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A CIO's guide to enterprise cloud migration

In this Essential Guide, explore the complexities of enterprise cloud migration, including planning and implementing best practices, and advice on crafting cloud agreements.


It's understandable why so many companies want to migrate to the cloud. With the prospect of avoiding hardware costs, eliminating software maintenance, increasing the scalability and performance of applications, and enjoying the cloud's economies of scale, making the change seems like a no-brainer.

A poorly planned and implemented migration, however, can put a serious dent in the cloud business case. With that in mind, CIOs need to address a number of questions to ensure a smooth migration:

  • Which enterprise cloud migration strategy is right for your organization, if any?

  • Which applications are suitable for the cloud and which aren't?

  • Do you have the appropriate tools to aid in migration efforts and cut back on expensive manual tasks?

  • What types of computing workloads will work best in which specific types of clouds?

In this CIO Essential Guide, we'll address these questions by exploring the intricacies of cloud migration and suggesting best practices for getting the job done.

This Essential Guide on enterprise cloud migration is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

1Cloud migration strategy-

Picking the proper cloud approach

The first step in enterprise cloud migration is deciding what strategy is right for your organization. Whether you choose the lift-and-shift model, rearchitecting model and/or a hybrid cloud design, knowing your options and business needs is critical to cloud success. This section highlights top cloud migration approaches and helps you determine what should and shouldn't run on the cloud.


Is a diversified cloud strategy right for your business?

A diversified cloud strategy can help reduce and optimize workloads, but it's important to know when and how to use it first. In this tip, learn about complexities of a diversified cloud strategy and how companies can determine whether it is the right fit for their organization. Continue Reading


What's the right cloud migration strategy for your organization?

Cloud migrations are no walk in the park; there's a lot to consider. It all starts with businesses deciding between the lift-and-shift and rearchitecture models. Continue Reading


Cloud migration approaches for achieving hybrid cloud success

A solid cloud computing strategy doesn't end with app migration. Enterprises looking to move toward hybrid cloud have several enterprise cloud migration approaches to consider. Achieving portability between public and private clouds becomes crucial. Continue Reading


CIOs must determine fate of legacy systems

After spending decades building up technology infrastructures, companies now need CIOs and their IT teams to decide which legacy applications and hardware systems to keep and which to replace. As CIOs already know, making the decision isn't easy. Continue Reading


Business drivers, CIO understanding influence cloud economics

Don't expect any hard-and-fast formulas when migrating to the cloud. In this feature, IT professionals discuss cloud economics and highlight challenges and considerations, including the impact of business drivers, customer perception and CIO understanding. Continue Reading


Cloud economics subject to business drivers, customer perception

Cloud app management is an ongoing, complex process that starts with choosing the right apps to move to the cloud. From there, monitoring them effectively is no walk in the park. Get all your cloud app management questions answered in this feature. Continue Reading

2Cloud migration considerations-

Getting familiar with the cloud environment

In order to reap the rewards of the cloud, CIOs need to have a deep understanding of the complexities of cloud migration and integration. This section runs down need-to-know elements of enterprise cloud migration, including best practices and common pitfalls to avoid.


For CIOs, Office 365 and hybrid cloud remain top concerns

As cloud implementation becomes a top priority for many organizations, we talked to some CIOs to see what type of projects they have on the horizon. Many said they were migrating to Office 365 in order to reduce costs, while others are turning to the hybrid cloud to ensure the security and privacy that is sometimes lacking in public options. Continue Reading


An enterprise cloud migration checklist

Cloud migration can offer a slew of benefits, including greater scalability and agility, but there's also a lot of considerations. From tools and costs to security, SearchCloudComputing runs down a list of what to consider when migrating to the cloud. Continue Reading


Avoid these common cloud application migration hitches

Cloud application migration is a daunting process, but it doesn't have to be, according to experts. With preparation and forethought, and this advice from IT pros, you can make your cloud migration as cheap and painless as possible. Continue Reading


Hybrid strategies allow CIOs to embrace cloud, future-proof the data center

The enterprise data center is yielding to the cloud, but that doesn't mean it's dead. Hybrid strategies allow CIOs to get the best of both worlds, letting some IT stay on-premises. Continue Reading


The CIO challenge of integrating a hybrid infrastructure

Integrating a hybrid environment require new tools, more manpower and a deep understanding of the business. Are CIOs up to the challenge? IT professionals weigh in and give advice to help with your company's cloud migration. Continue Reading


Enterprise cloud migration: Tools and tips for application 'cloudification'

Cloud migration is an arduous process that's never easy or cheap, but, luckily, many vendors offer enterprise cloud migration tools to help you 'cloudify' your apps and reap the benefits of the cloud. Continue Reading


Cloud-to-cloud migration difficulties alleviated by automation

Migrating workloads from one cloud provider to another can be a pricey and tedious process. The right automation tools can make all the difference. Continue Reading

3Cloud migration agreements-

Crafting the perfect cloud contract

Equally important to the success of your cloud migration is constructing a sound cloud contract from the onset. There are a lot of things to consider before signing on the dotted line, so use the articles in this section to help you avoid contractual hiccups and ensure your cloud agreement is up to snuff.


The checklist: Six legal issues to consider when developing a cloud contract

Benefits of enterprise cloud computing include lower costs and increased agility, but even sophisticated IT departments are sometimes blindsided by the intricacies of striking a deal with cloud providers. Daniel Masur, a lawyer specializing in IT, provides six issues companies must consider when developing cloud contracts. Continue Reading


Get maximum return on your cloud service investment

The business benefits of cloud services are closely tied to an organization's unique, data-specific demands and constraints. This feature offers expert advice on how to analyze business value drivers, use cloud monitoring tools and even garner advice from peers to maximize cloud service investment. Continue Reading


Before agreeing to a cloud contract, do your governance homework

The cloud has become a common solution for organizations seeking to improve information governance efficiency, but there are several data management aspects to consider before entering a cloud service agreement. In this webcast, governance expert Jeffrey Ritter explains why companies must carefully consider their specific data management and e-discovery needs before entering into a cloud service agreement. Continue Reading


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