoring the data in its original state.

Wasted Costs

The pricing models of cloud providers are flexible but often difficult to understand. Especially if you are a novice. Gartner estimates that as much as 70% of cloud costs are wasted, due to lack of experience and knowledge in managing cloud infrastructure. In cloud computing, you pay for compute, storage and data transfer. Each cloud vendor offers a range of different instance types, storage services, and transfer options depending on your use case, cost requirements, and performance expectations. Finding the best can be a challenge.

Security & Freedom

The cloud offers greater security than standard data centers. Regular security updates provide you more freedom from security threats, and more time to take care of your business.

Reduce Costs

Physical datacenters can be expensive, both in terms of financial cost and effort. Before you renew your next Datacenter contract, consider cloud migration, as it can provide immediate cost reductions, better performance, and simpler management.

Added Latency

Latency is one of the most underestimated risks in cloud migration. It can occur when you access applications, databases, and services in the cloud. If you have applications that require immediate responses, delay in a few seconds can be extremely frustrating. It can also impact your reputation.

Lack of Visibility and Control

Resource visibility in the public cloud can affects network and application performance. With on-premise data centers, you have full control over your resources. Switching to external cloud services, some of the responsibilities move to cloud providers, depending on type of service. As a result, the company lacks some visibility into public cloud workloads. Many companies state insufficient visibility as a key factor in application outages.

Improving Cash Flow

One of the most impactful advantages of the cloud is a more flexible operating model and the opportunity to eliminate upfront investments in physical infrastructure assets.

Physical datacenters can cause cash flow challenges. Moving to the cloud helps shift capital expenses (CAPEX) to operational expenses (OPEX), by eliminating physical datacenter costs for facilities and associated hardware and software. Only paying for resources you use can provide more cash flow flexibility for your organization.

Innovation Acceleration

With the significant reduction in operational responsibilities, companies are able to focus on product innovation and new capabilities for their customers.

Cloud services offer instant access to tremendous resources for almost any infrastructure need, as well as analytics and AI.

Security

Cloud maturity of most organizations is still low. As a result, they struggle to resolve security issues as they don’t have the skills. 92% of respondents say they need to enhance cloud security skills while 84% confirmed they needed to add staff to close the gap.

Steps to Successful Cloud Migration


1
Develop a comprehensive strategy and plan
2
Identify on-premises workloads to move to the cloud
3
Baseline pre-move performance and resource usage
4
Increase the likelihood of optimizing the workloads pre-move
5
Match services and equivalents on a variety of cloud platforms
6
Estimate cost and performance of application, post-move
7
Track and measure the success of the migration
8
Optimize the cloud workloads as required
9
Develop on-going management plan for the cloud workloads

Navigate Risks and Avoid Mistakes


Messina helps you steer clear of costly pitfalls and common cloud migration missteps.

Lack of Cloud Migration Strategy

Each strategy has its pros and cons. Whether it’s a “lift and shift” of existing infrastructure or total rebuild and replace, you must have comprehensive strategy. Messina helps you decide whether one cloud provider will meet your needs, or if managing multiple cloud platforms would provide you more freedom and flexibility.

Knowledge Gap

Lack of experience in managing cloud platforms is one of the biggest contributors to making mistakes with your cloud migration. These missteps cause companies frustration, performance problems, and excess cost incursion. There are many configuration options, services, and products to choose from, and having the right, experienced partner to guide you on your journey is the key to success in migrating the cloud.

Lack of Cloud Migration Strategy

Each strategy has its pros and cons. Whether it’s a “lift and shift” of existing infrastructure or total rebuild and replace you must have comprehensive strategy. You will need to decide whether you go with one cloud provider or opt for managing multiple cloud platforms. Multiple cloud platforms gives you a certain degree of freedom and flexibility, at higher complexity and cost. Today 80% of organizations are currently using both AWS and Azure to avoid common risks in cloud migration.

Agility and scalability

Gartner ranks operational agility as a top driver for cloud adoption. Cloud-based services scale automatically for growing or fluctuating demand.

Data Loss

Before the migration, it is vital to make sure that all your data is properly backed up. During migration, you may encounter issues such as corrupt, incomplete, or missing files. With a thorough backup, you will avoid data loss and be prepare to easily correct any errors by restoring the data in its original state. 

Wasted Costs

The pricing models of cloud providers are flexible but often difficult to understand, especially if you aren’t a cloud expert. Gartner estimates that as much as 70% of cloud costs are wasted due to lack of experience and knowledge in managing cloud infrastructure. In cloud computing, you pay for compute, storage, and data transfer. Each cloud vendor offers a range of different instance types, storage services, and transfer options depending on your use case, cost requirements, and performance expectations. Finding the best solution is a challenge. Messina guides you to find and implement the cloud solution that’s the right fit for your needs.

Decreased Footprint

The scalability of the cloud allow you to only buy resources you need. You could potentially even reduce your pool of data centers to one of even zero for reduced environmental impact.

Disaster Recovery

Historically expensive, the cloud helps organizations implement backup and recovery easily with less time and investment.

Added Latency

Latency is one of the most underestimated risks in cloud migration. It can occur when you access applications, databases, and services in the cloud. If you have applications that require immediate responses, delay in a few seconds can be extremely frustrating. It can also impact your reputation. Messina helps you carefully plan and test your cloud architecture and migration process to minimize latency and optimize your post-migration cloud environment.

Security Risks

The cloud maturity level of most organizations is still low, and as a result, they struggle to resolve security issues. Messina’s cloud experts help protect you from security risks that would otherwise harm your business.

Security

The cloud offers greater security than data centers. Regular security updates leaves you free from security threats, and free to take care of your business.

Reduce Costs

Physical datacenters can be expensive, both in terms of financial cost and effort. Datacenter contract expiration can be an inflection point to consider cloud migration, as it can provide immediate cost reductions, better performance, and simpler management.

Security

The cloud offers greater security than data centers. Regular security updates leaves you free from security threats, and free to take care of your business.

Reduce Costs

Physical datacenters can be expensive, both in terms of financial cost and effort. Datacenter contract expiration can be an inflection point to consider cloud migration, as it can provide immediate cost reductions, better performance, and simpler management.

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