Cloud Migration Blog
By Richard Scannell, CEO, RiverMeadow Software
By Shahin Pirooz, CTO, RiverMeadow Software
As IT professionals, a lot has changed in our world over the last 20 years. With each significant shift, some of us have jumped in with both feet while others have tepidly tested the water with a single toe, and some were dragged along kicking and screaming.
We’ve gone from being the only ones who knew how to build and manage servers to becoming consumers of clouds. We went from being sys admins that did everything once and then forgot it to embracing DevOps to automate our world. We’re no longer perceived as the choke point for implementing new technologies; instead, we’ve become the enablers—the most important part of the product development value chain.
Here we are. Yet this is only the beginning.
New Strategic Partnerships and Significant Updates to the RiverMeadow SaaS Strengthen Company’s Leadership Position in the Cloud Mobility Market
San Jose, Calif., January 21, 2015 – RiverMeadow Software™ Inc., developer of the world’s only automated cloud onboarding and workload mobility platform developed specifically for carrier and service provider clouds, continues to build momentum as the global leader in secure cloud migration. With its reliable and proficient Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, RiverMeadow enables fast, secure and automated cloud onboarding from any source to any cloud destination. Corporate growth was driven in 2014 by significant product updates, new global partnerships, strategic executive hires and a continued commitment to customer excellence.
Not unlike moving from your current home to a new one, migrating from one Cloud to another can be disruptive, costly and challenging. In fact, to achieve your current Cloud configuration, you had to develop processes, ensure proper personal were in place, implemented the correct set of tools, and contracted with a particular Cloud vendor. Moving your workload and assets to another Cloud provider will necessitate revisiting all of these steps, along with their associated costs. The overwhelming challenge of making such changes can leave many organizations feeling painted into a corner with few palatable choices, essentially locked-in to their existing Cloud vendor.
As today’s leading brand-name hypervisors continue to evolve and improve, adding new features and functionality, the cost of this invaluable technology is also rising. Clearly, the big-name commercially-available platforms offer significant value, providing advanced management, processes and tools, along with a high level of support that creates tremendous comfort for users. However, as organizations look to curb IT costs, exploring open-source hypervisors as an alternate model, it is important to be aware of key differences and limitations.
- Features and Functions May not be Available
The features and functions you have come to know and love in your off-the-shelf hypervisor may simply not be available in an open-source platform. Open-source systems tend to be more immature, which may leave you with the prospect of having to write this missing capability yourself. This alone may change the cost/benefit equation.
Mergers, acquisitions, and even divestitures can present critical opportunities to migrate and consolidate (M&C) systems, allowing an organization to realize cost savings across respective entities. Yet, how the newly combined infrastructures will match-up is seldom a major consideration when consummating these types of transactions. M&A activities can present a compelling case for moving workloads to cloud, but several important considerations should be taken into account.
The reasons for moving business applications to the cloud are plentiful. However, along with the pluses come some minuses. Unfortunately, organizations can run into roadblocks during their migration projects. The critical question is why? As with many business-critical projects, the devil is in the details.
A tremendous amount has been written about the Cloud and how it’s going to revolutionize all of IT. This conversation goes back several years, and while the Cloud is a major driver in consumer-oriented business, (think Apple, Photo Sites) the enterprise has been a little more cautious in it's adoption. Many “greenfield” workloads have been set up in Amazon and other public Cloud providers, however wholesale migration to the Cloud has been lagging.
There are several reasons for this, all of which speak to the challenges that any major paradigm shifts can run in to. With that said, the time is now for entire departments and environments to move to the Cloud. The drivers here may be server refresh, equipment coming off lease, M&A or data center consolidation. Net/Net the same things that have been driving infrastructure change in the past. The major issues that will need to be addressed to facilitate this change are the following:
Successful migration of a workload to cloud is by any measure no small accomplishment. Congratulations are clearly in order. To have made it this far, you developed an effective migration strategy, picked the right migration partner, and chose the right migration platform. Now a larger question looms. What comes next? How can you leverage this success? How can you capture the experience of your successful migration to bring additional workloads into cloud in the future?