A CIO's guide to enterprise cloud migration

Last updated:September 2015

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Editor's note

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.

1 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.