Ep 3 – Lift Off: Telcos moving to the public cloud – beware of lift and shift

This week’s guest

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Forrest Brazeal

Senior Manager A Cloud Guru

You’ve decided to move to the public cloud using a lift and shift strategy as a starting point. Your plan is to pick up your applications, plop them into the cloud, and let your IT team figure out the rest. TA-DA!

Uh, yeah, no. Successful cloud migration demands a clear view of where you’re headed and why, and how you’re going to get there. Without these, your lift and shift is a ticking time bomb. Things will look great at the beginning, but as time goes on, KABOOM!

In this episode, I talk with cloud architect and all-around fascinating guy, Forrest Brazeal. He wrote a great piece for A Cloud Guru called “The Lift and Shift Shot Clock.” It talks about the limitations of a lift and shift strategy, the importance of setting a game plan, and what telcos can do to beat the buzzer. Spoiler alert: Make sure you listen all the way to the end. Forrest and I laid down an epic cloud rap battle!

Listen to our conversation to learn:

  • why companies lift and shift in the first place [3:43],
  • keys to migration success [5:51],
  • and when a poor migration plan will start to hurt and why [8:07].
  • We also talk about the importance of cultivating a cloud culture [10:32].
  • And if you’re a telco exec, find out how you can get a free copy of Forrest’s book, The Read Aloud Cloud [14:02].

Guest bio

Forrest Brazeal is an enterprise cloud architect, speaker, and community advocate. Currently a senior manager at A Cloud Guru, he spent years designing applications for the cloud at Infor and Trek10. One of the original AWS Serverless Heroes, Forrest was also named one of Jefferson Frank’s Top 7 Global AWS Experts in 2019. His first book, The Read Aloud Cloud, is available from Wiley & Sons. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Tech and is a certified AWS Solutions Architect Professional.

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