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Cloud Adoption Framework: An Overview

Cloud-based technology is becoming increasingly popular in both personal settings as well at work; however, there are many concerns that need addressing before this trend can become mainstream – including security threats like cybercrimes or data breaches which could have serious consequences if not managed properly.

Cloud adoption can prove challenging for organizations as there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Cloud frameworks can help organizations map out their migration journey. Cloud frameworks can help guide your organization towards success by assessing various factors and providing a road map for what needs to happen at each stage in order to reach the final destination! Each framework adopts a different methodology to assess how an organization should practice cloud adoption, with Google’s four themes and three phases being among the most prominent examples available in today’s marketplace. The best way forward for most companies looking to adopt cloud technology is to work closely with a reliable Microsoft-certified managed services partner such as Cloud Services Vermont.

Six Stages of the Cloud Adoption Framework

Strategy

The Cloud Journey Tracker is a great way to identify how you can best move your organization forward with Microsoft’s cloud service. It helps you identify the best cloud solution for your business. In order to use it, start by understanding what objectives are important in supporting these goals and how Azure can help meet them with its many features and benefits!

Plan

Think of a cloud as an investment in the future. When you start to plan for your application modernization, make sure that everything aligns and there’s not too much effort on old systems while new ones get integrated into production quickly, so they can be used efficiently without delay or frustration from employees who are still figuring out how things work together. This will reduce risk overall. The plan should be to start aligning your people, processes and technology in order for you to map out a cloud adoption plan. This requires rationalization of any current estate that needs improvement using the 5 R’s of application modernization.

Ready

Microsoft also offers guidance on preparing environments with step-by-step instructions provided within its Azure setup guide which will be helpful when it comes time to deploy landing zones. These are the basic building blocks required during any migration from traditional technologies to cloud-based ones.

Adopt

In the adopt stage, you can either migrate your on-premises environment directly to the cloud or choose to innovate by capitalizing on cloud-native technologies and practices in order to modernize your digital state using DevOps.

Govern

To stay on track, it’s important to have a governance minimum variable product. This means setting benchmarks and implementing an effective system of checks and balances in place for your environment – all while staying within budget constraints! Working with reliable MSPs, such as Managed IT Services Vermont can help you do just this. MSPs have certified and knowledgeable experts in place that can help guide you about best practices when dealing with Microsoft technologies like Azure.

Manage

You should utilize data to monitor and manage your environment. By following best practices and diligently tracking performance you will be able to succeed at making any necessary changes on the fly! You should also strive to create a resilient platform that will allow for quick recovery from issues as they arise. IT Consulting Vermont has all the necessary resources available for local business looking to get started with Azure.

Steve Loyer

With over 25 years of sales and service experience in network and network security solutions, Steve has earned technical and sales certificates from Microsoft, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Citrix, Sonicwall, Symantec, McAfee, Barracuda and American Power Conversion. Steve graduated from Vermont Technical College with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology.