Migrating to the cloud can be a daunting task with a plethora of moving parts. To streamline the process, break down the overall strategy into digestible chunks organized by the stage in the migration process it best fits.

The different stages of the cloud migration process can be summarized by:

  • Before Migration: Planning and Goal Setting

  • During Migration: Execution

  • After Migration: Monitoring and Optimizing


Before moving a byte of data, ensure the final goal is clear and the necessary assessments are made.

Establishing the goal for the migration will provide a guideline for all the steps to follow. Without a clear reason, it can be easy to lose focus when coordinating the moving parts required for a successful migration.

Planning is a vital step before executing a migration to the cloud. Outlining details like potential security risks, financial commitment, and partnering organizations helps pinpoint the necessary steps to address them. For example, security risks could be solved by removing sensitive datasets from the migration.Screen Shot 2019-10-25 at 3.54.12 PM

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Calculating the time required to migrate is essential to a smooth cloud migration process.

After hours of planning and all the necessary pieces in place, it’s time to migrate. AWS recommends calculating the time commitment of the migration before setting the hours of hard work in motion with the following formula1:

Number of Days = (Total Bytes)/(Megabits per second * 125 * 1000 * Network Utilization * 60 seconds * 60 minutes * 24 hours



Ensure processes are running to your benefit with monitoring tools.

Manage the newly-migrated cloud environment more effectively post-migration with a platform such as AWS that offers a variety of monitoring tools for optimization.

Implementing a tool like AWS Cloudwatch2 gives companies the capability to collect monitoring and operation data ad visualize it using automated dashboards. The data can then be analyzed to help understand how to improve overall performance.Beyond Cloud Migration

For your reference, related links:



  1. https://aws.amazon.com/snowball/disk/faqs/

  2. https://aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/