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Cloud migration is the process of transferring some or all of an organization’s computing resources to the cloud. The resources usually are migrated in one of the following three ways:
Cloud computing offers the following benefits:
Many organizations think of the cloud only in terms of cost efficiency, As a result, they don’t get the business value they would expect from their cloud deployments. Before beginning a migration, understand the unique business model and where the cloud fits in.
Once a cloud migration strategy is selected, the rest of the planning phase includes:
Select a service provider with a platform that enables upgradable configurations. Although some cloud providers extend the software a little differently. To suit unique workload needs, cloud service providers use proprietary languages which only allow for designs within strict limitations.
The cloud provides powerful and easy-to-use reporting and analytics capabilities for a variety of users, whether they’re senior executives, line managers, employees, or frontline process experts. In the past, teams may have had to wait for reports to come out of separate databases that proliferated across different departments and showed conflicting data. Migrating to the cloud allows organizations to gain easier access to data leading to faster decision making.
Retire old models in favor of designs that will make the best use of the service provider’s cloud architecture. Make sure the cloud architecture addresses the needs of your organization. Types of cloud computing architectures include:
Take into account the security controls offered by the cloud service provider and how those controls work with legacy security systems that are still in-house.
Continuous monitoring of the cloud enables a healthy cloud environment. You can set up your own monitoring system, or you can use the modules offered by the cloud provider. Whichever the case, ensure that you have basic visibility controls such as audit logs. If possible, use automation and analytics tools to set up regular security and performance alerts.
Accelerate cloud migration by automating repeated patterns. The automation capabilities are determined by the cloud service provider and the provider’s tools which may include the following functionalities:
Migrating to the cloud purely for cost benefits could limit the positive outcomes an organization can achieve as well as the service provider that is selected to meet current and future needs. Explore each cloud service provider’s offerings before making a selection.
Once the goals for moving a database to the cloud lines up with a service provider’s capabilities and expertise, an organization will be able to make the right choices, including how the migration will be made and when.
An autonomous database is a cloud database that uses machine learning to automate performance tuning, security, backups, updates, and management/maintenance tasks. An autonomous database in the cloud handles all these tasks without any manual intervention needed.
An autonomous database provides several benefits, including the following:
Oracle Autonomous Database provisions highly available databases, configures and tunes for specific workloads, and scales compute resources when needed—all automatically. By protecting sensitive and regulated data automatically, patching a database for security vulnerabilities, and preventing unauthorized access—all with Oracle Autonomous Database—operational costs can be reduced by as much as 90 percent.