Workload Migration to Cloud

Workload Migration to Cloud

Choong Thio (IBM Corporation, USA) and Jim Cook (IBM Corporation, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0759-8.ch012
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Workload migration to cloud is a critical area in increasing the adoption of cloud. In order to fully leverage the power of cloud computing, clients need to determine what workloads and applications are good candidates in the cloud and migrate them quickly and in an efficient manner into the cloud. The main goal of this chapter is to explore and study how workloads can be migrated into cloud. In addition, this chapter will also describe the overall end-to-end process for cloud migration and its resulting benefits.
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Migration Model

The migration model transformation and migration process of existing customer workloads into cloud consist of four steps.

Figure 1.

The migration model


Steps 1 and 2 are part of the ‘due diligence’ phase. Step 1 is about “data discovery and assessment.” To be able to define the best migration path, it is important to gather key data on the existing customer server and workload environment. Some of the key data to be collected are as follows:

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