Cloud Readiness Assessment Checklist: What You Need to Know

Cloud Readiness Assessment Checklist

By the end of 2020, the global public cloud computing market was estimated to exceed $266 billion. And that’s expected to double in the coming years, with the widespread adoption of AI and machine learning. 

Needless to say, if you’re on the fence about cloud migration, then worry no more. This is an industry-changing technology that’s only continuing to grow and become more invaluable. 

If you’re a business owner or interested consumer, then keep reading. 

In this article, we’re going to discuss what cloud readiness is. Plus, we’ll give you a cloud readiness assessment checklist to help make you aware of what you need to do before completing a cloud migration. 

What Is a Cloud Readiness Assessment?

What is a cloud readiness assessment? And why do you need to complete a checklist before performing it? 

The assessment is a process that takes the applications and data you want transferred to a cloud platform and determines the best way to do it. It takes into consideration the impact on business operations, the minimal effort needed to move the applications, and what the best practices are for your business and environment.

This assessment calculates your cloud readiness, or how ready your applications are for moving to a cloud platform. 

However, before completing this assessment, there are a few tasks you as the owner need to do first to help make this process succinct and accurate.  

Current Infrastructure Analysis

First, before conducting a cloud readiness assessment, you need to analyse your current infrastructure. This is where you’ll record what your current on-premise system is like. Here are a few things to consider.

The Number of Users 

How many people access your database regularly and work with the information? This is important to know because a lot of cloud vendors build price models around the number of active participants. 

How Much Are You Consuming? 

Think about how many resources you’re using, such as things like hardware, storage amount, and network. What are the demands you put on them? 

What Your Current Costs Are

Figure out how much you’re spending on your current system, including maintenance and security. Then, decide if that’s a price you want to decrease, increase, or keep the same.

Understanding your IT infrastructure is crucial in figuring out what system you need next. So, in addition to the criteria above, you need a grasp of what integration capabilities you already possess and how easily the applications can be modified.

You also need to be aware of any network, data, and application dependencies and assess the impact the move may have on current data, security, and disaster recovery plans. 

What Do You Need?

Recognising your current system is only half the battle. Next, it’s time to think about what you need that your current infrastructure does not offer. 

Cloud platforms offer loads of optimised functions like real-time analysis and data visualisation. Take the time to explore available features and determine what benefits you. 

Gap Analysis

Now that you’re aware of where your current systems lie, you need to complete a gap analysis.

Cloud-based solutions offer flexibility and cutting-edge technology. But you need to predict how current your applications will react to the migration. This analysis helps you achieve that.

Some applications will need re-hosting, re-platforming, and new architecture, so highlight those specific apps. 

This analysis also provides the opportunity to assess non-functional aspects like malfunctioning security, maintenance, storage, and costs. 

Estimate Costs 

All business operations come at a price, so it’s best to be a step ahead.

There are multiple ways to go about estimating future costs. But first, you have to know what features you require in the new platform, how many users there will be, and a realistic view of what you can afford.  

Reading a TCO or total costs analysis, calling professionals for an estimate, or reading through review sites and mapping out costs yourself are all great ways of estimating costs. Don’t forget to ask or include initial investment and maintenance fees in your calculations as well.

Choose the Right Cloud

Cloud technology is undoubtedly one of the great innovations of IoT, but it comes with a lot of variation. Make sure whatever cloud you adopt suits your data and security needs. 

There are SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS type platforms; which type you need will depend on your focus. There are public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud platforms, each containing their own benefits.

When choosing a cloud, ask yourself: What is the cloud structure? Does it work with your current system? What does the integration process demand?

Then, you need to decide on a cloud vendor. 

This is arguably the most important aspect, as this is the company you’ll be entrusting your confidential information to. Consider their security protocols, what support they offer, scalability, compliance, and pricing. 

For private cloud vendors, you’ll also need to consider the location.  

Map Your Migration

While the readiness assessment will determine the best route for cloud migration, it doesn’t hurt to do a little road-mapping yourself. 

The map should contain all the information from your initial analysis, partnered with step-by-step instructions of what actions need to be taken. Include a detailed timeframe for the different phases as well.

Providing this information to the company conducting your assessment gives them a better idea of what your vision and understanding is, and helps them customise the route even further in your favour (within reason).

On Your Way to Cloud Readiness

Understanding cloud readiness and prepping your systems for a much-needed facelift is only a small fraction of work, compared to the amazing advantages headed your way. 

With this checklist on your side, you’ll be more than prepared for your cloud migration journey.

We hope you found this article insightful! Here at Adept, we want business owners to have the information they deserve. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us, or check out our blog for more industry updates!

Written by Sami Malik

Marketing Campaigns Manager