Prepare your Teams for the Next Major Cloud Platform Implementation through Azure Training




For enterprises that are going through a technological paradigm shift at the moment, the move to a cloud-based platform is at the top of the priorities list. Despite the vast variety of platform-related services available to the modern enterprise manager, the implementation of one does not come without its share of hassles. Unfortunately, many of these pitfalls can be the cause for potential derailment of the implementation process.

According to a report by CIO, the market for the public cloud had a growth rate of 22 percent, which is estimated to grow proportionately ore, as new cloud service offerings emerge on to the market. What’s more is that when an organization prepares to have either the majority or entirety of the operations and storage on a cloud server, it has more options in terms of service diversity and implementation procedures. All of this lends to the complexity of a major cloud implementation.

Microsoft Azure, which has gained some much-noticed traction in terms of enterprise cloud adoption over its closest rival, AWS, now experiences 58 percent of all cloud adoption and implementation worldwide. This is mainly due to the many enterprise-friendly features that the platform has continued to introduce over the years. However, even with Azure, which is considered very user-centric, there are some problem with large-scale implementation.

To address some of the primary elements which prove problematic when going ahead with a cloud implementation on the Azure platform, in this article, we are going to highlight said pain points and discuss how Azure training can potentially help enterprises get over their implementation hiccups.

Sufficient Accommodation on the Local Bandwidth

This may appear to be a non-issue for the enterprise with considerable technological expertise within its ranks, however, bandwidth is perhaps the most important of factors to consider when migrating to a platform such as Azure. This is due to the vast number of services that the platform features, chief among which are the ones that pose an issue for a high-latency LAN network.

Since Microsoft Azure is an Infrastructure as a Service model, it requires a LAN network that has a high, continuous speed and minimal latency, in order for the intrinsic organizational features to operate at the top of their potential. Even better is to have a Wide Area Network implemented, which of course requires a WAN engineer to assist with that specific aspect of the migration.

Azure training will help the enterprise equip themselves with both the skills and the tools necessary to transfer a lot of the former local processes and storage-based items on to the Azure platform.

Miscellaneous Database Transfer Setbacks

Depending on the size of the enterprise itself the database could either be based locally or the company may be using an external database to store both process foundations and various documents. Migrating to cloud-based platform such as Microsoft Azure, the enterprise may have to transfer either a single or the entirety of the databases in its position on to the cloud platform. Additionally, if the enterprise has a hybrid cloud system in place it would require the transfer of a few selected databases on to the cloud while the rest remain on premises. This creates quite the hassle in terms of database management due to the fact that an enterprise with minimal training on Microsoft Azure is likely to face setbacks during the migration process itself.

It is also important to consider the fact that over time, the development and operations teams will require not just a few applications but the entire application database to be moved on to the cloud platform. This means that compatibility issues between the applications and the Azure database are sure to arise, and they will have to be dealt with immediately in order to get the rest of the enterprise features on to the newer cloud platform. Microsoft Azure training will assist the personnel charged with the migration to address the compatibility issues beforehand.

Virtual Machine Transfer-related Issues

Virtual Machine are another very important feature that require immediate migration on to the cloud. One fortunate aspect of most Linux and Microsoft-based virtual machine is that they are immediately compatible with the majority of cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure. However, cloud engineers will still need to confirm whether each and every virtual machine that is being transferred is fully compatible with the new platform in order to avoid process setbacks in the future.

One advantage that cloud engineers have regarding VMs is that Microsoft Azure is actually a very stable and beneficial hosting platform for virtual machines.  with the right Microsoft Azure training delivered during the earliest stages of migration, teams can hope to experience a smooth transfer of all the virtual machines without any hindrances.

Enterprise-wide Azure Implementation

For an Azure implementation at a company-wide scale, there are any number of things that could go wrong at any step. Each team member is subject to human, software and process errors, which requires prior training for them to avoid.

Delivering MS Azure training to all the teams involved in the transfer will prevent any setbacks, thereby saving both time and financial resources which may be needed to recover from the migration disaster.  

About The Author
Ed
CEO, 360training and QuickStart

Ed Sattar

Sattar has invested 20 years in the e-learning industry and made significant contributions across multiple industries. His experience includes extensive research and consulting to convert training into high-impact personalize learning experiences for a modern learner. He innovated how to deliver compliance training through a learning management system without comprising learner retention. Most recently , he has developed a unique proprietary Instructional Delivery Methodology called QS Learn, embedded into the industry's first cognitive learning platform, CLIPP, which is based on artificial intelligence. During his tenure, he has identified key criteria and e-learning compliance standards that are currently being published and implemented.

Ed Sattar has been nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award three times and was among the top seven finalists in 2009. He has appeared on the Deloitte Fast 50 as the leader of the 6th fastest growing company in Texas, was awarded the Economic Engine award, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Award, was featured in CEO Monthly and got the companies listed in Inc 5000 several times as one of the fastest growing companies under his leadership.

Ed studied Electrical Engineering and Finance at the University of Texas at Austin.