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A High-Level Framework for Planning Your Migration to Public Cloud Services

Published: 20 June 2017

ID: G00332305

Analyst(s): Craig Lowery


Migrating large numbers of workloads from an on-premises data center to the public cloud requires careful planning. Although detailed methodologies are available, many IT application leaders don't know where to begin. Use this framework to bridge the gap between strategy and execution.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Do Not Attempt Migration Without First Having a Strategy
  • Lay the Groundwork for Migration
  • Use This Flowchart to Guide Migration Planning
    • Discovery Phase
    • Evaluation Phase
    • Piloting Phase
    • Execution Phase
  • Make Changes As Needed to Suit Your Organization
  • Equip Your Execution Teams With Detailed Research

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