How long it takes to move a workload to the cloud


I get this question all the time: How long will it take to move a certain number of applications to the cloud? Of course, they get the standard consultant answer: “It depends.” 

But there are some rules of thumb that you can apply to get a general understanding how much work will be involved to make the migration. These rules of thumb deal with function and object points, complexity, data coupling, and use of cloud-native features.

Many enterprises look to move applications without modification, aka “lift and shift.” This means you can’t take advantage of cloud-native features, such as identity management, asset management, or governance, but you’re willing to sacrifice cloud-native for speed.

If you go in this direction, which is not always the best, it will take you about two to three days with two or three developers and DBAs to port the code and the data. Multiply that by 100, subtract the time improvements as you learn, and you’ll get 100 workloads into the public cloud in about 200 days, give or take a week.