A Thousand and One Ways to Migrate to the Cloud

A Thousand and One Ways to Migrate to the Cloud

By Dominick Sorrentino, Editor  |  August 05, 2015

If there is one constant when it comes to server migration—whether on-premises to on-premises, cloud to cloud, on-premises to cloud, or vice versa—it is that there are no constants.

“Every server is a snowflake,” Kenan Rappuchi of WSM told TMCnet at Cloud Expo NYC earlier this summer. The depth of variation between enterprises large and small, and the nature of their migration will differ depending on whether it is a complete environment migration, or executed in phases, and will be determined in greater detail based on the composition, construct and configuration of application stacks, workloads, server farms and digital assets.  

In other words, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. And as a result, according to Rappuchi, a trend is occurring in which businesses are enduring unnecessarily long delays and higher costs during the cloud migration process.

“[Businesses] are confused by all the new cloud services vendors popping up in the market who are pitching solutions  that  are either irrelevant to their specific case, potentially unnecessary and overcomplicated, or just flat out misleading ” Rappuchi said. “So we see a delay in cloud adoption that is vendor generated because the vendors are typically trying to have a solution that is going to fit every model.”

As the company that essentially invented the migration services industry category over a decade ago, and one that has completed hundreds of thousands of migrations, WSM has learned that experience is the only teacher when it comes to staging a migration. It is this experience that makes it possible to provide reliable migration services, and to do so with a degree of certainty, and cost efficiency.

“For example, we had a CIO of a larger mid market freight and logistics company visit our booth yesterday who told us that they spent almost a half-a-million dollars over six months on a big, blue chip technology consulting firm for a cloud assessment,” Rappuchi said. “Who in the end basically told them ‘it might work,’ whereas in a fraction of that time, say 30 days and less than $50,000, WSM would have completed a proof of concept that would tell them empirically what would and would not work.”

“We’re on the frontlines,” Rappuchi added. “We migrate thousands of servers and cloud instances every month, so we see pretty much everything that everybody’s dealing with.”

Recently, WSM has been vetting new commercial migration tools to determine if they’re plausible to use at scale migrations—a task that can ultimately help ensure smoother migration strategies into the cloud.

And with the rise in enterprise mobility, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, and the dawning age of the IoT, you don’t have to hedge your bets: cloud computing is here to stay. By no means is this an indicator of the end times for on-premise infrastructure; however, the terrain is changing, and enterprises need not wander aimlessly, or spend recklessly, as they migrate through it. 



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