Migrating Databases to the Cloud can be fairly straightforward. Many tools and patterns exist which will aid in the migration of VMs, data and help map out current dependencies. Please note that databases should not be re-platformed until the current estate dependencies are known. For some reason most large firms lack the documentation and patience to do this, and have caused serious business issues when dependencies are broken. Below is a summary of best practices when re-platforming and ‘transforming’ database systems.