Cloud Migration Blog
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?
Oracle and RiverMeadow have been teaming to create a solution to help accelerate the on boarding of applications and services into the new offerings within Oracle's Cloud. As more and more enterprises are seeing the value of cloud and are looking for a partner to help, Oracle is an ideal candidate : who better than Oracle knows how to run Oracle software? In Thomas Kurian's keynote speech on September 30, Kurian showed a demonstration of this joint solution. An example application system, with 2 Oracle EBS platforms and an Oracle 11g Database, was migrated from an on-premise deployment into the Oracle cloud. The database was moved into the Oracle Cloud DB-as-a-Service, using the data pump functions of the database, while the application tier servers were moved with the RiverMeadow SaaS migration platform.
This collaboration is a significant step in the evolution of Cloud. Oracle, the leading vendor of Enterprise software, providing Oracle-class cloud services and enabling the rapid adoption of it via the RiverMeadow solution will ensure that Enterprise IT teams will have the ability to leverage the expertise of the inventors of the software that they use when they want to run it in an Enterprise-grade cloud.
RiverMeadow Software is very excited to be part of this. RiverMeadow for Oracle Cloud
The adoption of Cloud, specifically private and public IaaS cloud, up to this point have been heavily dominated by "greenfield" type use cases: applications and their corresponding infrastructure elements being created and configured from scratch in the Cloud data center. For established IT organizations this is a natural and understandable approach to a new technology. Various test cases need to be conducted and results analyzed before wholesale adoption of something as disruptive as Cloud can happen. Of course businesses without established environments and the luggage they carry can start from the scratch with Cloud – Netflix plus Amazon being the highest profile example.
As Cloud technologies and services mature, and as IT organizations gain more experience, need will naturally develop to move existing application environments ("brownfield") into public and private cloud environments. Clearly this benefits cloud providers by accelerating their adoption and occupancy rate, and it will help IT organization to more quickly transition their infrastructure to Cloud. A key question that will determine the adoption curve for brownfield migration is the cost – particularly the cost of migrating existing infrastructure and applications compared to rebuilding from net-new.
When the cloud first became a business opportunity, firms used it to launch new applications and services. That is changing now, however, as the cloud has found more widespread adoption and there’s the need to move from one cloud to another and consolidate various servers into a tighter cloud package. Click here to read the full article by Mae Kowalke from Info Tech Spotlight.
Migrating to the cloud may seem like a straightforward proposition, but in truth, data migration is a fairly complicated and complex process. In order to ensure that your data migration project is successful, it is important to identify any potential challenges and risks well in advance.