If you want to get cloud migration right, you must deal with an inconvenient truth: Cloud or hybrid cloud environments lower the drawbridge between your data center and the internet, and that creates opportunity as well as security risk.
Many enterprises that migrate to hybrid or multi-cloud environments gain a network that is more resilient, automated, cost-effective, and secure. But there’s also plenty to lose: Unsuccessful migrations reduce network control and visibility, exacerbate routing issues, hamper digital transformation, and jeopardize security.
Want to improve your chances of a successful migration? Don’t downplay the importance of network architecture.
Many enterprises overlook the essential infrastructure and tools (DDI services) that enable network communications. DDI includes Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and IP address management (IPAM). DDI services are essential to routing and establishing network connections — on-premises or in the cloud. Cloud migration cannot succeed without reevaluating the role of DDI services in your enterprise.
Analysis is the bedrock
A successful migration — like a house renovation — begins with an analysis of your current environment. Knowing how DNS/DHCP functions in your environment, as well as identifying adjacent technologies and integrations, security posture, and business processes is a necessary step. It won’t prevent all surprises during migration, but it can help.
Paint me a portrait of your ideal network
Next, outline and explore the challenges related to your current network architecture. Stakeholders should arrive with a vision of their ideal infrastructure. What things do