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The Spectrum of Cloud Migration Methodologies

Cloud migration is not a binary decision, but a spectrum of transition types.

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The Spectrum of Cloud Migration Methodologies

Why it’s Not Binary

Many people think cloud migrations are a binary decision: either lift-and-shift or completely modernize applications. However, the reality is that there is a spectrum of transition types available, each offering different levels of value.

Many think that cloud migration is binary

6R Migration Methodologies

The full spectrum of cloud migration methodologies includes six primary transition types: Rehost, Retire, Retain, Replatform, Refactor, and Repurchase. These 6R analyses are aligned with business goals, maximizing the ROI of any cloud migration program and ensuring your most valuable applications get the benefit of cloud on day-1.

Not All Applications are Created Equal!

We believe that cloud migration is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each organization has different business-drivers for cloud, and their applications deliver differing levels of business value while also having varying amounts of technology complexity, security, and compliance requirements. To address this multi-variable problem, our approach is to evaluate applications thoroughly before making any migration decisions.

Comprehensive assessment of applications and clarity of business goals is how our customers avoid wasting effort on transforming or migrating applications where there is no business justification for it.

Some customers have found that going through a comprehensive Tidal migration assessment has allowed them to Retire (turn off, don’t migrate) over 50% of their on-premises infrastructure.

However, teams that only consider Rehost or Modernize completely missout on this opportunity for savings.

A spectrum of migration methodologies

The Future of Cloud Migrations

As an enterprise looking to migrate to the cloud, navigating the spectrum of migration methodologies can be overwhelming without the right tools. It can be difficult to determine which approach is best suited for your business objectives and technical capabilities, and the stakes are high. If not executed properly, a cloud migration can lead to increased costs, reduced security, and management overhead.

The most successful cloud adoption strategies typically involve a hybrid of migration methods. By exploring the spectrum of cloud migration methodologies and leveraging data-driven insights, businesses can achieve the full benefits of the cloud. Transformative migrations increase agility while lowering costs for faster value realization, delivering cloud elasticity, improved security, and reduced management overhead. Modernize as you migrate with Tidal.