Good governance and a sound operational model are critical for cloud success. Yet, organisations often fail to prioritise these factors, resulting in increased costs, longer migration cycles, and high cross-team interdependencies.

In such scenarios, landing zones act as a sound starting point to help organisations meet the needs of a successful cloud migration. Landing zones serve as a convenient place to keep your data and resources secure while the migration is in process and incorporates best practices followed by leading operating and governance models. 

This article highlights the importance of building landing zones to a successful cloud migration project, especially relevant to a Microsoft environment.


What makes Landing Zones imperative for a successful cloud migration?

A landing zone operates like a factory model with a standard set of network configurations, security and automation. Building one is essential for organisations to see which governance models would best suit their practices

Some of the benefits of building a cloud landing zone include:

  • Lower costs – Quick transfer of all your data and little to no need for manual handling as the entire process is automated, saving time and money.
  • Automation – Implementing a standard set of policies for security, compliance and cost optimisation enhances the cloud migration process and reduces costs. 
  • Multiple Account Creation – Multiple accounts provide a greater level of segregation and organisation between different work projects. With a landing zone, you can create more than one account based on your business and environments.
  • Well-Defined Operating Model – Achieve greater speed, efficiency and agility through a systematic shared network. 


How to create Landing Zones cost-effectively

Lack of a systematic cloud migration strategy can lead to higher costs and longer migration cycles. It is therefore important to ensure that cloud migration journeys are flexible, well-thought-out and agile. 

The following tenets of the Azure cloud migration process can help you achieve your goals without incurring additional costs: 

Flexibility – An effective cloud migration strategy involves a secure data transfer system among various applications and security components. The control of data, therefore, should be handled effectively, keeping in mind questions such as, Who should be able to access the data? What devices are going to be needed? What are the unique business requirements of each organisation?

Security – Corporations with remote employees should deploy high-performance security technologies such as web gateways delivered directly via cloud. This sort of flexibility ensures that remote workers have secure access to cloud applications. Ideally, your organisation should look for vendors that can deploy maximum security layers within your data according to your organisation’s evolving requirements. 

Accessibility – It is essential to create policies and procedures to ensure that users can only access specific information. Specify user domains, user ID’s, network configuration and password systems.

Automation – An automated system ensures that your process is repeatable and continually evolving according to your enterprise requirements. The absence of a good automation service will hinder future developments in your migration process, leading to increased cloud migration costs. 

Protection and recovery – Cloud management teams should always anticipate a potential workload outage. As an organisation starts with their cloud migration process, teams should work out a backup plan to protect data in case of a system failure. Preparation allows teams to identify failures and recover quickly. Management should focus on the longest retainable RPO/RTO (Recovery Point Objectives/Recovery Time Objectives) to minimise costs.


Why are Azure Landing Zones a viable option?

The Azure cloud migration process offers robust security, network configuration, automation and flexibility for successful migration of all your data. 

Not only do you get a birds-eye view of cloud control and cloud management, but an Azure landing zone also offers the flexibility to make multiple accounts for segregation at a high level. You can define the creation of accounts by the compliance, environment, and business needs of your organisation. 

Moreover, Azure’s Lift-Shift policy can further simplify the migration process. It lets all applications and data get transferred from the source to the Azure landing zone without impacting the underlying application settings. This means that users can transfer data quickly and easily with fewer technical breakdowns.

Using an Azure migration process also allows users the opportunity to revamp their applications. They can modify and optimise apps to the cloud platform with improved agility and resilience. 

Additionally, it can also reduce the number of repetitive tasks, providing opportunities for IT staff to use their expertise in different areas. 


Make the right choice for your business

With Azure Recovery Services, cloud management teams can keep their data safe and recoverable in the Azure backup service. In case of a workload outage at your primary site, you can access your applications from the secondary location. Once you have resolved the outage, you can switch over to the primary location. 

The process also requires an understanding of operational management, IT management and partnership with businesses. Some organisations will depend heavily on relational database systems like SQL Server and Oracle, while other enterprises may be hosting virtual machines (VMs) and containers for line of business applications.

To get the most out of Azure, it is crucial to map out management services that are being offered and see if they align with your organisation’s requirements.


Azure Landing Zones and Centorrino Technologies

A landing zone can not only improve the quality and speed of service delivery, but it also offers better agility due to a well-defined operating model. The reduced operational cloud costs and increased network resilience and enhanced governance are desirable by-products of using a reliable landing zone, such as the Azure landing zones. 

Our team of Microsoft Azure experts can work with your organisation to support you throughout your cloud migration. If you would like to learn more about our capabilities in the Public Cloud, please get in touch.