Sometimes cloud migration can be simple, with only a few decision points. However, your case may be more complex, depending on how many servers and virtual machines you use. Your migration could require you to run parallel and iterative migration processes as you progressively move your applications and workloads to the cloud.

Whether your migration is simple or complex, it’s helpful to think of the basic elements of the process. Migration can be boiled down to three main phases, as illustrated in the model below. While the migration evolution model shows a potential step-by-step journey for moving workloads from on-premises to the cloud, the model also suggests that workloads could start at different pivot points. Where you begin depends upon the complexity of the workload and, ultimately, what you want out of it.


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