Cloud Migration Tool properties

Cloud migration tool properties

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

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

1. Operating system support for cloud migration tool

First, it is important to understand the target cloud environment. Operating systems required for current services must be interoperable with targeted cloud platforms when using the cloud migration tools. 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 the target cloud platform.

2. Amount of data transfer during cloud migration

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

3. API support from cloud migration tool to integrate with internal systems -

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

4. Ability to rollback if cloud migration does not proceed as planned -

It is quite possible that something or one of the steps is not completed or crashed. In such scenarios, it is helpful if the cloud migration tool supports the rollback of individual steps 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 clouds migration features such as cloud sprawl and related cost metrics -

Once migration completes, we still need to monitor the environment. It will be beneficial if there comes a situation such as a cloud sprawl. This will help minimize the cost of the cloud. Also, the tool should monitor SLAs for a certain period to ensure the 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?  

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