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Microsoft Azure – Lift & Shift Approach for Infrastructure Migration

  • Last Updated : 30 Sep, 2021

Migrating to the cloud can help address infrastructure challenges like expiring data center contracts, obsolete servers, and end-of-support for software.

The cloud provides support for various workloads and enables you to optimize costs, scale on-demand, and keep applications secure. Whether you’re migrating or extending your infrastructure in the cloud, a lift-and-shift approach can help simplify the process by moving your applications quickly without requiring major changes to their configuration.

Using this approach to replicate and move infrastructure applications, starts with three migration phases. 

Phase One:

In phase one, pre-migration, prepare your applications for a smooth migration by taking inventory of your infrastructure and assessing your on-premises environment. This helps you understand application makeup and dependencies so you can plan to move certain applications together and right-size them in the cloud to optimize performance. Be sure to also get strategic alignment with IT and business decision-makers.

Phase Two:

In phase two, during migration, replicate on-premises infrastructure applications in your cloud destination environment or landing zone. This enables your on-premises and cloud applications to run in sync, allowing you to test them in an isolated environment and verify that everything works properly before cutting over. Identify low-complexity applications first and execute in waves. 

Phase Three:

Finally, in phase three, post-migration, cut over your applications to fully transition them to the cloud. From there, you can optimize your applications with built-in cloud tools and services that can help secure, manage, monitor, backup, and right-size your resources. 

Using the lift-and-shift approach simplifies the infrastructure migration experience by enabling you to move your applications with minimal disruption, maintain business continuity, and take steps towards optimizing for the future. 

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