Also known as the 7 steps of cloud migration, the Rs are a set of strategies developed over the years to help organizations like yours create a successful migration plan. Determine the best route to move your data and apps from traditional infrastructures. The steps have evolved over the years from 5Rs and 6Rs of cloud migration to 7-step models, with each version improving the process by adding more options.
Here they are:
Migrate your application workloads to a cloud instance using the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) model, preserving their dependencies. A lift and shift cloud migration strategy will ensure compatibility with existing storage, compute, and networking requirements, without asking for any significant changes in operational constructs.
Move your servers without any issues from on-prem platforms like VMWare or Kubernetes to cloud versions like Amazon Kubernetes Services or Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Minimize downtime and disruption as relocation does not require code rewriting or additional hardware, making it cost-effective and scalable.
As one of the most important types of cloud migration strategies, refactoring involves rearchitecting workloads with advanced automation to support cloud-native features. Although resource-intensive, the step ensures future-proofing with features like serverless computing and distributed load balancing to convert monolithic apps into microservices.
Optimize your platform during AWS, Google, or Azure cloud migration. In this step, while the source code remains the same, you will get higher agility, performance, and resilience. Leverage the cloud’s unique features like automation, time-saving, and reduced migration costs using the storage-as-a-service model in some cases.
Swap internally managed systems with third-party cloud services, reducing operational efforts and choosing a consumption-based model. Simplify the migration process with software-as-a-service (SaaS) to reduce operational efforts for in-house teams and expedite migration timelines, especially for workloads that need high performance.
Terminate or downsize the applications that are no longer needed. Our certified migration professionals can help extract all your data during the retiring process and archive the same into a cloud storage, low-cost system. In some cases, you can even club unused applications with the dependent ones, saving more on costs.
Preserve the existing frameworks for applications that can’t be retired or when immediate migration holds no business value. Apply this strategy when dependencies exist for infrequently used apps or data, such as disaster recovery instances. Store all this data on a tiered system in AWS, Azure, or GCP, instead of expensive block storage.