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5 Shortcuts to a Smoother Cloud Migration

In every storybook journey, the hero must pass through a spooky forest with quicksand, trapdoors, and scary creatures before making it to the promised land of happily ever after.

The journey to becoming a cloud-first organization is no less fraught. There are definitely some fire-breathing blind spots and visibility pitfalls that can stop you short of achieving your goals.

Be prepared to take on network swamp rats that try to derail your cloud migration.

We’ve been along for the journey with several customers and found five shortcuts to help you realize the happily ever after benefits of a cloud migration sooner.

1 – Centralize Your Data Management

A centralized data management and monitoring interface is the best shortcut to cloud visibility. Let’s consider a multi-cloud network. Each cloud provider will provide some type of native monitoring solution, but these are often incompatible with other clouds and require using multiple platforms to monitor and troubleshoot the entire network.

For example, Amazon Inspector gives you visibility into Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) but is not compatible with Azure Monitor, Microsoft’s monitoring app, and visa versa. If you rely on a native monitoring tool in a multi-cloud environment you cannot ingest data from all of your sources.

When forced to learn and use multiple tools, the time to troubleshoot issues increases, and the risk of misconfiguration and mismanagement increases.

A unified dashboard that allows you to see all network elements in a single view reduces the number of places NetOps and CloudOps must look when troubleshooting an issue. LiveNX offers a single truly agnostic dashboard that can ingest, analyze, and report on hybrid, public, private, or multi-cloud data along with data from the network’s core for a comprehensive analysis of network health.

2 – Incorporate AI and ML Tools

Find out if your network monitoring platform includes AI or ML in its toolset. AI can automate actions to resolve common issues that don’t require human intervention. Machine learning is useful for pulling patterns out of data and creating models that can predict network behaviors and protect against threats. Predictive analytics empower NetOps, CloudOps and SecOps to shift gears from reactive to proactive network response.

Data is a raw resource – it is only valuable if it can be understood as a part of broader trends in the network. ML and AI help make sure you aren’t leaving any insights on the table.

3 – Create a Baseline Prior to and Post Cloud Migration

Baselining your network prior to a cloud migration tells you how much opportunity there is for improvement and baselining it after allows you to understand what steady-state looks like as a reference point and to set up thresholds and alerting around. Baselining allows engineers to intercept network anomalies before they take shape into threats. Look at 2 weeks of activity to get an accurate understanding of the network.

Here are some KPIs to get you started for baselining.

  • The percentage of server utilization
  • “Standard” availability and latency of your applications and their standard usage levels
  • The CPU percentage and memory used (RSS) to process an application request
  • The bandwidth utilization across network devices and applications
  • The percent of error rates

Keep in mind that your results may reveal that some legacy applications will not be ideal to move to the cloud and would require redesign to the code or major changes to perform in the cloud. In these cases, you’ll want to evaluate if a hybrid approach makes more sense or if it’s more cost-effective to ditch the application for something comparable in the cloud. Gartner suggests a 5 “Rs” approach when looking at moving applications to the cloud: rehost, refactor, revise, rebuild, or replace.

4 – Prioritize Integrations

Integrate your technologies– it’s worth considering and even prioritizing NPM platforms that have integrations in place with your other network vendors. Whether it’s your SDWAN provider, packet broker, or router and switch manufacturer, knowing what integrations are in place and successful can save you significant time and tool sprawl management.

A monitoring platform with a robust list of integrated and compatible technologies provides fuller visibility and helps streamline the troubleshooting process.

5. Keep Security Top of Mind

Keeping security top of mind throughout the migration can save you from backtracking later. Finding a monitoring vendor that also has security functionality can give you one less contract to manage. Consider security technology that has a strategy for encrypted traffic. Encrypted traffic can mask security threats and needs to be inspected by network engineers as it moves through the cloud. Decrypting traffic can be time-consuming, compromise privacy, slow performance, and use significant network resources, but running the risk of letting encrypted traffic pass uninspected is not smart. LiveAction’s ThreatEyeNV uses a patented AI-informed technique to see through encrypted traffic without having to decrypt it.

Conclusion

These 5 shortcuts will keep the purpose of your cloud migration centered. You don’t want to get so distracted by any number of trash-fire pitfalls that you miss the point and lose the benefits of going to the cloud. When obstacles do arise, the key is having adequate visibility to quickly address the issue, advanced analytics to learn from it, and the flexibility to make one-click network adjustments.

If you can’t see it, you can’t fix it

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