When you’re at the start of your cloud migration process, it’s always helpful to review the basics and know that you’ve got a good plan ahead. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the six R’s of cloud migration.

Use them as a framework when you sit down for a discussion with your stakeholders — you’ll be better able to create a solid foundation for your changes.

As we begin, let’s recall that every migration is going to be unique, and that these “6 R” strategies are not meant to be definitive or mutually exclusive. They also definitely are not the only way you can define your situation, but what we’re after is a framework for talking points, a blueprint for starting discussions and guidelines.

This version of the six R’s of cloud migration was taken from our recent webinar Journey to the Cloud: Top Strategies for Migration Success.

Rehost

Rehosting is commonly referred to as lift and shift. Right now, lift and shift is generally as it sounds —  lifting servers or applications from their current hosting environment, which is generally going to be on-prem —  and shifting them to infrastructure in the public cloud and rehosting. The lift-and-shift strategy is a very common strategy for organizations starting out on their migration journey. 

There are significant benefits to running servers on the scalable, pay-as-you-go infrastructure of a cloud platform. It’s a relatively low-resistance migration strategy, and it’s a great strategy for working backward from a fixed constraint or a hard deadline. For example, if we need to get something off our current infrastructure by November because we know it’s not going to be able to deal with the input of our October sales, in practice the application server will be exported using a third-party export tool like VMware’s vCenter. You can use any sort of

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