Gartner Research

Migrating Production Applications Into Public Cloud IaaS

Published: 23 June 2016

ID: G00307686

Analyst(s): Douglas Toombs


A sound architectural cloud framework is a critical element for a successful enterprise migration strategy. This document guides organizations through technical requirements that cloud architects will need to address to support the demands of production workloads on public cloud IaaS.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Understand the Business Relationship
    • Understand Delineation of Responsibilities
  • Foundation Item No. 1: Authorization and Access Control
    • Create Master Account(s)
    • Secure the Master Accounts
    • Optional LDAP and Active Directory Integration
    • Define Security Groups
    • Set Parameters for Additional Account Security Options
  • Foundation Item No. 2: Wide-Area Connection
    • Determine Near-Term and Long-Term WAN Strategies
    • Understand Latency Implications
  • Foundation Item No. 3: Storage
    • Understand Major Storage Categories: Object Versus Block
    • Research Availability, Performance, Resiliency and Price
    • Determine Suitable Data Protection Strategies
  • Foundation Item No. 4: Networking and Name Resolution
    • Understand Provider Networking Architectures and Capabilities
    • Map Target Use Cases and Designs on to a Provider's Architecture
    • Establish and Test Appropriate Name-Resolution Capabilities
  • Foundation Item No. 5: Compute
    • Understand Core Attributes of Compute Capabilities
    • Evaluate Platform as a Service Options for Computing Needs
  • Foundation Item No. 6: Cloud-Native Services
  • Foundation Item No. 7: IT Operations and Management
    • Review Existing In-House Tools and Operational Processes
    • Retool and Refactor Operational Processes When Necessary
  • Foundation Item No. 8: Continuity and Availability
  • The Final Step: Migration
    • Determine Application Capability, Capacity and Performance Requirements
    • Determine a Migration Approach and Test Migration

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