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Migrating From VMs to Compute Engine

While you are moving to cloud, it is very important to consider tiny things which can makes your whole journey of things going worse. Migration to cloud is a simple thing having few minor steps to follow. But you should know the pros and cons of that.

Migrating From VMs to Compute Engine

While you are moving to cloud, it is very important to consider tiny things which can makes your whole journey of things going worse. Migration to cloud is a simple thing having few minor steps to follow. But you should know the pros and cons of that. So today i am going to share why it is important for everyone to move their Virtual Machines(VMs) to move to Compute Engine and what we should be concerned about.

What is a Virtual Machine

These are the machines which are based on computer architecture and usually provides the functionality of of a physical computer. It may involve the implementations of specialised software or hardware and as well as the combination of both.

What is a Compute Engine

It is an Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS) which offers and allows clients to run workloads on Google's physical hardware. It provides a scalable number of VMs to serve large compute clusters for this purpose.

Why Migrate To Compute Engine

As we all know that while migrating your VMs it requires computing resources along with many other services that makes your application work. They maybe like Databases, Analytics, Messaging and many more. So as you are concerned about where to run these VMs, here we go with the compute engine with many more benefits adding on to these.

  • Agility  

Most people see this as in a quick improvement in agility as you can create VMs instantly and you really do not have to wait for resources to get allocated and provisioned. You can immediately spin up your applications, do experiments with them and turn them off when necessary.

  • Reduced Overhead

Our Data centers usually requires many different vendors, each with their own relationships, billing models and contracts. Moving to cloud can significantly reduce your overhead. Your staff or any other person no longer have to deal with the management overhead of running a data center and can focus on what makes your business thrive.

  • Cost Reduction  

By sustained use of discount on compute engine VMs, costs can significantly be lower than managing hardware or VMs in a data center. While migrating from different cloud to GCP you can take advantages of this.

            Once you have done with migrating to compute engine, here are few more things you need to look after for your journey towards compute engine.

  • Cost Calculation

Before you actually move your VMs you need to consider the cost to move, for this you need to evaluate the cost of whatever you are currently running on the data centers or the existing cloud environments.

  • Assessing the VMs to Migrate

When you are done with evaluating the cost of the move, you need to go for which VMs to move. In modern enterprises there are various kinds of applications running on VMs, and it really doesn't make any sense of moving all together at the same time to cloud.      

  • Scheming the Migration

After you have decided which VMs to move, you need to work upon your cloud environment before moving in anything. Firstly you need to compare your current environment with GCP. Then you can go ahead to plan how your GCP is going to work like.

          Now we come to the final part of migration. Here we are going to know the path to be followed for migration.

  • Establishing Governance

Foremost thing you need to work upon is whom in your company you are going to give the authentication for creating, modifying, accessing and destroying cloud resources. You should also need to evaluate how resources will be paid for.

  • Creating a Network

For moving your VMs, the network they migrate to must exist. Similar to permissions and accounts, it is necessary to create a network in advance. As establishing procedures after applications are in flight would be difficult.

  • Plan for Operations

After you have successfully completed all the above steps you want to monitor you VMs, retain logs, and operationally manage them. As you just do them in any of your environment. You must think about all these operations while doing your advanced planning to make sure you do not get any surprises after migrating.

  • Migrating your VMs to Cloud

Finally you must move your first VMs. The very first migration will serve you as a template for your future migrations. You will surely refine your processes for further migrations, but it is very important to record everything you do for the first migration in particular.

           These were some tips for you to know how to migrate your VMs on cloud with various benefits and easy to implement and few key points you should think before doing so.