Cloud Workload Planning



You�ve researched cloud providers and decided on one or more that will fit your needs, and now you need to plan your workload migration. It is time to gather a team and take a very close look at your workloads, users, access needs, security risks and, most importantly, budget. You also need to plan how you will scale your cloud solution as your business grows, and put an exit plan in place.

Migrating all or part of your business to the cloud will impact your organization in various ways, but you can minimize that impact by having a proper plan in place. Through hands-on exercises based on a case study, this course will take you through the planning stages for a variety of workloads.

You will leave this class with the tools and information you need to create a comprehensive migration plan for your company.

This course will be available in August 2017.

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  • IT project managers
  • Project managers
  • Project coordinators
  • IT project staff
  • Business analysts
  • Systems analysts
  • IT directors
  • Solution architects
  • Business unit leaders
  • Functional managers
  • Clients who have decided on a cloud vendor or vendors and who have been looking to our salespeople as the migration experts
  • Channel partners who sell cloud products whose clients are ready to migrate to the cloud


  • A basic understanding of cloud technology and the different types of service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and deployments (public, private, hybrid)
  • A basic understanding of what workloads you may want to migrate to the cloud
  • Knowledge of what vendor technologies you may be interested in using

Learning Objectives

  • Plan, test, and qualify a workload migration
  • User access and roles
  • Components, structure and scaling of a workload architecture
  • Prepare costing components and financial justification information to support transition planning
  • Build an incremental transition plan to bring over workloads a little at a time
  • Complete a planning template that identifies major and minor considerations appropriate to various workloads to migrate to the cloud
  • Determine security risks based on workload


Planning, Testing, and Qualifying the Workload Migration

  • Migration overview
  • The importance of migration planning
  • Deciding on a team
  • Planning for the unexpected and defining success/failure
  • Planning break points and an exit strategy
  • Migration methods
  • Introduce the case study and planning template tool

Understanding the Workload Architectures

  • What is the application? (vendor/title/version/patch levels)
  • Number of vendors and service/hosting models
  • Reference architectures
  • Structure and scaling

Workload Connectivity and Compliance

  • Access control and users
  • Regulatory compliance

Workload Performance, Availability, and Growth

  • Accessing and transferring the application data
  • Application performance and availability

Data Protection and Security

  • Data protection
  • Data recovery
  • Data encryption

Workload Management

  • Application owners
  • Job roles and training
  • External consultants

Financial Considerations

  • Licensing
  • Is it worth migrating?
  • Operational expenditures vs. capital expenditures
  • Additional costs