Moving to the cloud is not just about where your applications and infrastructure are, it's also about how your infrastructure and applications are deployed and managed.
Many organizations start their journey into the cloud with the lift-and-shift approach. Lift-and-shift involves migrating applications, software and database systems into the cloud with little or no modification.
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Even though the goal in a lift-and-shift operation is to preserve all aspects of the current environment, it is important to understand that many changes will still occur. Underlying on-premise services such as networking, security, identity authorization and server types will have to change.
Lift-and-shift allows organizations to initially establish themselves on a cloud platform while attempting to keep a large component of their environment the same. This migration strategy allows efforts to be focused on the underlying services that have to change, and enables a faster move to the cloud. Lift-and-shift operations also keep costs low by eliminating code rewrites and database object changes.
After lift-and-shift, effort is placed on creating cloud-native solutions which exploit features of the cloud computing model such as:
Refactoring to cloud-native technologies enables developer productivity, business agility, scalability, availability and cost savings.