You already know that migrating to the cloud will save your organization money and allow your users to collaborate more easily - but attempting the move without a plan can be counterproductive.
You need a strategy to make the move without subjecting your users to unnecessary downtime. We will help you with your plan and your migration.
Check Your Hardware Lifecycle Status. Built-in obsolescence is accelerated in technology products, so you likely already have a hardware lifecycle policy. If you have not already done so, you should integrate a cloud services roadmap into it so you can plan and budget for moving on-premises servers to the cloud.
Inventory Your Existing Infrastructure. Virtualization may have extended capacity and life of your servers , but there is a cost to keeping everything on-premise such as licensing, hardware resource consumption, and support infrastructure. Determine if you will need your current server for on-premise apps or if it can be repurposed.
Inventory Your Applications: Which of these will perform well in the cloud? Which ones need to be upgraded or replaced? Are there applications that would be better kept on-premises? Lab testing may be necessary to determine how legacy applications will work in a cloud environment.
Moving a virtiualized application server to the cloud may be relatively easy, but the app may have external dependencies (such as an on on-premises database or Active Directory dependency) that complicate the migration.
Internet bandwidth. Ensure your high-performance hosted application server has the bandwidth to accommodate it.
Whatever the size of your organization, note that virtualization will make your migration easier.