In October 2021, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) senior officials confirmed progress on the ongoing implementation of the Defense Enterprise Office Solution, or DEOS. The mission of the DEOS is to provide cloud-based tools to the Department of Defense, including the DOD 365 Joint, DOD365-J. This secured Microsoft Office 365 environment will house the agencies not part of the military, intelligence community, or combatant commands. DISA Public Affairs Specialist, Dillon McConnell, commented, “DOD365-Joint has approximately 330,000 total mailboxes planned to be migrated to the tenant by the end of [the fiscal year 2022].”
As agencies continue to move their IT environments from being on-premises to the cloud, there are several factors to keep in mind to ensure the transition runs smoothly. Sean Martinez, Technical Account Manager at SolarWinds, shared his tips for seamless cloud migration. His points included observability to maintain effective operations and identify faults and continuous monitoring prior to the migration to have increased visibility that can help resolve issues as they arise.
When moving your agency’s systems from on-premises into the cloud, essential applications like Office 365 should not be lost in the shuffle. Agencies need to maintain control over their hybrid IT environment during the transition. To help combat this, organizations can employ observability solutions to intelligently monitor, analyze, notify, and report on IT and service usage, availability, and digital experience. Observability is essential to help ensure efficiency, proactive management, and optimized service delivery. There will inevitably be issues as organizations migrate services to the cloud, and observability provides the proactive notifications, operational insights, and expedited workflows to help ensure mission resiliency and compliancy – keeping track of performance and availability throughout the move.
Continuous monitoring during the evaluation, deployment, or migration to the cloud is important during the agency’s move. This is especially the case when migration can be delayed if users doubt whether the systems worked best before the transition. Continuous monitoring and observability provide the tools agencies need for increased visibility and management over their workloads.
Watch Martinez’s latest webinar to find out the other ways agencies can help their transition to the cloud.