Migrating your GIS to AWS, Azure or any cloud solutions provider is accomplished in phases. Here is a brief overview of the methodology we use at ROK. Keep in mind that there are several steps within each phase, but this will give you an overview of what needs to take place.
- Phase I: Spin up and configure the cloud environment you will use to support your software. Apply security, backup and retention policies.
- Phase II: Install and configure your Esri Software. Deploy Virtual Desktop Instances.
- Phase III: Migrate your GIS … this is a great opportunity to “clean the closets” and ensure you are only migrating what you need. We generally start migration planning in Phase I.
- Phase IV: Cut Over to your new Cloud GIS environment. The entire process timeline varies depending on the complexity of your environment. As a very general rule you should budget 8-10 weeks.