App Modernization & Cloud Migration: A Methodical Approach to Boost Business

October 17, 2022

Modernizing via cloud databases lowers operational overheads and offers high long-term value by driving growth. There is a higher level of scalability due to more agile and flexible business processes. Thus, the ability to innovate faster and meet the increasing resource demands with ease.

Cloud databases foster business intelligence via an agile environment that provides technological access, allowing organizations to respond swiftly to business opportunities, innovate quicker, and be more competitive. They enable data-heavy companies to leverage the benefits of the Cloud by migrating application workloads to virtual data centers. This could be a partial or complete shifting of mission-critical operations from a legacy or on-premises setup to the remote data center or one provider to another via cloud-based Infrastructure.

Organizations save on resources and experience a steady spike in performance through improved digital experience and quick application updates. Companies like Fulcrum, in collaboration with public service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), specialize in building and managing modern infrastructure solutions. Helping organizations achieve success on their application modernization journey.

How Cloud Migration benefits your business

Cloud service-based databases boost efficiency while managing risks and mitigating costs, helping IT leaders plan, execute, and monitor a relational database in the Cloud. Making setting up, operating, and scalability more effortless. Along with the resizing capacity, they reduce costs by automating tedious tasks like hardware provisioning, database setup, patching, and backups.

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There are manifold advantages of cloud migration and deployment. The databases help you understand your object data usage and growth and estimate the ROI of AWS storage in your environment. It provides access to the moved data as files without stubs or agents, minimizing complexity and scaling on demand. You can also deliver native data entry in the Cloud without lock-ins with cloud databases.

IT managers want an infrastructure that is standardized, modernized, and repeatable. Moving some or all the enterprise applications to a multi-cloud or hybrid environment lets businesses do that by offering hyper-scale public cloud options that drive growth and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Cloud migrations are becoming more commonplace as companies want to save on the operational costs of deployment. Operating in the Cloud is beneficial when software is engineered specifically for the Cloud and has the foundations for high-resolution scalability. One method is using Containers that can scale seamlessly in a Cloud environment. Non-adherence to these principles can lead to forced scalability of an unprepared, typically massive system that is ridiculously expensive.

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Strategize and plan to mitigate challenges

A universal vision founded on an in-depth portfolio analysis to gauge where the Cloud fits into your enterprise’s overall IT strategy is pertinent for a successful migration. The entire process requires careful thought and systematic planning. The lack of a clear strategy based on business objectives is a strict no-no.

IT portfolios are a mix of critical and non-critical systems. Identifying portfolio elements for migration is a qualification process. The first criterion decides whether that system is engineered to run on the Cloud and entails modernizing your apps and software to be Cloud appropriate. There are many approaches to modernizing and migrating your data, applications, databases, and IT processes to the Cloud. Options include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).

A good strategy requires using appropriate tools for migration. An array of cloud migration tools is on offer to easily automate and streamline data movement from an existing storage system to the Cloud. A standard migration can include various steps such as

  • Identifying and assessing existing applications
  • Isolating which legacy applications to migrate
  • Determining your TCO
  • Evaluating the Project Duration
  • Recognizing potential risks

Leveraging the cloud to maximize output

Moving software ill-suited to leverage the Cloud into a Cloud environment is a blunder and can only lead to operational inefficiency. Even Cloud subscriptions play a limited role and can be useful in certain circumstances if not all. Ineffective selection of migration approaches and planning, in some cases, have led to an exponential increase in IT expenditure. Seeking supervisory compliance in your new environment must be considered, besides ensuring that you meet your current benchmarks for performance and availability should your RPO (Recovery Point Objectives) and RTO (Recovery Time Objectives) change.

As the primary benefits of the Cloud are on-demand resiliency and high-resolution scalability, shifting massive software to the Cloud defeats migration’s very purpose. Therefore, it is prudent to have a backup plan to help you avoid unnecessary disruptions in your business operations.

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Understand your business needs first and then act

Being mindful of your organization’s business and technical needs is crucial. When you decide to automate numerous services like data storage, servers, software, and databases, only focusing on the technology aspect can be unrewarding. Public providers enable enterprises big and small to minimize or even avoid upfront IT infrastructure costs. It gets their applications up and running faster and enables their IT teams to manage resources flexibly per the demand, which is often changeable and unpredictable.

With the Cloud’s enhanced security competencies compared to legacy infrastructures, it is a preferred and safe route for storing mission-critical data. Aside from real-time monitoring, you can assess and evaluate the security of the data at rest in your new environment functions and meets HIPAA, GDPR, and other regulatory compliance laws.

Moreover, it is vital to determine gaps between your current architecture and the target migration architecture. Thanks to the global pandemic, the market is gaining popularity, with several IT security and risk management companies focusing their R&D efforts on cloud computing security.

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