Skilled and experienced application migration decision-makers: Most cloud services are geared to web based applications using http protocol and API connections. Traditional applications are not usually architected to easily convert to web-based applications. They are designed for backend transaction processing using proprietary protocols. Trying to write some middleware that converts the legacy protocols to cloud protocols takes time to write and usually provides a suboptimal result. Further, not all of the applications are fit for private cloud or public cloud and not all applications need to be virtualized.
Just being able to assess the applications that are "best to move", is a skill based on experience. Applications need to be selected based on suitability for cloud services deployment, the platform required for cloud deployment and whether they really qualify for cloud services at all. If it's determined that an application is not suitable for cloud, what do you do with it? Retire it? Redeploy on more efficient hardware? Again, significant expertise is needed to help make the right decisions.
Making the most of multi-level project expertise: The right expertise includes having a technical know-how of cloud application development and deployment. Successful migrations must also have a team well-versed in enterprise systems/applications architectures and that understands how to manage applications across cloud and traditional IT environments. There are also large organizational and cultural shifts required for IT staff and users that must be managed.
The end-applications need to take into account the specific enterprise's organizational culture. Finally, significant project management skills are required for an enterprise size transformation. Many organizations will find they do not have the time, experience or expertise to devote to core enterprise applications migration. In addition to the required technology layers, the enterprise can find great value in a migration partner who can fill these gaps who also has knowledge of and access to tools that support and speed up the migration process.
Putting proven expertise to work for you
For customers adopting cloud, and heavily investing in onboarding their mission-critical IT workloads to hybrid platforms, it becomes important they use proven expertise, methodologies, processes, and tools that ensure a successful transformation. Businesses need to select a partner that can provide best practices and expertise cultivated from numerous customer migrations that move the right application workloads to your right mix of hybrid infrastructure in a fast and risk-mitigated manner. This partner should also be capable of assessing, modernizing, and integrating your applications for the cloud and be able to manage them once the transformation of your enterprise with hybrid cloud resources is complete.
Transforming with the Right Mix
Transforming to a hybrid infrastructure enhances and increases manageability of applications, workloads, and services across traditional, private, and public cloud environments. Migrating traditional applications to cloud services is about finding ways to improve application performance, cost, and agility. It involves matching each application and workload to the right IT platform. Every hybrid platform is unique, and is never a one-size-fits all solution. By finding the right mix of IT platforms to accelerate your unique enterprise, your business will be able to transform faster, while reducing time and risk, with the right partner to deliver the knowledge and expertise.
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