“Organizations that do not have a high-level Cloud strategy driven by their business strategy will significantly increase their risk of failure and wasted investment.”

David Cearley, Gartner

Cloud Solutions
Strategic, experienced, technical.

Cloud Solutions
Strategic, experienced, technical.

Olikka’s 10 Steps to Microsoft Azure Cloud

Step 1. Server and Application Migration Analysis


Migrating to Microsoft Azure Cloud is a lot more than simply lifting and shifting your current server fleet, every organisation should consider multiple factors such as:

  • Is this server relevant to migrate?
  • Do I need to migrate, or can I rebuild?
  • Should I or can I re-platform?

Step 2.  Azure Design


With Azure Security and Governance sorted, it’s time to get started on the design of Azure.  A detailed, well thought out Azure design which is crucial to ensuring your Azure environment will address your business needs.

Step 3. Azure Security and Governance


Getting security and governance sorted before you migrate your applications and data to the cloud is critical.  Azure Security and Governance is the first project in the Olikka 10 Steps to Cloud Program.

Step 4. Platform and Foundation Build

It’s always important to get the foundation right to ensure it can support your production systems.  Azure Foundation, involves building the core components, such as virtual networks, identity sync, subscription controls and networking and API access controls.  Once completed, your Azure environment will be productionised and ready to support your production workloads.

Step 5. Cloud Backup


Migrating your applications, servers and data to cloud requires a rethink of your backup strategy.  Typically, most organisations either choose to, extend their existing backup solution to Azure or implement a cloud native backup solution on Azure.


Step 6. Cloud DR

With all of your apps and servers moving to Azure, it’s most likely that your current DR solution needs to be reviewed, updated or even replaced.  A lot of today’s DR solutions include proprietary technology or are locally hosted.

Step 7. Migration

Transformation & Optimisation is really what cloud is all about.  Up to this stage there have been elements of it, including data transformation and DR and backup transformation.  But this stage typically includes the next level of applications and services such as WebApps to host your corporate websites and transforming eligible workloads from using more traditional IAS services to cloud native services.


Step 8. Cost Management and Optimisation


Most organisations primary concern when moving to cloud is cost or ensuring costs don’t get out of control.  Project 3 Cost Management and Optimisation focuses on implementing the right processes and tools to ensure you are in control of your costs, whilst also optimising costs by Right-Sizing servers and services where you can.

Step 9. Data Platform

SQL Services include Azure SQL and SQL Managed Instances and then migrating and testing databases to these platforms. For databases that are not compatible with platform services, Olikka will extend the existing SQL clusters to Azure.

Olikka will begin configuring the appropriate SQL environment, including Azure SQL & managed instances. The configuration will reflect the design and once completed will be ready for databases to be migrated. Configurations include high availability with Geo-replication, configuring the appropriate Tiers and the appropriate backups with blob storage.

Step 10. Transformation and Optimisation


What do you do with what’s left?  You would be foolish to assume there will never be a need to have any services located onsite, so that means you need to have a plan to deal with them.

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