Cloud Migration Process

Cloud Migration Process 2018-06-27T13:14:13+00:00

From discovery to maintenance, enterprise cloud migration process full circle

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Migration projects shouldn’t happen often, but when they do, ensuring that you have the expertise and bandwidth on your team can mean the difference between success and business disruption. WSM’s cloud migration process goes beyond the typical lift-and-shift approach, drawing upon years of experience to migrate your workloads and applications as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Your environment doesn’t exist in a vacuum, which is why we take automation, security, and maintenance into account when planning your cloud migration.

WSM’s Cloud Migration Process

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” migration plan. Migration projects differ based on organizational needs, which is why we pair careful preparation and planning with the right tools for your project to ensure a smooth migration execution and go-live as part of our cloud migration process. Your migration plan will be custom-tailored to fit your organization’s business requirements, environment, and workloads. From creating migration factories to facilitate mass migration at volume, to addressing manual migration and transformation unique to your environment, we have the know-how to handle it all. Our cloud migration process has been refined over the past fifteen years of business. You’re in good hands.

Cloud Readiness Workshop

Determining if your organization is ready for a migration is the first step in the process. A workshop is a time to assess the option and validate that a migration is the right step for the organization. Key objectives at this point in the migration journey are evaluating the total cost of ownership of your infrastructure options, as well as knowing if your performance requirements for each workload can be met or exceeded at lower cost in a new infrastructure. During a Cloud Readiness Workshop, we can help your organization answer these pressing questions.

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Discovery & Assessment

For effective architecture and migration planning, a complete and accurate discovery of every workload and application in your infrastructure is necessary. Having a complete picture of your current IT infrastructure helps us identify dependencies, predict performance, often eliminate or refactor unused or underutilized servers and applications, and make recommendations for a new infrastructure — whether it be public/private cloud, hybrid, or colo.

Migration Planning

With everything ready for the migration, the next step is to plan the actual migration itself. Whether you are planning to migrate to a public/private cloud, hybrid cloud, or colo, WSM migration specialists will prepare a migration plan that will ensure a seamless transition to your new environment. The plan will take into consideration minimal disruption time, the order of migration of applications, deadlines, and tracking. WSM will use a migration at volume plan, phased migration plan, set up a migration factory, use manual migration, or a combination of these to accomplish your migration project.

Migration Execution

With all the planning complete, it’s migration go-time. Your WSM project manager will work with you to coordinate execution of your migration plan.  Through seamless communication and scheduled meetings your team will stay up-to-date on the status of each phase of the overall migration project. One of the most critical pieces of the migration process is to execute a prompt and thorough test plan. You are most familiar with how your workloads and other services should run and WSM will work with you to identify the key people within your organization to test each of the migrated workloads in your new environment prior to scheduling the go-live event.

Pre-Go-Live Options

Before your new environment is ready to go live, optional security and performance planning can be completed. Whether it be performance optimization, load testing, or security protocols like compliance or penetration testing, before your new environment is made live, WSM will complete the pre-go live options you’ve selected.


Your WSM project manager will work with you to schedule either one or multiple go-live events, depending on your business goals and objectives. These go-live events usually occur during preset maintenance windows and often during off-hours.

WSM will work with you to determine the best go-live scenario for your business goals and objectives; for example performing data synchronizations for databases, and content added during the course of the migration process, or, depending on the migration maintenance window allowable, we could recommend performing a ‘fail-over’ type go-live event.

In an auto fail-over replication, portions of your workloads, databases and other services fail-over to a replicated environment which will ultimately become your new production cloud, physical or hybrid environment at the completion of the go-live event.

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Meet Our Solution Partners

We’re agnostic. Because we’re not attached to any particular provider or platform, we partner with several and know the ins and outs of them, their differences, their strengths and weaknesses. Together we’ll choose the right solution for your goals.

Case Study: Aon Hewitt

Learn more about how WSM helped Aon Hewitt complete a migration.

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