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Cloud Migration for Businesses Can Be a Challenge, Greenfield Migration Explained

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There are no two opinions about the fact that Cloud computing has changed the business landscape. The first step in enterprises adopting Cloud solutions is migration. Cloud migration refers to shifting the on-premise infrastructure to the cloud or migrating from one cloud to the other cloud. However, it is not as easy as it sounds and enterprises often face migration issues and there are various approaches enterprises can take when it comes to cloud migration. Enterprises often go for either Greenfield or Brownfield migration. In this article, we will address Greenfield migration for enterprises.   

Greenfield migration refers to the development and set-up of a completely new cloud infrastructure for the enterprise adopting cloud. The cloud infrastructure can be based on either public, private, or hybrid model. Greenfield migration entails enterprises starting afresh with no dependencies on the previous system. In Greenfield projects, the whole process starts from scratch, i.e., designing and strategizing for the migration starts from a blank slate. Further testing is conducted and new iterations are presented until every issue is resolved and the enterprise can be migrated smoothly to the cloud.  

Advantages of Greenfield Migration 

Before going for any migration process, enterprises need to set goals related to cost, scalability, and accessibility. Although Greenfield migration comes with many advantages, setting up goals will help the organization plan the transformation in advance and reap its full benefits. Let’s delve deeper into the primary advantages of Greenfield migration —  

  • Greenfield migration is entirely customizable. As the complete infrastructure is built from scratch, customization is possible in every step. Moreover, the organization can make improvements going ahead and ensure that their infrastructure is efficient, reliable, and even compliant from day one. 
  • The advantage of scalability in the cloud environment is further magnified with Greenfield migration. As applications are developed from scratch, enterprises can scale up or down based on their needs. This way, they only pay for the resources that are being used.  
  • With Greenfield migration, compatibility issues are greatly minimized as the whole cloud environment is built from grounds up. Since the legacy infrastructure is left behind, compatibility issues are minimal, and this saves time and effort.  

 Since cloud technology is highly dynamic, and newer additions are made by the day, enterprises need to remain updated with industry best practices. Greenfield migration makes this easy as organizations get a fresh environment that can be upgraded easily, ensuring that enterprises can rapidly innovate and stay ahead of the curve. 

Greenfield migration also helps enterprises optimize their infrastructure and processes for better performance. Further, the IT teams in the enterprises are not burdened and it frees up time for innovation.  

The success of the migration also depends on the effectiveness of an organization’s data management strategy. A productive strategy eases up the migration process, but if the strategy is not productive, it can lead to extensive reworking that increases costs and causes delays.  

Greenfield migration is generally favored by startups or other up and coming organizations as a lack of legacy infrastructure in their case makes grounds-up migration preferable. This is not to say that Greenfield migration is not suited for established enterprises as the organization can create an archive for the legacy infrastructure in the interim and completely switch to a cloud environment to stay competitive in their respective domains.  

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