More and more businesses are moving critical applications out of their data centres and into the public cloud, so easing the way to full or part public cloud migration is high on the priority list for most enterprise IT departments.

Speaking at Cloud and Devops World 2016 in London yesterday, Steven Kahn, regional manager for performance performance monitoring firm, LogicMonitor, highlighted five steps to help businesses migrate to the public cloud.

1. Cloud migration tips: Try out different cloud providers

Cloud migration tips: Try out different cloud providers
Depending on what public cloud service you choose, performing a measured trial is one way of making sure both the public cloud and the chosen vendor is a good fit for your business.

2. Cloud migration tips: Create meaningful dashboards

Cloud migration tips: Create meaningful dashboards
Enterprises should create dashboards ensuring all IT staff, including your development team have access. Steven Kahn said:

3. Cloud migration tips: Practice makes perfect

Cloud migration tips: Practice makes perfect
Kahn highlighted that businesses should run tests in similar environments to prepare for their migration, he said:

4. Cloud migration tips: Monitor all environments

Cloud migration tips: Monitor all environments
Kahn summerised the importance of closely monitoring all virtual environments to limit the possibility of future problems occurring. He said:

5. Cloud migration tips: Estimate the cost in advance

Like all enterprise projects, preparation is everything, Kahn explained why businesses should gauge the total operational costs before begining a migration.

“You need to practice and see what will work for you and what the best mix of resources will be. This helps businesses estimate the costing once you make a migration switch,” said Kahn.