Companies today are moving to the cloud at breakneck speed, but waiting until you’re actually in the cloud to begin monitoring your applications and infrastructure is often too late. Instrumentation is essential at every stage of the cloud adoption journey.
The major cloud vendors typically divide a cloud migration into three phases: Plan, Migrate, and Run. But they don’t often stress the essential role that monitoring should play at each stage. That’s critical, because while the importance of monitoring once your apps are up and running in the cloud (the “Run” phase) is well established, it’s just as important to instrument and monitor your applications and infrastructure during the earlier Plan and Migrate phases.
In this ebook we will provide an overview of the cloud migration process, and provide best practices for how to successfully plan for and move your workloads to the cloud.
First, answer these 3 critical questions
Before you’ve migrated a single application to the cloud, you need monitoring to understand the current state of your on-premise workloads. After all, you need to know what you’re working with before you begin. Establishing this baseline is key to understanding and maintaining application health during the migration, and invaluable for demonstrating your cloud strategy business case. Too many organizations turn to their cloud provider after they’re running workloads in production, only to realize they can’t fully measure the benefits because they failed to baseline performance before starting their migration.
And should something go wrong during the migration, monitoring can help you get to the root of the issue quickly and resolve it. It’s the only way to know “Is it the app or the cloud that’s causing the problem?”
Put simply, instrumentation, measurement, and monitoring are essential to answering three critical questions on the road to the dynamic cloud:
- Baselining: How can I baseline my applications so I know whether performance has been impacted during the migration?
- Business value: How do I know whether I’ve realized the business benefits that justify the time and resource investments in my cloud migration (that is, How do I develop my cloud business case)?
- Instrumentation: How can I ensure a safe and comprehensive migration that enhances functionality for my systems and customers?