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Cloud migration with network performance monitoring is critical

Cloud migration with network performance monitoring is critical
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Cloud migration with network performance monitoring is critical

Cloud migration with network performance monitoring is critical

This is part of the Solutions Review Premium Content Series, a collection of columns written by industry experts on maturing software categories. In this presentation, agreedMichael Bacon, director of enterprise solutions at ‘s, highlights why migration to the cloud with network performance monitoring is critical to the health and credibility of modern businesses.

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“A global pharmaceutical company looked to move nearly all of its workloads to the cloud. However, at the end of 12 months, he had changed only 40 percent of his first-year goal. Overwhelmed, the company scaled back its cloud adoption plans by about 50%, opting to retire more applications rather than move them.” – Source: McKinsey “Cloud Migration Opportunity: Business Value Grows, But Mistakes Abound”, Oct 2021

Migrating applications to the cloud is a strategic project for most enterprise IT organizations as they seek to improve operational efficiencies and save costs.

These migrations are currently accelerating as many companies hoped to move their mission-critical applications. They needed to be sure that the cloud was agile and secure enough to justify the move, while also supporting the necessary regulatory standards.

How much are companies betting on the cloud? By 2024, most aim to have 80% of their IT hosting budget dedicated to cloud-based operations. This includes private cloud, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).

All of this opportunity comes with one big caveat: Without the right planning, the right tools, and deep network and application visibility, there’s a significant chance that cloud migration projects won’t meet business expectations.

The impact can be widespread, including degraded quality of service for business-critical applications, a concomitant reduction in customer experience, as well as months of lost IT team productivity. This can seriously damage a company’s reputation and incur significant financial losses.

So what can an IT team do to maximize their chances of successful cloud migrations? Network performance monitoring platforms have proven to be a strategic tool to ensure success before, during and after a cloud deployment.

Cloud migration projects: CIOs struggle to avoid catastrophe

There are numerous studies that paint a picture of failed cloud migrations. Not only is this a source of great embarrassment for the IT department, but it can also significantly affect business goals. Recent statistics tell us that:

  • 75% of cloud migration projects are over budget
  • 38 percent of cloud migrations miss project deadlines
  • 74% of organizations have to remove their applications from the cloud and bring them back on-premises.

What began as a plan to save money and increase efficiency is too often becoming an exercise in missed goals.

In fact, for the average business, poorly executed cloud migrations are costing them 14% more per year than they planned.

As companies grapple with these challenges, they are also facing enormous pressure from the competition, the board of directors, and investors. IT leaders must also grapple with the rising cost of cloud resources and security.

Lack of in-house expertise hampers cloud implementation success

According to a recent article in Infoworld, “The cloud skills shortage is killing companies that want to quickly move to new technology.”

It’s no small problem, as McKinsey states that “today, the average company caters about 35 percent of its cloud needs in-house.”

That leaves a very significant 65 percent of the team coming from outside sources, which translates to increased risk and extended project times.

To counter this, IT teams can employ software solutions that provide the ability to baseline and automate as much of the cloud migration process as possible. This can help ensure the customer experience while reducing reliance on external sources.

Using network performance monitoring to turn chaos into order

While there are many steps organizations must take to ensure the success of cloud migration projects, here are three key considerations that network performance monitoring (NPM) platforms can help with:

1. Know what you have today: create a baseline

Many cloud implementations fail for the simple reason that organizations don’t know precisely what they’re starting with.

A critical step in helping your organization achieve flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness in the cloud is to create a good baseline. Skip this step and there will be nothing to compare against to know if a cloud migration has been successful and is capable of meeting critical project KPIs.

A comprehensive understanding of which applications will be moved to the cloud is needed. This includes details such as on-premises performance benchmarks.

Once applications have been migrated to the cloud, with the right technology and automation, IT teams can easily monitor and take action on any KPIs that are trending in the wrong direction.

Both internal and external customers will have become accustomed to the performance they experienced with on-premises applications. Anything that negatively impacts that expectation can result in dissatisfaction and lost customers.

2. Monitoring of the entire migration to the cloud from start to finish

To avoid migration failures, IT teams need 100% visibility into what’s happening throughout the entire migration process.

NPM platforms introduce tremendous flexibility and visibility by allowing teams to deploy sensors anywhere in their hybrid IT network. This provides critical information about the migration as it happens and once it’s in production.

These performance monitoring tools also give teams the ability to quickly identify the root cause of problems, which can save a lot of time and money while helping maintain service level agreements (SLAs).

Another key benefit of NPM solutions is that they can offer teams continuous monitoring, providing both active and passive modes in a single solution. This allows IT teams to identify and prevent problems from occurring in the first place.

3. Secure Network Performance: Balancing Risk and Reward

When it comes to cloud risk mitigation, business teams can no longer focus solely on network and application performance.

A growing threat landscape created by migration to the cloud means that prioritizing cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities is more critical than ever.

According to Gartner, IT leaders should “increase the alignment between network operations and security operations by coordinating NPM procurement decisions with security analytics solutions, including network detection and response tools.”

Some of the many benefits of converged NetSecOps teams and tools include:

  • Faster resolution of security issues
  • Security Risk Reduction
  • Faster resolution of user experience/network performance issues
  • Cost savings
  • Reduced architectural complexity

Conclution

When it comes to cloud migration projects, risk mitigation is critical to maintaining the health and credibility of the organization. IT teams want to be seen as leaders in speed and agility in the cloud.

When cloud implementations fail, it can have a huge impact on business bottom line and reputation. The ability to plan for the unknown is critical for cloud deployments: what you don’t know and what you can’t see can wreck a deployment.

Network performance monitoring tools like Accedian Skylight help IT teams maximize the chances of successful cloud migrations by assisting in all stages of the project, including planning, baseline, migration, and deployment. continuous monitoring of business-critical applications.

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