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Four benefits of the right expertise in migrating enterprise applications to cloud services

DeborahL

In addition to accelerating the creation of new cloud applications, public and private cloud resources hold great potential for improving performance and cutting the costs of traditional applications. Migrating the right traditional apps to the cloud can also bring new life and functionality that offers the enterprise additional benefits. It might seem ideal if you could just re-write and re-deploy all of your enterprise applications as agile, cloud-native applications, but that’s obviously not practical. You need to select the right applications that will gain the most business benefit from a migration to the cloud—and have a plan and resources to get the job done.

 

Four benefits of the right app transformation expertise:

  1. Reduces business disruption: While you likely have some great in-house IT expertise, there are many reasons to bring in external help to get traditional apps to the cloud. Some of the reasons boil down to the simple adage, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Most internal IT departments are staffed to manage the current applications as they are currently deployed and don’t have the range of experience needed for a complicated cloud services migration effort. In addition, expecting your existing IT staff to keep everything running, while taking on complex application migration projects, is a good recipe for a less than perfect application migration—and introduces the risk of a very probable business disruption. It’s hard to focus on all the details of a migration project while keeping the business up and running on the existing environment.
  2. Reduces the risk to your business: Professionals who do nothing but move traditional apps to private and public clouds are able to leverage a wealth of cross-industry/cross-customer experience. Their expertise is invaluable in helping decide which applications are the best to move, how to move the applications, manage the move of the applications and bring the new applications on line with the least disruption to the business. Cloud application migration experts are able to leverage the knowledge and experience gained across 1000’s of clients, giving them clear line of sight on how to get the job done—and get it done effectively and efficiently. This expertise will save you time, money and reduce business risk. Offloading responsibility and risk to a migration partner gives you “one throat to choke” and gets the apps deployed right the first time and at the budgeted price.
  3. Brings skill and experience in making app migration decisions: Most cloud services are geared to web based applications using http protocol and API connections. Traditional apps are not usually architected to easily convert to web-based apps. 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 apps are fit for private cloud or public cloud and not all apps need to be virtualized. Just being able to assess the apps 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 app 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.
  4. Adds multi-level project expertise: The right expertise includes having a technical knowhow of cloud application development and deployment. There are large organizational and cultural shifts required for IT staff and users that must be managed. Successful migrations must also have a team well-versed in enterprise systems/applications architectures and how to manage applications across cloud and traditional IT environments. 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 to 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

HPE Workload Portability Services and HPE Helion Applications Transformation Services provide turnkey solutions for application migration discovery, mapping, and enablement. They are cloud agnostic services that provide expertise at all levels, both technical and business. For customers adopting cloud, and heavily investing in onboarding their mission-critical IT workloads to hybrid platforms, it becomes important they use proven methodologies, processes, and tools that ensure a successful transformation. HPE workload migration and portability services 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. HPE Helion Applications Transformation services provide the HPE experts and best practices to assess, modernize, and integrate your apps for the cloud and can manage them once the transformation is complete. It’s the right expertise to transform your enterprise with hybrid cloud resources. HPE knows what’s new—and proven—in the industry.

 

Transform with the right expertise

Transforming to a hybrid infrastructure enhances and increases manageability of applications, workloads, and services across traditional, private, and public cloud environments. Migrating traditional apps 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. HPE believes that the resulting hybrid platform is not a one-size-fits-all answer. HPE believes that the key is finding the right mix—your right mix—of IT platforms to accelerate your unique enterprise forward. Transform faster, while reducing time and risk, with the right expertise from HPE. See how WIND Telecom S.A. transformed their business with HPE Helion migration services and solutions.

 

Recommended Resources:

Read the latest report from Gartner for recommendations on when to move your applications to the private or public cloud.

For more information and resources on harnessing the cloud for your traditional applications, explore the move traditional apps to cloud use case site.

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About the Author

DeborahL

Deborah Martin is a cloud enthusiast with over 7 years in creating cloud solutions for multiple industries and business needs. She is part of the HPE Helion team that works to promote and educate on solutions for key business use cases for cloud computing

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