Perform Infrastructure Discovery for Cloud Data Center migration- Part 1

Perform Infrastructure Discovery for Cloud Data Center migration- Part 1

Perform Infrastructure Discovery for Cloud Data Center migration- Part 1

Critical factors to Cloud migration are – Performance, Security, Governance and Cost. To perform the Cloud migration of On-Premise Infrastructure, it is important to discover, analyse and plan the Cloud deployment. In this multi-part article, we will see what are the critical Infrastructure items that needs assessment, and what are the possible Cloud data center deployment plan.

Discovery Items required for Cloud migration assessment and migration

  1. Basic Infrastructure Details
    • Number of Data Centers
    • IP Addressing and VLANs
    • Hardware Configuration
    • Software Configuration
  2. Backup Policy, Retention and Restoration Plan
  3. CMDB
  4. Patch Management
  5. Anti-Virus
  6. Monitoring Details
  7. Application mapping
  8. Active Directory / Identity Management layout
  9. Networking Details
    • Firewalls
    • Internet Bandwidth
    • Load Balancers
    • IPS / IDS
    • VPN
    • Multi-Factor Authentication
    • Web Application Firewall
  10. Security Policies
  11. Log Management
  12. Domain Names (Internal and External)
  13. Operation of Business
  14. Maintenance Windows
  15. DevOps tools
  16. Storage Details
  17. Database Details

Once we have know what needs to be captured, it is now important to list the tools to use for Infrastructure Discovery

  1. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
  2. Spiceworks for Linux discovery
  3. DocAve tool for SharePoint Discovery
  4. Custom PowerShell scripts for Microsoft related infrastructure discovery
  5. Custom Shell scripts for Linux and Solaris discovery
  6. Active Directory Topology Diagrammer

In the next post, we will see more information on using these tools, and assessment approach

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