What strategic planning advice would you give to someone migrating their data center from on-premise to hybrid cloud hosting?

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Senior Director, Technology Solutions and Analytics in Telecommunication, 51 - 200 employees
There are a few key things to keep in mind when migrating your data center from on-premise to hybrid cloud hosting. First, you'll need to assess your current infrastructure and identify which workloads can be migrated to the cloud. Not all workloads are suitable for cloud hosting, so it's important to make this determination upfront. Once you've identified which workloads can be migrated, you'll need to consider how they will be configured in the cloud. There are a number of ways to do this, and the most effective approach will vary depending on your specific needs. Finally, you'll need to develop a plan for monitoring and managing your hybrid cloud environment. This includes ensuring that your data is backed up and secure, and that you have the ability to troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
VP of Engineering in Software, 11 - 50 employees
1) Use migration specialists

2) Select a data migration model
3) Define KPIs
4) Create a migration plan

5) Define migration resources and budgets
6) Prepare for migration
7) Migrate
8) Train your employees and promote them to new roles with more power and responsibilities
9) Check KPIs, lessons learned, close the project

VP of IT in Software, 10,001+ employees
Many good points, a few I didn't see...

1.  Make sure you know why you are doing it and how the cloud model creates value.  The benefits of cloud do not just magically manifest.  Do you understand your business case?

2.  Come up with a realistic migration strategy. Are you going to simply lift and shift, or are you going to make apps cloud native, or just enough to take advantage of cloud scaling/DR, what's the plan?

3.  Dependencies matter when you being migration.  Latency can kill you.  How to handle shared databases and other shared components during migration?  Do you know what your dependencies are?  Then coming up with a migration schedule can be tricky.

4.  Are you applications overly chatty? Will paying for bandwidth kill your budget?  How about monitoring, does you monitor cover things that you now have to pay for that you didn't before?  Do you know if the cloud provider is meeting their SLAs?

5.  Do you want to take your existing bad practices with you or do you want to modernize those at the same time?

6.  Do you have sufficient skill and knowledge to architect, do cloud ops, etc. how are you going to close that gap?

7.  Are you going to pick a single cloud provider or are you going to go with a multi-cloud solution?  How are you going to support multi-cloud?


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