10 questions to ask yourself when migrating to Google Cloud

How to assess, plan, and migrate

Travis Webb
2 min readJan 15, 2020


My team and I published a new guide on Building your Google Cloud Foundation in a series of articles on migrating to Google Cloud, where we pose a number of important questions and considerations to take into account when planning your migration.

In this blog article, I summarize some of the big questions to ask yourself when migrating to Google Cloud.

1. How well do I understand Google Cloud’s Terms of Service?

Always read the terms of service! It’s important that you understand how responsibilities are shared between you and Google. It’s not a bad read, I promise.

2. How does my existing organization structure map to Google Cloud?

Conway’s law is real. Make sure all concerned teams are informed and onboard with your cloud transformation.

3. Who will administer access to resources in Google Cloud?

One of the most important questions for any business is “who holds the keys to the kingdom?” Understand your options for delegating access and managing credentials in Google Cloud.

4. How do my existing workloads map to Google Cloud’s compute offerings?

You probably have a wide variety of applications running now, and there are many options to consider when choosing the right migration target for each one. Understand when to migrate vs. modernize, and which Google Cloud services are right for each workload.

5. How do I adopt and implement a modern Zero-Trust Security model?

The way you architect systems for security may change in Google Cloud. Understand and follow our security best practices.

6. How will I monitor and manage by workloads deployed in the cloud?

Google Cloud gives you new capabilities for monitoring your devices for performance and security. You also may want to leverage the solution you’ve been using for years. Know your options, and monitor everything.

7. What is the best way for users to provision new resources in Google Cloud?

The way you provision and manage resources in the cloud may change. Make sure your IT staff is up to speed on best practices for provisioning resources in Google Cloud.

8. How can I ensure my users remain in continuous compliance with my business policies?

Managing IT assets in the cloud is different than in a datacenter, and it’s important to establish and enforce sensible policies.

9. What is the best way to train my teams to operate in a cloud environment?

Your journey to the cloud will breed new skills and new ideas, and you want your team to be a part of the transformation. Learn how to include, train, and support them throughout the process.

10. Where can I go for help during my migration?

You’re not alone! Experts at Google have worked with many companies during their journey to the cloud. Google Cloud Support is available to help.

Check out our solution guide for more thought-provoking questions and considerations, and strategies on how to answer them for your situation.



Travis Webb

Solutions Architect at Google