“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. 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 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. 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 4. 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 5. Server Migration Analysis


Migrating to Azure 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 6. VDI Review


Nearly every organisation has some form of VDI implementation, whether it is its Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop or VMware Horizon view.  Historically, these solutions have enabled your staff to access either a corporate desktop or application from any place at any time.  Typical design best practices also recommended placing VDI solutions close to backend applications or services they present or host.

Step 7. SQL Services


How do you address SQL or your enterprise database when migrating to Azure?  How will your current architecture and operational procedures be impacted?

These are common questions our customers ask us when it comes to migrating enterprise databases to Azure. There are so many different database choices in Azure today such as Azure SQL, Cosmos, Azure MySQL and SQL Server Stretch Database, it’s understandable why a lot of enterprises hold off on migrating SQL.


Step 8. DR as a Service


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 9. Azure Migration Cutover


Based on the results of Project 5 – Server Migration Analysis, we will migrate your servers to Azure, but not before optimising and right sizing them to suit cloud.

As part of Project 8 – DraaS, Olikka configured ASR to synchronise your servers to Azure, the migration of your production servers is simply an ASR failover of your production servers to Azure.  Yup it’s that simple.

Step 10. On Premises Architecture


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.