Putting applications in the cloud can be a quick, push-button process. But cloud deployments call for almost the same amount of design and planning as on-premises systems do. Here are some planning tips to follow before you deploy:

  1. Profile your application – This step includes creating a data flow model of components and processes to give you insight into dependencies, complexity and risk.
  2. Don’t roll out all features at once. “It’s just too much for the end user to absorb,”. “Use an iterative methodology and pilot and then deploy in pieces.
  3. Build out the hybrid environment – As you build, you should baseline app resource requirements first, and then use those baselines to compare total allotment to resource utilization trends. You will also need to choose methods for image porting and data migration.
  4. Prepare for change management. Cloud providers typically update their applications a few times a year. A cloud app user should have an update process, test scripts and a team ready to respond.
  5. Create a repeatable process for testing and deploying product updates, and don’t rush it. Perform a proof of concept – During this step, load testing to measure performance and verifying scalability are critical.

There is no question businesses benefit from engaging a managed service provider as they move to hybrid cloud. That’s because the service provider focuses on IT architecture and on-going support, leaving your resources free to focus on driving more value to your business.

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