Gartner Research

Moving Applications to the Cloud: Finding Your Right Path

Published: 14 July 2011

ID: G00212985

Analyst(s): Kyle Hilgendorf

Summary

IT organizations are exploring methods to migrate applications from internal data centers to external hardware infrastructure as a service (HIaaS). Moving applications to HIaaS cloud providers includes challenges, such as virtual machine (VM) conversion, lengthy migration times, and hardware compatibility, that hamper migration efforts. Thus, organizations must consider how to migrate applications to the cloud, which processes work, and what factors contribute to failure. In this guidance document, Principal Research Analyst Kyle Hilgendorf assesses the state of VM mobility solutions and provides practical guidance for moving applications to the cloud.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Step 1: Pre-work
    • Measure Server Virtualization and Cloud Computing Proficiency
    • Identify Candidate Applications
    • Define Migration Success Criteria
    • Devise and Test Exit Strategy
  • Step 2: Decide the Migration Path
  • Step 3: Package
    • V2C Migration: Packaging
    • Redeploy: Packaging
    • Common Packaging Issues
  • Step 4: Shipping
    • Common Steps
    • V2C Migration: Shipping
    • Redeploy: Shipping
  • Step 5: Go Live
  • Step 6: Steady State
    • Training
    • Improve Internal Management Processes
    • Audit the CSP
    • Exit the CSP (if Necessary)
  • Hybrid Cloud Software Solutions
  • Follow Up

Risks and Pitfalls

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Notes

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