At the end of last year I was given the task to move an infrastructure spread on various providers (cloud and physical servers) to a new cloud. My role was to discover the entire infrastructure and services communication, come up with a strategy of how things are going to take place, then manage and supervise the sysadmin in charge of effectively moving machines. This was a production environment, so minimum down time was desired. Most of the work was during night time.
It was a challenge from day zero, being a legacy multi component system with no specific flow. I had high level knowledge of the project, but subtle info came up every day. And I learned and used some things that I’d like to mention.
Planning everything ahead
I took each component (or group of components where required) individually and wrote down on a whiteboard their role, technologies, firewalls, running processes, storage info, communication flow with the other components, and a step-by-step process of how the migration should go. Continue reading Migrating an infrastructure