Types of cloud migration tools
Cloud providers and third-party vendors alike offer a number of open source, cloud-based, and/or automated tools and services designed to:
Help prepare for cloud migration
Monitor and manage its progress
Validate post-migration success
Let’s run through a few essentials.
Application performance management (APM)
Bear in mind that while cloud vendors provide access to a rich set of metrics for responding to changes in your cloud environment, these metrics are not usually in the context of the overall application. You’ll need a separate monitoring solution for that level of visibility. Using a solution like AppDynamics APM, you can make real-time correlations between cloud service utilization, application performance, and end-user experience.
Business intelligence monitoring
This is the type of tool you’ll need to prove cloud migration benefits. Look for a tool like AppDynamics Business iQ, which can track business transactions, simulate the user experience during each phase of your migration project, optimize business performance accordingly, and compare pre- and post-move performance baselines from both a technical and business perspective to reveal the true impact on your bottom line.
Unified monitoring is an emerging capability that provides complete visibility into your entire application ecosystem — end user, application, database, infrastructure, and supporting components — running on-premises and in the cloud. With full insight into everything that matters end to end, you can more easily detect cloud migration issues that would usually lead to war-room calls.
Be sure to choose tools that integrate with your operating systems and platforms. The cloud monitoring capabilities you need down the line might even determine which cloud provider you opt for today.