Do it right – cloud migration best practices

Apr 8, 2022 | Cloud Computing

Do it right – cloud migration best practices

Cloud strategy guide for regulated industries: part 5
Do it right – cloud migration best practices

Cloud computing has enabled organizations to drive innovation and digital transformation through enhanced agility, elastic scalability, flexible economic models, and more. According to a recent IDC study sponsored by Salesforce, spending on cloud computing is growing at 4.5 times the rate of traditional IT spending. It’s pretty clear that cloud migration and adoption are growing. Migrating regulated workloads requires greater caution, as these workloads typically hold data-sensitive information. Stakes are high, and if something goes wrong—such as a data breach compliance violation — the impact could ripple across the entire organization.

Start with Strategy

As noted by Forrester,

The pandemic validated cloud’s value proposition. The ability to use on-demand scalable cloud models to achieve cost efficiency and business continuity provides the impetus for organizations to rapidly accelerate their business transformation plans.


Cloud migration involves moving data, applications, interfaces, or other elements of the business that are currently stored on localized hardware or software to a cloud environment. Typical business cases for migration include mitigated latency, improved user experience, or lower operational costs to maintain the migrated applications.

Having a cloud migration strategy before moving services to the cloud is critical to ensure you’re choosing the suitable applications to move and mitigate all potential risks.

Emilia Smołko

It depends on what is our priority to achieve during migration: whether rapid deployment to the cloud or cost optimization and scaling. You will certainly need to assume more work to adapt your current application to cloud services with the latter.

Robert Grochowski
A4BEE Cloud Architect & Full Stack Developer

The Challenges of Migrating Regulated Workloads

There will always be risks involved in migration to the public cloud. Some of the risks are related to complexity, requiring organizations to audit cloud administration, manage IT governance and security controls, and ensure that policies for security are up to date, consistent and scalable. 

Meeting regulatory mandates and maintaining continuous compliance for regulated industries adds another challenge to cloud migration.

Typically, employees have limited visibility into how applications would perform in the cloud, risking the end-user experience. Another aspect that raises concerns is performance and network latency.

Not all applications are ready to take advantage of cloud dynamics

As companies move to the cloud, the secret remains that not all applications and services match the cloud. Some older apps may not be a good fit for cloud dynamics. Applications that have not been written for the cloud may need a re-design and re-write to benefit from the dynamic, automated, and scalable infrastructure. The cost of those efforts could not be worth it.

Some applications could be moved to the cloud with little or no modification. As a result, they may not be able to automate with cloud providers’ tools for dynamic resource allocation. They would not be able to benefit from cloud-native capabilities.

What is a good target application?

Recommended target applications for cloud migration are those that have been developed up to 15 years ago. They should use a programming language supported by a planned cloud provider.

Learn best practices from our experience

We defined a cloud migration strategy for several Customers and migrated into the cloud many enterprise applications. We asked Tomek Kopacki, A4BEE Chief Technology Officer, to share the best practices he follows to ensure migration would be successful. 

It could help explore how to approach the idea of moving your IT applications and workloads to the cloud.

Emilia Smołko

Use the services for their intended purpose. Before choosing a particular solution, it is worth doing an analysis of how costs vary depending on the chosen architecture. Maybe serverless is not so efficient, and costs are minimally lower? Use services according to their purpose: they are usually dedicated to specific applications. Even if they can be used in slightly different solutions, it will probably not be optimal (financially or in terms of performance).

Maciej Jarkowski
A4BEE Software Engineering Lead


Organizations across industries have huge opportunities to accelerate digital transformation to deliver new value-added services, better customer experiences, and enable and empower workplace transformation.

For companies in regulated industries, the journey to the cloud must address critical topics around security, compliance, and governance, among others. Successful cloud migration requires appropriate planning and thoroughness. But the benefits of being able to scale your business, increase availability, and provide your team real-time access to cloud-based services and data. 

With A4BEE support, organizations can move their workload to a preferred cloud platform. We help gain full visibility for operations, security, and cost management — before, during, and after migration.