As per Accenture’s cloud trends report for 2021 and beyond, the effects of the pandemic and the rise of remote work have increased the need and desire for cloud capabilities. Enterprises are continuing to look to various cloud computing models to move away from costly on-premises environments and take advantage of the ability to more innovatively leverage data captured. However, the shift is far from painless.
As cloud spending continues to grow, cost optimization both for moving applications to the cloud as well as operating them post the move has become critical. In addition, the movement of these applications can lead to significant business disruption as no move from one infrastructure approach to another is going to be seamless.
There seem to be 2 common methods for moving applications from on-premises servers to a cloud-based infrastructure:
- Lift and Shift (Rehosting). Applications are moved to the cloud with as little intervention as possible. Changes are avoided unless absolutely necessary, and the migration goes as far as to move existing application management services from the data center to the cloud. This is the simplest route to take, but it does not deliver any real value except it might reduce application running costs in the short term. Moreover, an organization cannot fully take advantage of cloud-based tools and ultimately will not reap as many long-term benefits.
- Application Migration. Applications are evaluated and either optimized and modernized to take advantage of cloud capabilities or outsourced to an external party that provides and manages cloud-based software with similar functionality. This approach can be more time-consuming but ensures that your new applications do not carry over any unnecessary clutter from your legacy applications that can result in performance degradations and unnecessary expenses. It also ensures that they take full advantage of the benefits such as increased developer productivity and application scalability.
EvolveWare’s Intellisys platform provides value and cost efficiencies for both methods. First, the platform’s documentation generation capabilities will enable the organization to understand the scope and complexity of the application so that the organization is able to make a decision on how best to move the application to the cloud based on needs. Then, if application migration is the chosen option, Intellisys has platform capabilities such as the ability to deactivate dead code and update variable naming that allow organizations to optimize the application. The platform also then is able to intelligently transform the application’s source language to a version written in a modern language at 75%-90% automatic completion. This allows the organization to quickly create web services that can then be deployed to the cloud. In addition, Intellisys does not add any proprietary content, so organizations are able to maintain these services with standard development environments.
Cloud migration as a trend is here to stay. But understanding your options and taking the time to assess how best to migrate for your business can be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful cloud project. The Intellisys platform provides you with a comprehensive toolset to make and then execute on those decisions.