Static versus dynamic cloud migration

It’s 9:00 AM on a Wednesday. You’re in the boardroom giving a status update on the latest migration project that will remove most of the vulnerabilities found during the recent pandemic. This is the third migration project, all less than 100 workloads and 10 data sets. All have taken place in parallel, and all leverage different cloud migration teams.

Company leadership notes that the metrics were very different between the projects. Project One shows nearly 80 percent efficiency in terms of code refactoring, testing, deployment, security implementation, etc. The others were closer to 30 and 40 percent. Why the differences? 

Most efficiency issues arise from dynamic versus static migration approaches and tools. Most people who currently do cloud migrations gravitate toward the specific processes, approaches, and migration tool suites that worked for past projects. This static approach to cloud migration forces a specific set of processes and tools onto a wide variety of migration projects and problem domains. The misuse of specific processes and tools as generic solutions often leads to failure. 

Core to this issue is our drive to find a specific suite of tools and technology bundles that the industry considers best-of-breed, and our desire to leverage best practices. We in IT love to follow the crowd: “I read about these tools and this approach that worked for Joe and Jane and Bob at companies kind of like mine, so they’ll work for me, too.” We make the erroneous assumption that we remove risk by not making our own choices, even if the choices are situational. 

As an expert in this field, I would love to list a standard set of migration tools that will address everyone’s needs—code scanners, configuration management, continuous integration and development, testing tools, and more. But the real answer is that your selections of tools and approaches must be based on the requirements of the applications and databases you are migrating to public clouds–or any other platform, for that matter. 

The project criteria and review processes for migration projects typically include, but are not limited to:

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