Migrating to the Cloud Without the Hassle
Author:CSC Town Hall
Moving legacy systems to the cloud doesn’t need to be a big hassle. Organizations can make use of a new generation of tools and more rigorous migration practices to move large workloads to private and public clouds faster and more efficiently than ever before. Join this panel of experts with dozens of successful migrations under their belts to find out what works – and what doesn’t.
- Bowman Hall, General Manager, Cloud, CSC
- Rolf Wagner, Director, Cloud Migration, CSC
- Lawrence Guillory, CEO, Racemi
- Jeff Caruso, Senior Managing Editor, CSC
Migrating to the Cloud
Moving legacy systems to the cloud doesn’t need to be a big hassle. A new generation of tools and more rigorous migration practices are easing the effort to move large workloads to private and public clouds. Our experts discussed what works and what doesn’t in this CSC Town Hall event.
To understand the challenge, you have to look at it from a CIO’s perspective says Rolf Wagner, director for cloud migration at CSC. “Envision a whiteboard with a bunch of lines and apps. CIOs are looking at that, trying to figure out what’s in the environment, how it’s connected and, ultimately, how these components are going to perform in the new target environment,” Wagner says.
Racemi CEO Lawrence Guillory says that transitions are getting easier in part because companies better understand what cloud is, and isn’t. “Companies have become more educated about cloud, which is removing internal concerns to adoption,” Guillory says. Better tools help, too. “Today’s tools are data-driven. The discovery tools we use allow us to work with everyone from the CIO to application owners to help them understand how to migrate.”
Guillory also says practice makes perfect. “We’ve done a lot of migrations. We’ve developed a lot expertise and best practices in our work together with CSC. That expertise is especially deep with Amazon Web Services (AWS),” he says.
Wagner says companies make a few common mistakes in the push to migrate. “You need a good business strategy. You need to have an understanding of the alternative ways cloud can be configured to meet workload performance requirements,” Wagner says.
Speed is another issue, Wagner says. “I often see that customers want to move very fast, sometimes faster than they can achieve with their own staff,” he says. Working in parallel can help achieve that speed, without overtaxing staff. “Sometimes you need to migrate quickly and achieve some scale and cost reduction – but at the same time do some parallel application modernization.”
Bowman Hall, general manager for cloud at CSC, agrees that a data-driven, plan-based approach is important. “You have to analyze and understand existing workloads,” Hall says. “Some applications can be easily moved to a public cloud tomorrow. Other workloads may have issues that require a component to stay on premise while the front end can migrate to the public cloud. Another class of applications may have issues like hard-coded IP addresses. Those might require modernization to migrate.”
Guillory outlined three practices that help ensure success:
- Identify quick wins. Single out applications you can move quickly and successfully to show value, and to build momentum and credibility.
- Be decisive. Whether you’re managing the timeline, the architecture or the responsibility of choosing a particular vendor, make a decision and hold the line.
- Make it a priority. Don’t expect application owners to do their day job and then tackle critical migration tasks. Make the migration a priority.
In the end, Hall says experience plays the key role. “You can really go down a rat hole if you decide, for example, that all of a particular data center will be moved – without a close inspection and discovery of the applications, and then building a plan on the business and technical benefit of moving it to cloud.