A sound governance and operational model is key to successful cloud migration. However, most enterprises do not pay attention to this factor, leading to longer migration cycles, higher cross-team interdependencies, and increasing operating costs.
Building a landing zone is therefore, a starting point to meet the needs for cloud factory migration, which incorporates best practices followed for operating and governance models.
So, what is a landing zone?
Landing zone is a configured environment with standard set of secured cloud infrastructure, policies, best practices, guidelines, and centrally managed services. It is the first step in the cloud migration journey for a factory model application.
Some considerations for building the landing zone include strategies –
- AWS account creation – As accounts provide segregation at a high level, we need to define the number of accounts that need to be created. Base the creation of accounts on line of businesses, compliance, environment etc., within the organization.
- Network configurations – Strategize the creation of networks within the account, VPCs required per account, connectivity between on premise and cloud.
- Security – Build foundational pieces for identity and access management to identify individual roles and responsibilities. Standardize hardened machine images, build security policies, robust network monitoring, and log analytics.
- Automation – Automating the infrastructure creation, standard policies for security, governance and cost optimization would help improve security, enhance management, and reduce cost
Building a landing zone offers key benefits such as:
- Reduced manual effort, improved quality and faster service delivery
- Enhanced scalability, security and governance
- Increased network resilience & performance
- Reduced operational cloud cost
- Greater operational rigor through shared service model
- Higher agility through well-defined operating model
For a successful application migration to cloud, strategizing and implementing a landing zone is therefore the starting point.