Alibaba Cloud Migration and Management Guide

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Alibaba Cloud provides comprehensive services to help you assess, plan, and execute your migration journey efficiently, ensuring enhanced security and cost-effective resource management to maintain business continuity.

You can choose to migrate using your own platforms or outsource the process to Alibaba Cloud’s Migration Service or a trusted partner.

Migration Journey to Alibaba Cloud in 4 Steps

Alibaba Cloud Migration and Management Guide

Step 1: Assess Migration

  • Evaluate Migration Needs: Understand your cloud environment, migration challenges, objectives, tolerance to downtime, and potential risks.
  • Estimate TCO: Use Cloud Migration Hub to calculate the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of cloud infrastructure and compare it with other vendors.
  • Prepare Resource Inventory: Analyze your current resources to forecast cloud infrastructure needs and migration workloads.

Step 2: Plan and Customize Migration

  • Design Migration Strategy: Understand Alibaba Cloud’s migration solutions for IT infrastructure, applications, data, and databases.
  • Map Products: Align cloud products and services with your business needs to ensure availability, scalability, and performance.
  • Prepare for Cloud Governance: Plan IT resources, including landing zone deployment, identity management, and compliance.
  • Test Cutover Solution: Validate cutover strategies to ensure smooth migration and address any issues.

Step 3: Migrate to Alibaba Cloud

  • Migrate Application Servers: Use Alibaba Cloud Server Migration Center (SMC) or third-party tools for server migration. For agentless migration, use Alibaba Cloud Hybrid Backup Recovery (HBR).
  • Migrate Containers: Utilize self-built platforms or Alibaba Cloud tools to migrate containers, data, and applications, ensuring a smooth transition.
  • Migrate Databases: Leverage Alibaba Cloud Database Migration for both homogenous and heterogeneous database migrations with minimal business impact.
  • Migrate Data: Transfer data from local IDC, NAS servers, or other cloud services to Alibaba Cloud OSS or Apsara File Storage NAS.

Step 4: Manage Resources on the Cloud

  • Monitor Cloud Resources: Track resource usage, business health, and application availability with real-time alerts.
  • Manage Operations: Centralize O&M permissions, monitor operations, and ensure identity authentication, access control, and audit.
  • Ensure Business Continuity: Use secure backup services, disaster recovery, and encryption features to improve business availability.
  • Automate Infrastructure Deployment: Implement Infrastructure as Code (IaC) to reduce deployment errors and maintain consistent infrastructure.

By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth, secure, and efficient migration to Alibaba Cloud, tailored to your business needs and goals.

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Meet Ahmed Zain ul Haq, a Cloud and Network Architect at Åhléns AB. Specializing in AWS, GCP, and Azure, Ahmed excels in network security and cloud transformations, crafting innovative solutions for seamless migrations.

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