What Is Meant by “The Migration Is Not Done Once All the Servers Are Migrated”?

Congratulations!

You have migrated the last of the servers from the datacenter into Azure VMware Solution’s Azure Private Cloud. You can see all of the migrated VMware guests listed on the new vSphere instance with three ‘virtual’ hosts load-balancing the full load of all servers that have been migrated (for now, let’s say you migrated a total of ten virtual machines). The servers are all running without operational issues in the AVS vSphere. Furthermore, you don’t see any alerts in the details tabs.

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE NOT DONE!

WHAT?
WHAT GIVES?!

For anyone who plans to move into cloud migration engineering or architecture, please keep the following phase locked into your memory: “THE MIGRATION IS NOT DONE, JUST BECAUSE ALL THE SERVERS ARE MIGRATED.”

…let me explain.

Yes, getting the physical servers migrated is a major accomplishment! You should feel like a load has been lifted off of your back. However, do not be tempted to think you’ve completed your migration work just because the servers are up and running in the new environment.

Here’s the key: the migration is done when the clients are operational in the new environment.

The difference is the presence of post-migration workloads. Once the servers and related infrastructure are migrated and tested while working, you have to ensure the clients can get to the new location and that the testing results align with pre-migration results.

Specifically, the migration is done when the clients are working the way they used to before migration into the new environment with few changes to the overall work approach and execution.

Remember, we are migration engineers and architects who work to serve the clients’ needs (company, customers, etc.). IT’S ONLY WHEN THE END-USERS ARE WORKING ‘NORMALLY’ IN THE NEW ENVIRONMENT THAT WE CAN START TO CONSIDER THE CLOSURE OF THE PROJECT WITH SUCCESS.

…NEVER forget the above.

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