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Cloud migration tool properties

Cloud migration tool properties

Many vendors support cloud migration tools. These tools help migrate applications or services to cloud platforms. Yet, choosing right cloud migration tool is difficult per say.

This is our brief take on certain properties or features organizations may expect from cloud migration tool. We can also look at it as 10000 feet view of a road-map of cloud migration tools.

1. Operating system support -
It is important to understand target cloud environment. Operating systems required for current services must be inter-operable with targeted cloud platforms. For example, moving application tier from Windows server platform to Linux platform. First applications should support the current and new OS platform. Second the new OS must be available on target cloud platform.

2. Amount of data transfer -
We should understand that amount data transfer to cloud and the uppermost limit of data that tool can handle. Generally there is no limit, but if data transfer is in TBs then it is helpful to think beforehand if tool can handle such amount of data

3. API support from migration tool to integrate with internal systems -
It is often that cloud migration could be long process and there are existing tools, scripts implemented . In such cases, it is easier to integrate cloud migration tool if APIs are supported. It will help pipe status of migration tools to internal dashboards.

4. Ability to rollback if migration does not proceed as planned -
It is quite possible that something or one of the steps are not completed or crashed . In such scenarios, it is helpful if cloud migration tool supports rollback of individual step or all steps that were triggered.

5. Cloud DR support - 
This could be private to public or public to public cloud failover. This is not exactly a migration scenario. But it will help to test fail-over of infrastructure in case of disaster strikes to primary infrastructure.

5. Support for post cloud migration features such as cloud sprawl and related cost metrics -
Once migration completes, we still need to monitor environment. It might be beneficial if there is situation such as cloud sprawl. This will help minimise cost of cloud. Also tool should monitor SLAs for certain period to ensure migrated environment is indeed live up to its design.

Is there any other feature that we should expect from cloud migration tools? Do post your comments below?  

By Mandar

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