For federal agencies, the move to the cloud can be a daunting task. CIOs face an array of challenges in making the transition — from worries about data security, to concerns for budget and resources, the task requires a concerted effort on multiple fronts. But in light of the Cloud Smart Strategy released earlier this year, the increasingly obsolescent legacy technologies, and an array of other factors, the transition is not a question of if, it’s a question of when. Most importantly, it’s a question of how.
Migrating to the cloud requires up-front planning and strategy. Having a roadmap lets CIOs keep an eye on the light at the end of the tunnel, being mindful of the many benefits the transition will ultimately present. To temper risk and provide peace of mind, we offer a Bridge to the Cloud strategy that allows agencies to begin their cloud transition with a private cloud within their own environment. This starting point allows them to stage the migration in a controlled way, troubleshooting and safeguarding their assets before making the move to a public environment.
This methodology stresses preparedness and is rigorously holistic to provide the smoothest possible journey for agencies.
We start with a comprehensive assessment of your applications. Not all applications are created equal; some will be viable for a transition and some, ultimately, will not. We also identify which applications will need to be modified to fit the particular demands of its future cloud environment. By digging into the code of all critical applications first, we can build an informed strategy and begin prioritizing apps based on the agency’s needs.
Once everything has been accounted for, we create the all-important Journey Roadmap. The roadmap traces the path forward based on the lifecycle of the agency’s applications and taking into consideration the path each component will follow to be assimilated into the new environment. This is where we are methodical. We take as much time as needed to prepare for migration, optimizing and adjusting to be sure everything will run smoothly when the new system is finally in place.
With a roadmap in hand, agencies are empowered to determine if immediate migration should begin with the applications ready for the transition, or if legacy applications should be modernized first.
Transitioning to the cloud presents the opportunity for agencies to hit the reset button on their IT stack — and they should seize it. While cloud-first is a crucial part of modernization, it’s far from the only part. Since the transition requires a reassessment of assets and applications, it can be a great time to begin implementing a cohesive, compliant system that sets the agency up for success in years to come.
A New Outlook
Preparing for the transition needs to be thorough because it represents the bulk of the work. After that, building or replacing applications and workloads, then moving them into a private cloud, will be as painless as possible. Further, transporting them to a public environment when ready becomes something to be done with confidence instead of doubt, leaving the agency poised to benefit from their modern, flexible and secure new infrastructure.
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